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How to Choose Curtains and Pillows for Your Home or Apartment.

Making the right choices for your interiors

  • Depending If you have the time and inclination, you can save money by making them yourself. However if you are daunted by the prospect of sewing meters and meters of fabric, you will be better off purchasing them, ready made.
  • If you are on a tight budget and need to save some cash, you may want to purchase some good quality second-hand ones.
  • A friend of mine bought some beautiful silk floor length curtains that would have cost the earth, if she had bought them, brand new.
  • Some Interior, curtain and linen stores have good sales to move stock, before the next season. Amazing what you can find if you time it right!
  • You also might consider dyeing your own curtains if they are cotton. Especially for a child's room.

Yellow and blue grey, complement each other, well.

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Build up your room like you would a painting


  • When searching for cushions, take a swatch of colour that was in your mind and in your colour scheme range. Incredible how many shades and hues of one colour there are. Sad to get back home only to find that the shade of cushion, just does not look quite right.
  • Your curtaining should be neutral so that you can create a harmonious look by adding colour in your lamps, pictures and cushions. Together there is a peaceful ambiance, instead of a garish muddle of the colour palette.
  • Build up your room like you would a painting. In nature there is a balance. Not too much sky or mountains, but foliage in the way of trees and little splashes of iridescent flowers, to finish off the work of art!
  • A theme that you create can help make your choices, much easier. Jot down your ideas that you got from magazines, or home décor showrooms.
  • You need to create something that will be pleasing to your own taste and be easy to live with.

Muted colours are easy on the eye and emotions.

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Soft Peach and light grey is harmonious.

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See nature around you with new eyes

If you need inspiration for your interior decorating, go to nature for your colour palette. The sea and sky are full of colour co-ordinating elements. Include the beach, sand and pebbles, too.

Mountains and plains have their own rustic hues and shades. From deep ochre, burnt orange, to pale leaf green grasses and trees. Mountains in the distance, are light filmy grey.

The savannah and its rustic colour combinations

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Another Rustic Colour Scheme in blue and beige

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Vibrant Pinks and Aqua Palette

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Comments

Diana Carol Abrahamson (author) from Somerset West on October 28, 2020:

I love your idea of a seasonal change makeover for your curtain change and furniture move-around. Must feel so fresh and inspiring. Thanks for the visit, Liza.

Liza from USA on October 28, 2020:

I change curtains and move my furniture when the season change. I love doing it. Thanks for your tips on how to choose the right curtains and pillows, Diana. It's about time for me to change the curtains as autumn is here.

Diana Carol Abrahamson (author) from Somerset West on October 27, 2020:

Yes so true. Colours vary incredibly. You just have to see a swatch of colours, at a paint shop to realise how many shades there are of one colour. Thank you for visiting my post, Sp Greaney

Sp Greaney from Ireland on October 26, 2020:

You definitely need pick a palette that compliments each other. Also your suggestion of comparing samples to your interiors is so important.

Diana Carol Abrahamson (author) from Somerset West on October 26, 2020:

Thank you Peggy. Yes pre-planning and thought, over your colour scheme can go a long way to prevent wasting money, on wrong choices, made in a hurry.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 26, 2020:

Your idea of layering colors and curating them to decorate a room is excellent advice.

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