Some people think that to decorate you have to go out and spend a lot of money and buy all kinds of things that match perfectly. Interior designers will tell you it is not about matching but about coordinating. Your home will look less like a hotel lobby and more like a comfortable, welcoming retreat if you don’t have every piece of furniture in the setting exactly matched.

Furniture placement can make a mixed-matched set look like it was meant to go together. Place seating with occasional tables in groups the designers refer to as conversational settings. This might include two chairs, a love seat and a coffee table or just a couple of chairs with an end table between them at distances conducive to conversation.

When it comes to interior decorating, color is another decorating element. Even with subtle or muted colors you can create a multi-dimensional interior setting. Tones of the same color will add depth without a busy feeling. Different textures in the same color will have the same results.

Lighting is an often overlooked decorating accent that can make or break a room’s appearance. There is ambient lighting that casts a light glow to the whole space, or task lighting such as a desk lamp that helps you see better in a specific spot. There is even lighting that you can shine up from the floor through your plants to add just the right amount of light for watching television or to keep a touch of light in the room at all times.

Furniture, its placement, color, and light all work together for a complete interior design. With a little experimentation and the information you can find in the electronic manual, you can decorate like the pros.