√ Do buy large items first
e.g. Couches, chairs, tables, Curtains, carpets, etc.
√ Do select at least one artistic piece. This piece has to combine the color scheme and style you wish to achieve.
e.g. a statue, a painting, a Persian rug, a vase, etc.
√ Do pinpoint the center of attraction of each room and arrange all the other items around it.
e.g. a window, a painting, an arm chair, a sculpture, a rack of shelves, etc.
√ Do select ornaments and accessories that add to theme of the room
X Don't settle for an item that you hate. If you already have one, you can remodel it, sell it, or even get rid of it.
X Don't make an item, which you are not really in love with, your focal point. You can either marginalize it or give it away
X Don't let your home appear so random. Find a common factor between all items, or make one!
e.g. common color, fabric, pattern, etc.
√ Do combine every group of furniture with a carpet (big or small) to differentiate it from other groups. √ Do consider the pros and cons of every type flooring before you install it. e.g. Parquet floors look elegant and lavishing, but they need to be periodically polished, maintain, and need special treatment when moving/ dragging furniture or spilling a drink. If not maintained promptly, they can also be a place for insects. e.g. Porcelain or granite floors are very refreshing during summer time, but they add to the coldness of winter. You need to make sure you can cover up the empty spots with appropriate carpets when it starts to get really cold. X Don’t leave too many open spots without carpets. Echoes, footsteps, and moving stuff sounds will be magnified by the uncarpeted spots. X Don't put large pieces of furniture within the doorway ranges.
e.g. room doors, cabinet doors, drawers, etc.
X Don't push all pieces of furniture against the walls (except in the very small rooms). Consider other unconventional regrouping of the furniture in an inviting setting.
√ Do make your favorite combination of shapes, prints, and colors.
e.g. geometric figures: checkers, circles, stripes (horizontal and diagonal stripes create the illusion of width, vertical lines create the illusion of height.)
e.g. shapes from nature: flowers, leaves, pebbles, etc.
e.g. plain matching/ contrasting/ blending colors etc.
√ Do try to establish a common theme, variations of the same theme, or close enough themes between the rooms. It will help you, and your visitors, feel more at harmony and will grant your home more value.
e.g. Ultra-modern could go with modern (but certainly not classic), style with stylize, earth colors together, pastel colors together, etc.
√ Do collect a few exotic pieces to add mystery and sophistication to your place.
e.g. Chinese or Indian statues, Arabesque or French screen (paravan), Persian rug, Japanese table ware, etc.
X Don’t use each color only once in the room. It has to be repeated in different items (maybe even shades), so it doesn’t look like the odd one out!