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34 Following your assessment, the consideration to what furniture should be used can start. Find items of value. If you have existing furniture by all means use them but keep to three pieces per room given that you revamp one. Change a part of the piece (for example seat of chair) to a dark colour. This will create a backdrop for an accent - fabric, scatter or something like coloured riempies. Where more than three items with the same material (wood, plastic, metal, glass) is being used a red flag should go up. Replace that piece with a one of the other materials mentioned. Think about how light and views are reflected of these materials and how it will change from day to night especially with our assessment at hand. When all furniture is placed and the styling has begun, the pieces of the same material should be your red flag for consideration. Combinations of reflective materials such as glass or polished stainless steel can break a too solid or chunky design. Tinted glass as seen in the dining room table example will mirror the environment from your immediate surroundings and can become the accents you might be seeking instead of you adding it yourself. As the seasons change so will your accents. The same applies to any views you might have on your property. Optimise them as much as possible! They are free! desIgn Namibia December 2015/January 2016