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Simple ways to create home harmony

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Even if your house is finished to the highest standard, the hard work can be undone by having furniture and furnishings that are not in the right place.

To avoid this conundrum and to give your home a helping of harmony, there are some simple but effective strategies you can employ.

Good Housekeeping has the following tips to help you achieve this without breaking the bank or your patience.

Create a focal point

Not every room needs a focal point, but having an idea about where this could be is a great starting point. One good approach is to think of the room like you’re painting a picture; whereabouts do you start? Where do you first want people’s eyes (and your own) to be drawn when entering the room?

How does it feel?

The feel of a room is not the texture of the fabrics, but rather the ambience and atmosphere. It does not need to be consistent with the rest of the house but it does need to be consistent within the room itself. It is possible to create energy within a space, which is then transferred to anyone who enters the room; the key is to avoid being too minimalistic, as the environment can end up looking sterile and have the opposite effect by sucking energy out of the space.

Let light lead the way

A common faux pas when decorating a space is to leave the lighting til last, but this can end up being detrimental to the environment. Having a flexible lighting scheme is the key to creating a pleasant living area. There is a common belief that it can be very expensive to redo a lighting scheme, but if the right one is in place from the outset, the cost and hassle can be minimised and any outlay on lamps or other features is ultimately worthwhile.

Logic must come first

The age-old question of style over substance is one that can be solved by marrying the two, and this is especially true in your home interior. Not only does the layout need to make sense, but all furniture must fit comfortably in the space. This can be a problem for those moving house, who are desperate to relocate all of their furniture to the equivalent room in the new house, but this can leave the room looking either cluttered or empty. Likewise, having things like coffee tables in positions where shins can be banged does not make a harmonious space. Good design is all about creating a balanced space.

Colour your mood

The colour scheme of a room has a direct impact on its mood, so it is important to think about this from the outset. Ensuring a good balance between tonality with dark, light and mild tones can maintain the sense of harmony and also avoid creating a sea of beige.

Consider the shape

The shape of a room can often determine what goes in it and how it is placed there, and in some cases concessions need to be made. If it is a living area, you need to think about whether the safe will go against the wall or not; if the room is quite small then it will be difficult to squeeze past and it can make it seem smaller, while a sofa against the wall of a large room can make it seem empty. The key is to ensure the space between multiple sofas or chairs is big enough for people to chat without having to shout or literally being face to face.

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