Create a montage of magic on your walls

PUBLISHED: 10:15 20 May 2015 | UPDATED: 16:21 07 October 2015

The Richard Harvey Collection

The Richard Harvey Collection

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It’s important to make your mark in a home, but faced with a blank canvas, the task isn’t always easy. However, Richard and Louise Harvey are on hand to help in their shop, The Richard Harvey Collection.

If you already have one strong visual presence in the room, don’t introduce a second – they will just fight for attention and look chaoticIf you already have one strong visual presence in the room, don’t introduce a second – they will just fight for attention and look chaotic

Louise says…

The secret to creating a harmonious environment is to avoid clutter and keep it consistent. Deciding the theme beforehand is often the most difficult stage. Once you have established the look you want, the fun can begin in choosing your pieces! Another approach is to think big and scale down from there. In other words if you buy numerous medium – small sized pieces first and then see a large wall clock or beautiful print that you simply can’t do without, your previously assigned purchases may end up being side lined and become redundant.

A statement piece, such as a large clock, can draw attention to another feature in the roomA statement piece, such as a large clock, can draw attention to another feature in the room

If you are fortunate to live in a home with large walls and high ceilings, take advantage and perhaps assign just one large signature piece to the area - remember, less is more! And also remember that the living space that you are personalising is three dimensional. Decide where you want the most emphasis – or where you’d like less focus to be, and everything will fall into place. A heavily patterned floor and matching walls will instantly create a psychedelic spectacle that will be difficult to take in and a little claustrophobic! So if you already have one strong visual presence in the room, don’t introduce a second – they will just fight for attention and look chaotic!

If space is a little more challenging, there are subtle little tricks you can try, such as using mirrors to create the illusion of more space. Mirrors can be used in such a variety of ways, from amplifying light and breaking up visual blocks, to, expanding wall space and introducing stunning visual effects. There are so many styles of mirror frames available today and we currently have over 50 versions in stock at our wonderful showrooms. From driftwood surrounds which are organic, naturally shaped works of art to modern versions of Venetian style full glass mirrors. One of our personal favourites is the window effect mirror which can be used as a single feature, or, in multiples to create a stunning visual effect. Hanging several framed painting or prints on a wall is fine, as long as they are by the same artist – otherwise your theme becomes a little diluted. However by hanging a framed print on the wall and coupling it with a similarly coloured clock or neutral mirror, you are creating a lot of interest but without the threat of confusion. Symmetry is another thing to consider – aesthetically pleasing on the eye, it helps the room retain a sense of space and order. It indicates that whatever your personal choices are, they will all have been carefully considered. You can also use a statement piece, such as a large clock to draw attention to another feature in the room, like a fireplace. The clock can be hung from the wall but just high enough to create the optical illusion that it is sitting gently on the mantelpiece.

Mirrors can be used in such a variety of ways, from amplifying light and breaking up visual blocks, to expanding wall space and introducing stunning visual effectsMirrors can be used in such a variety of ways, from amplifying light and breaking up visual blocks, to expanding wall space and introducing stunning visual effects

If you are keen to keep things contemporary but timeless (we all know that redecorating is expensive at the best of times), try to keep your range of colours to a minimum. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stray beyond Magnolia, it simply means that fashion is fickle and in general, the bolder the shade of colour, the more quickly it’s likely to become ‘so last year!’

Why not come and see us in our showroom, where we will be only too happy to help guide you where needed. Your dreams of a beautiful new living space will be realised before you know it! Above all else, remember these are only guidelines. Whatever you choose is never wrong, everyone has individual taste which is simply a reflection of your own personality so get creative - what’s not to like!

The Richard Harvey Collection, 28 Church Street, Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire CV36 4AP Tel: 01608 662168 www.rhcollection.co.uk

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