1. When putting colours and ideas together, try designing your own room makeover board to see how it will all work out before you take the plunge.
Buy an A1 sheet of mount card from an art supplies shop and paint your colour choices on this. Add your fabric swatches, decorative relief details and any contrasting schemes and see how it all works together. You will save time, money and energy planning your ideas in this way plus you can involve your friends and ask what they think.
2. Have several light sources in a space not just one overhead ceiling fixture. Incorporate floor and table lamps for reading. Chandeliers offer overall ambience and illumination. Track and recessed lighting provide accents for art and tasks.
3. If you are stuck with choosing a colour for decorating your room, look around for clues such as a colour in a cushion, tile, picture or piece of fabric, then go from there. Once you have your background palette worked out, you can bring in other colour ideas as you go. Go slowly and build your ideas up gradually.
4. Use bold colours such as black, red, navy and the bolder colours sparingly if you want to simply add a touch of relief or drama to a room.
5. Remember that fashionable styles and colours, such as animal prints, soon date and fall out of the trend. If you want your room design to last long term, avoid opting for the latest trend and go for something more classical.
6. If you have open plan surroundings or rooms that lead off each other, choosing complimentary colour schemes is very important as they should automatically correspond in such a way that they are simply an extension of the same idea. This is important with rooms such as en suites and dining rooms that link up to kitchens. Try to keep the theme continuous.
7.Take time to carefully plan your ideas and don't rush into the next step.
Remember to think about the size of room, amount of natural light, maximising space and working around fixtures.
8. Collect a library of ideas and catalogue them in order of preference to keep your options growing and help you decide which looks you think are best for your home.
9. Do not hang artwork too high. Hang art around 170cm-185cm to the top of the piece from the floor. This is most visually appealing in a room with a 2.5 mt ceiling. There are exceptions when the art is very large or it is hanging above a large furniture piece. Don't hang art in a diagonal line.
Group smaller pieces together to create one focal point. Take a look in decorating magazines and study how art is hung for good visual examples