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Hi

I hope you can help. I have just bought my first house with my boyfriend and
we are have little idea about interior design. So far we have two brown leather
settees. We want to have a dining table and chairs in the room as well but we
are unsure on what colour wood would be best (also for other items of
furniture), I feel that to much dark brown is going to look wrong. The second
issue we cant agree on a colour so far we have looked at light blue and a light  
orange sort of colour. The room is of medium size and has two windows but I
wouldn't describe it as a light room.

Thanks for any help you can give!

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Hi Kathryn

There is a particular combination of blue-y aqua, brown and cream that I really like.

It is like the third rug down on this page:

http://www.decorating-vacation-property-for-profit.com/Floor_Covering.html

Based on what you have told me I would suggest you go with your instict of avoiding dark brown wood and go with a much lighter wood finish.  

A warm but pale blue would be good and if you are still unsure then I would suggest you have one blue wall (perhaps the wall you face the most where you have a fireplace or your TV) and paint the remaining walls cream.

How do you feel about pattern?

If your carpet, curtains etc. are plain it might be nice to add a bit of pattern with a wall panel:

http://www.decorating-vacation-property-for-profit.com/Textile_Art.html

and/or some cushion covers:

http://www.decorating-vacation-property-for-profit.com/do_it_yourself_cushion_co

There are lots of fabrics you could choose from that would bring all your colours together but here are some suggestions:

http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=6d1ae19d-6352-404d-9e1c-de77f
http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=3c03e23c-45f2-4238-af5d-f15f9
http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=7eb15d8e-99c9-4e2e-8d15-fb54b

The only important thing really with the fabric is that the pattern brings all your colours together in one.

Kind regards,

Andrea  

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