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People can be so focused on getting their furniture right, that they completely forget what comes afterwards. You’ve got your house all nicely laid out and looking clean, but what about your furnishings? Your cushions, your curtains, all those little things that really make a house pop.

They’re just as important as any area of home decor and style. They can add a pinch of color, accent areas of your room, and bring something that looks bland right back up to scratch. If all your furniture is laid out nicely, and the house is almost finished, this is your next step - and here’s some advice.

Don’t overdo it

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Think minimal!

In this instance, being frugal is key. A house that’s decorated too much doesn’t look great, and the result is a cheap looking mess. You can have all the frilly curtains and pieces of decorative art you want, but if there’s too much, your home will suffer. Think small quantities of good stuff!

Think in one’s. For example, one piece of art per room, one matching set of cushions, one rug… any more than one and you’re in trouble.

Subtle is best


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Spot the furnishings!

So, you’ve got the quantity right, but what about the quality? It’s important that your furnishings blend in with and match everything around them. They’re not meant to be focal points of a room; they’re meant to accent.

You can do this by matching types of furnishings with types of furniture. For example, handmade soft furnishings will blend in more easily with your handmade furniture. It all depends on what you have in your room at any given point.

Curtains or blinds?

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Curtains block light...

It’s a question that’s as old as time, but the curtains vs blinds debate never seems to end! The truth is, both have their pros and cons, and one isn’t better than the other. Both are useful depending on your needs and the payout of your house.

It depends on your preferences. Blinds let in a lot more light than curtains, and have more angles of adjustment. Also, blinds tend to look more modern, and can capably fit in with an elegant, neutral style. If you don’t have many windows in your home and you need all the light you can get, blinds can let in a lot of it. This is also a good way to save a bit of cash on your energy bills by using natural light.

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...blinds don’t

Curtains, on the other hand, aren’t as flexible. They have two settings; all the light, or none of it. If you want the ability to blackout a room curtains are the clear winner. Blinds simply don’t have this capability. This also raises issues of privacy, too; curtains will do a much better job at hiding your home. They do look more old-fashioned, but you can’t go wrong.


In fact, you can’t go wrong with either. Weigh up the pros and cons of each to reach a decision.  Or why not go for both?!

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  1. hilary bethell

    I'm furnishing a garden room I've got a teal check sofa have seen red check cushions and rug would it go

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