5. Think about the style and mood you want to create. Sleek, modern and cheerful? Moody, lush and eclectic? Try to nail down the look and feel you want in a few words, and use them to help you make decisions when you are out shopping.
Every piece in the space shown here contributes to the mood, from the intricate carved wood furniture and deep blue-gray hues to the batik- and ikat-patterned cushions, soft lighting and bowl of bright tangerines.