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The Key to Every Good Interior Design

Symmetry – The Key to Every Good Interior Design

Have you ever asked yourself what is the first thing that strikes you when you enter a room that is just perfectly designed? Well, it's obviously the gorgeous color scheme, the fabulous furniture, charming decoration, but believe it or not, consciously or subconsciously, it's also a room’s symmetry. But why is that? First of all, it gives off a sense of balance which in turn has a peaceful and pleasing effect on us. Secondly, symmetry is all around us, from the arrangement of branches on a tree to our own bodies, therefore our brains are used to it.

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Garden Design Moodboard Inspiration

A classy garden masterpiece can be created using classic French furniture and classic style urns and other garden accessories. Use gentle soft whites, creams, beige and grey to add a sense of serenity and peace. The essence of this style of garden is the tranquility achieved from the use of white and cream flowers with gentle green foliage.

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How to Decorate with Pale Pink

Light pink tends to be associated with retro decor, children’s rooms, or antiquated bed and breakfast furnishings. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s good news for lovers of this gentle color. Rose Quartz was named Pantone Color of the Year in 2016 and is cropping up to show its sophisticated side. Home decor enthusiasts can use this as an opportunity to re-brand the “girly” hue as something a little more versatile.

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pastel color inspiration board created on

How to Create a Color Inspiration Board

In this colour inspiration board I used the following tools and techniques in the SampleBoard Creator.

Print-quality portrait canvas size
"Pinter Etsy" style template
Built-in search the web keyword search "pastels" to find pastel-inspired images
Create a color palette by searching pastel swatches
Shape tool to create the circle
Text tool to annotate your design

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