Interior Decorating Basics for Everyone’s Taste


Natural colour

If the room is small, bright colours can visually make it even smaller. Using only light colours is boring, so use natural shades. Calming neutrals will make the room feel soft and cosy. For large surfaces, use light colours: beige, light grey, olive. Carefully introduce contrasting dark tones into the contours of furniture and decor: into the wooden furniture case, table legs, metal shelf base, picture frames. Use textures, prints, stripes, polka dots, geometry, interesting weaving in textiles to diversify the interior. Use materials that feel different in the same colour or shade: leather, velvet, textured wood, metal, fur. The colour will unite the texture and leave tactile variety.


If you already have a lamp of an unusual shape and colour, make it the starting point of the room. Repeat the colour of the lamp in the upholstery, cushions, wall decor. “Mention” this shade in the patterned textiles of the room. Such a technique will visually connect the components of the room and unite them, even if they are made in different fabrics, with patterns of different themes. Duplicate the colour of the metal base of the lamp in one of the pieces of furniture. For example, put a rack, cabinet, coffee table or chest of drawers in the room that will use the same metal in a metal case, legs, or furniture handles.

Art object

Find a piece that you enjoy in performance and colour. This will be the starting point for interior decoration. Add textiles in shades that are used in a painting, poster, or reproduction. This can be decorative pillows or bedspreads, covers or furniture upholstery, a strip on curtains or a blanket on a sofa. Choose a carpet in one of the tones of the art object, but in a luscious or, on the contrary, pastel variation. Use your favourite piece of art in your home and blend it harmoniously into space.

Fabric pattern

If the room has textiles with a bright or prominent pattern, use them to decorate the space. Duplicate the background colour of the fabric on large furnishings, such as curtains or sofa upholstery. Support the colours of the pattern with a shade of a pouffe, armchair or carpet. Take a closer look at what colours, in addition to the background and patterned, are present in the fabric. Apply these shades in small decor. For example, in decorative pillows, a painted wooden cabinet, vases, and small decor. This approach will save you from mistakes in the selection of colours and make the room stylish.


If the interior already has a carpet with beautiful colour or an expressive pattern, make it a starting point for decoration. Emphasise the main colour of the carpet with upholstered furniture to match, located near it or on it. Use the same shade or a different colour for contrast. The colour wheel and simple rules of use will help to choose the right shade. Select the opposite shade of the carpet in the same saturation on the colour wheel for a strong contrast. If you want a delicate interior, choose a shade located on the circle next to the background colour of the carpet. Don’t forget about the doormat. It is great detail and can be even better if you purchase a custom door mat that will go with the carpet.

Family value or heirloom

Use something in the house as a starting point. It can be a family heirloom, a valuable or interesting piece of furniture, an expensive quality souvenir, or a handmade piece that may have been made with your own hands. Select this object in the interior, create a neutral or contrasting background for it, let it become the point of attraction for the eye, the compositional centre of the room. Support the style, decoration or colour of the item with additional decor, or leave it alone. Thus, the interior will acquire individuality and character.


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