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When designing your space, be it a bedroom, living room, dining etc, don’t box yourself in with one particular style, and buy everything that matches exactly. Its important to have direction, inspiration and know what you are drawn towards, but be careful not to go overboard or you could end up with a flat unbalanced space. Some tension or “opposites” create balance and interest. 

Examples of inspiration or style you may want to achieve:

“Vintage chic” – Cottage inspired, rustic and worn, with floral and pastels. This look is very light, airy and feminine, its a great look, but try and add some darker colors (in small amounts) black, deep grey or navy to ground the space and accent all of the floaty pastels. Some elements of modern or masculine added cleverly will make the space multidimensional and not too sweet or dream like.

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“Modern Industrial” – Clean lines, cool gray colors and metals. This look can be very cold and hard. Add some warm wood colors, fresh bright whites, organic shapes and textures to balance out the harder surfaces and warm the space up.

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Whatever look you want to achieve, remember to balance it out by adding some of the opposite to it so that you don’t fall into a trap of having a flat space without interest.

Think:

Light vs dark

Color vs neutral

Traditional vs modern

Masculine vs feminine

When in doubt, go with what you love! (Or hire an interior designer!)

 

Jennifer Koper, Acacia Designer

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