Furnishing are simply a small part of the puzzle. End and middle pieces are needed such as floor type, wall texture, and architectural details such as moldings and cornices.
Make sure the furnishings fit the size of the room. Higher ceilings call for larger scale upholstered pieces while low ceilings need longer but shorter appointments.
Create fabulous groupings. Think of different conversational areas or a nook for reading.
Start with a color palette. Find inspiration in a fabric, a work of art, a favorite dress. Choose a few hues and maybe only use these tones in accent pillows or ottomans.
Pull the paint colors from one room to another using accents and accessories to create a flow.
If using draperies, in particular panels, mount the rods as high as possible.
Try to avoid overhead light (with the exception of basement areas). Use lamps and chandeliers with dimmer switches.
Small cocktail and side tables or a set of nesting tables allow guest to place drinks down without feeling overwhelmed or having to reach for their beverage.
Accessories express your personality. A pile of old books, family photos, a glass bowl full of old keys, or anything that catches your eye.