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Easy home decor: choose coordinating patterns for your sofa and drapes

If you start with your sofa and coordinate everything with that, it will be easier to finish your space.

If you start with your sofa and coordinate everything with that, it will be easier to finish your space.

There's no denying that decorating a house can be a challenge. Your house is supposed to be a distilled version of your personal style, expressive of both your taste and sensibilities, but it can be easy to get bogged down with the minutia of decorating and become so lost in a parade of throw pillows that you practically give up before you really get started. 

If you're overwhelmed by the plethora of potential options for decorating your house out there, it's best to stick to a plan that you know will work. One great piece of advice for decorating a living room – which is oftentimes the space visitors to your house will remember best – is to coordinate your window treatments with your sofa. 

While you might be picturing large floral patterns emblazoning both the seating and drapery, the technique can be much more tolerable – and downright stylish – if done using neutrals or subtle textures. 

In order for this to work, it's best to pick the couch first, since chances are that you'll have this for a while. Next, choose your curtains and drapes based on that. Don't feel pressure to get an exact match, but be sure to avoid clashing hues that are too close to one another, as this can have the opposite effect. 

Once you've decided on your drapes and sofa, you'll find that these accessories set a commanding tone in the room. From there it's easy to work on finding items that you like to complete the look of the space. As long as they seem to coordinate with your your chosen base color, you won't be able to go wrong. 

Don't get lost in the details when decorating your house. Instead make one decision and then work off of that.