Decorating your home is first and foremost a question of personality and creativity. But in order not to make mistakes in taste, there are rules to know and apply.

The mistakes that lead to a faux pas in decorating are legion and most often consist of arranging rooms too quickly without taking the time to immerse oneself in their atmosphere, buying too much too quickly by giving in to the attraction of special offers or crushes, and wanting to put back into a new home furniture that one already had but which does not necessarily fit in. The most frequent problems are too many patterns in a room, an accumulation of furniture or furniture that is too large in too small a space, a mixture of styles, poor definition of the different zones in a room, and poorly adapted lighting. Volume, colour, lighting, fabrics and prints are the elements that make a room pleasant to live in and feel good in.

Volume and style

in order to avoid creating a junk shop effect by accumulating furniture of disparate styles and knick-knacks, it is necessary to decide on a style that will be the common thread and keep a coherence in the decoration. The size of the furniture must be adapted to the volume of the room and there must be space for circulation between them to avoid a feeling of being crushed.


It is best to use a maximum of three colours in a room. Once the dominant colour has been chosen, two other colours should be chosen, making sure that they blend well together or by using them in a cameo.


it is important for a room to be pleasant to live in. There are three levels of lighting: ceiling lights to illuminate tables and worktops, lamps and wall lights for a soft, relaxing atmosphere, and table or bedside lamps for work and rest areas.

Fabrics and prints

these create a special and original atmosphere. They add the finishing touch to the room and should not be overlooked. Curtains, sheers, rugs, plaids and cushions are decorative accessories in their own right, and curtains should not be reduced to their primary function of blocking the view, but should be chosen to create a cosy, intimate atmosphere. If you mix several prints, it is preferable that they are in the same tones and that they harmonize with the colors of the room.

Interior design takes time, thought and attention. Don’t rush into buying everything you think you’ll need in one go, but start with the essentials and get to grips with the atmosphere of the room as you go along.

Corinne Gibert

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