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Gone are the days of choosing a particular interior style and matching your furniture, fabrics and accessories to it. Now the goal is to make your home happy and interesting and layered up with your beautiful things – the items that you have collected along your lifejourney.

“Your personal style is who you are and what you love,“ says Catherine Martin, Director of Newcastle Curtains and Blinds.

Catherine also says that we shouldn’t be afraid to break the rules, “think texture, colour and pattern and don’t hold back,” she adds.

The new contemporary style is eclectic you! Use a piece of furniture as a focal point, give it a makeover with some chalk paint or leave as an original and use this as your statement piece in a room.

Your colour choices may be a New Hampton’s blue or green colour palette, a splash of midnight blue from the roaring 20’s, a beautiful deep sea green for a statement coastal feel or create a feature wall with a sophisticated neutral.

Walk the streets and get online armed with your colour inspiration to find a range of the perfect cushions. I suggest that you chose only one at a time. Let your style evolve, and remember to be patient - the look is all about individualism, and this can’t be bought in a single day. Next - add a textured rug to make a statement.

Once you have collected the basics to start the “New You” style you need to think about layering. Look for colour pops, statement pieces (expensive, or op-shops pickups) Get creative, think timber, metals (Dulux have a great range of metallic colours) texture and colour.

Mix things up, move things around, love what you love and throw out what you don’t. Look for inspiration from nature - the garden, the beach, bushwalking, flowers, fabrics, memories, music, hats or old books. Create a new art wall inspired by old photos, memories or just beautiful things. Don’t be too serious and have some fun with it.

When it comes to renewing your window furnishings to tie the whole look together, the designers at Newcastle Curtains and Blinds are experienced with working with "your style" to create a beautiful living space in your home. Check out their website at www.newcastlecurtainsandblinds.com.au

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