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Trinbagonians are Christmas lovers at
heart. They dive into the Season with vigour
and zest to ensure everything is in place to
make the most of the Season as they share
it with family and friends. Decorating the
home with furniture for the Holidays is a rich
tradition in most of our homes -- whether it's
treating the family living space to a fresh set
of chairs, end tables, and other living room
furniture elements, showing the bedroom
some love with a new bed, or
With furniture stores like Courts and Stan-
dards offering beautiful, top-quality furni-
ture and fittings suited for the Holidays and
beyond, there is a range of options to match
every homeowner's tastes and fancies.
When choosing your furniture, there are sev-
eral things you can take into consideration
to maximise the final look and feel you are
hoping to create within the space you have
Interior Designer Greg Natale, on
realestate.com.au, has outlined some tips for
choosing fashionable furniture for your home.
His insight provides guidance on furniture
trends, colour choices, style definition, and
keeping things fresh.
Mix and match different furniture styles be-
cause there are no limits. Use colours and
shapes to combine, what could appear to be a
mishmash of furniture, into a unified living
space with pieces that complement, rather
than compete with each other.
Getting back to nature is a popular theme
with colours. Green is the standout popular
colour, but other colours such as red and or-
ange are still favourites. Neutral colours such
as beiges, whites, charcoal grey and black are
popular. Sydney interior designer Greg Natale
says black has always been a popular choice,
and ties different furniture styles together.
The trend of decorating your home or room
using one style has disappeared -- one style is
bland and leaves the room wanting a person-
ality. A house full of antiques looks clunky and
using only contemporary furniture can look
flat. The rule for furniture styles is that there
are no fixed style rules -- you don't have to
match styles. Greg Natale says Europeans are
the leaders in this design concept -- they deco-
rate old architecture with sharp contemporary
"If the room is painted in contemporary
colours -- the contrasting styles can work.
There's no reason why you can't mix Asian
with contemporary," says Greg.
Research is the secret to success when
choosing a furniture and design style. Stock-
up on interior design magazines to identify the
styles that appeal to you, which gives you a
sneak peek at the latest styles the top design-
ers are using. Choose three different styles
that somehow move you -- or make you feel
good -- or an ever-present style you grew up
with. "We always try to personalise interiors,"
Unify styles using shape and colour -- you
can mix contemporary with Asian and unify
with black antique pieces. A theme can also
tie furniture pieces together, for example if
you love Moroccan themes strong reds would
dominate, so you could use red artwork or
cushions to unify the look.
And if you're not sure how your new look
will hold up, borrow before you buy, so you can
see how it looks.
Look a million bucks without spending a for-
You don't have to spend a million bucks to
make your home look like a millionaire's. If you
don't have the money to spend on an interior
designer, or to fit-out your home with designer
pieces, all it takes is a signature chair or chan-
delier. A centrepiece like a chair or chandelier
will make your home look great. It's worth the
investment. It is also important to remember
not to scrimp on any chairs in your home, as
they can make or break your interior.
Long-lasting furniture and fabric
If you want to get the most for your money,
Greg advises using dark colours, especially if
you have children. Dark colours will hide stains
and look good for longer than a lighter
Leather is also a great looking, long-lasting
furniture covering, but if leather is not your
style, heavy, dark, textured wool fabrics are
the next best option.
Furniture, Food, Festivities.
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