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How To Tie A Room Together

Posted on June 02 2022

How To Tie A Room Together

We all have decorative items we love and signature pieces of furniture we adore, but when it comes to interior design, one of the key challenges often involves tying these items together to create a cohesive look and feel within a room.

When you manage this design feat, it transforms a space containing mismatched items into a room with an individual style yet an overarching theme.

So, let’s look at how that’s done, with some pro tips on how to tie a room together…

It’s in the curation

Decorator items, photographs and special pieces that you have collected over time help create a sense of personality in any space.

But like an art gallery, using these to best effect is all about the curation. Although the items don’t need to match, try to select pieces that complement each other in terms of style, theme and colour.

In doing so, be mindful of the size and scale of the room, and consider clustering a small array of objects together rather than wheeling out an entire collection.

Have artwork as a focal point

The right artwork offers immense opportunity to create a feel and theme within a space. When selecting artwork, opt for one single major piece that is the focal point and then take cues of colour and style from that piece.

These cues will be picked up on later as you employ other items like soft furnishings, throws and rugs to tie together styles, accents, colours and texture that complement the artwork and create a theme. 

Harness colour

Colour is one of the most effective tools available when it comes to tying a room together. Take a look around the space you have, the furniture you wish to use and the items you wish to display.

Which colours offer a common denominator and what palettes would then complement them?

This then forms the basis of the good old 60-30-10 interior design colour rule.

By way of a recap, that rule works like this:

  • Select one dominant shade that will make up 60 per cent of any room. This shade is usually neutral.
  • Next you add a secondary shade, which is where colour comes into play. This shade is the 30 per cent component and is slightly more bold.
  • Finally, you add a third shade which is even bolder, and it makes up the remaining 10 per cent.

Injecting colour then becomes easy, with the second and third hues picked up in items like artworks, photos, decorator pieces, cushions, throws and perhaps even rugs.


Use cushions

Cushions are a great way of tying together both the colours and textures of a space. They also offer the perfect way to reinvent and refresh classic furniture or your favourite couch.

Better yet, you can use cushions to pick up multiple colours and textures, arranging them so they tie together other items and colours found in a room.

Tap into the power of rugs

Just as cushions can tie a room together, so can some well-placed rugs. For example, you can position one rug beneath a coffee table, and another of a similar style and shape under the dining table or an occasional chair.

Using a similar rug in two different places helps create a sense of cohesion and allows one space to flow into another.

Whether it’s a feature piece of furniture, some decorator items, or soft furnishings like rugs, cushions and throws, we have a range of stunning pieces that allow you to easily update tie together the look and feel of any room.

And if, you’re looking for a little inspiration, you can find it here.