How to tie a room together

Published April 25, 2012

| NewsCore

When decorating a room, the smallest touches can make the biggest difference. Oftentimes, the successful decoration of a room can hinge on a few important features. These additions will complement the room's other features and add a sense of balance and order, to improve the overall feel of the space. Here is a quick guide to help you tie a room together.

Color
Selecting a central color palette will provide some cohesion to your space, particularly when you use different shades of the same color. If in doubt about which colors to use, consult a color wheel for guidance. Apart from monochromatic colors, you can also choose complimentary colors (those that appear on opposite ends of the wheel), or analogous colors (those that appear side by side). While the choice of color palette is up to you, it's important to remain consistent throughout the room.

Central painting
Another effective method for adding personality to a room is to include a painting or picture to serve as the focal point of the room.

Joie Tamkin, head designer at GalleryDirect.com explains: "A large canvas leaning against a wall that incorporates all the hues of the room will create an obvious focal point. The artwork can be abstract or a part of something more defined, but encapsulating all of the room's hues will make a linchpin piece."

If you've got collectibles or other items on display, be sure to match the art work to the room's individual theme. Both the subject and the colors of the piece can be used to tie the various features of a room together.

Fabrics
Using one type of fabric for key pieces of furniture to match the color and tone of your room can be an extremely effective way of tying the space together. If you're redecorating a room, this doesn't necessarily mean purchasing an entire suite of new furniture. Instead, you might consider using throws, pillows, table cloths or lampshades to link different pieces together.

Collectibles
Displaying a collection of trinkets and collectibles can be a great way to tie a room together, while adding your own personal touch. It's important to try keeping a constant theme throughout. Whatever you choose to display, be mindful of color, theme and size when deciding if everything fits together. Remember, less can often be more when it comes to decorating, so adding a few small pieces may be all it takes to give the space the personal touch it needs.

Decorative rug
When tying a room together, a decorative rug can be among the most effective tools at a decorator's disposal. The right rug can highlight your flooring, add color to the room, accent individual pieces of furniture and improve the room's "flow."

Try placing a rug underneath the dining room table to accent the space. You could also place an oriental or colorful rug between a coffee table and sofa to draw the colors together. When choosing a rug, try matching it with the other colors on the walls, curtains or drapes to improve continuity.

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