Want a no-fuss room? Don't have any pattern at all - instead, co-ordinate your furniture with your walls and flooring, but keep the tones of your chosen colour very close. This will help the room feel more intimate.
Dressing your surfaces - coffee tables, shelves, side tables - is a real art. The trick is not to overdo it and to choose co-ordinating pieces for each part of the room
Swedish style is so easy to live with - choose cool colours for a classic look that won't date. [via-channel4]