Whether you’re decorating a new home or planning a room freshening up, here is a checklist of decorating mistakes to avoid in order to succeed during the process.
Stick to one design style
Sure, having a dedicated design style will help you design the interior, but it will also limit you to just one decorating style that doesn’t end up feeling particularly appealing. Instead, create a visually interesting transition mix of periods and styles for an unexpected approach that gives you more freedom in your work.
Keep it upright too
One of the most common décor mistakes that Décor Aid interior designers see all too often is homeowners foregoing functionality for the sake of formality. But in reality, the more precious and inviolable a room feels, the less fun it is to use. And since you don’t live in a museum, there’s no need to keep the feel of a room too tense.
Art installed too high or too low
When installing art in your home, take a cue from modern art galleries and hang the pieces so that they are perfectly at eye level for the best effect. Because in reality, no one should have to look further to pick up what you brought with you.
Badly planned layout
From an annoying sidewalk to furniture placed flush against the walls to the lack of conversation areas, furniture layout can really help define a space if it’s done well. Be conscious and practical when placing furniture so that you feel well equipped.
A carpet that is too small
When decorating a room, most interior designers always recommend starting from scratch. Think of flooring as a starting point and don’t be shy when it comes to scaling. Take the largest rug possible to really make a great statement.
Buy everything from a single source
Too often people stick to a brand because it’s easier and you can get everything you need in one fell swoop. By doing this, however, you run the risk of your home looking like a one-note showroom. So, if you haven’t won a branded competition, go for a variety of furniture from trusted brands to give you a unique feel.
Avoiding games on a scale
For a charmingly layered look, get creative with playful contrasts and bold juxtapositions to keep the eye moving and be inspired by the unexpected. As with decoration flaws, adding pieces of the same size and height will give a mild result.
A television is not a focus
It might be great to gather around your TV for a cozy night out, but it shouldn’t be an important focal point in a room in any room. The more hidden the better, because the look of a TV is not sophisticated. However, if you must have one, consider playing loops from short art films while this one is not in use.
Getting too trendy
Pinterest and Instagram are great for sourcing inspirational images. However, if you stick too closely to what you see, you will end up with pieces that everyone has seen a million times. Instead, use Pinterest trends as decorative cues and investigate how to make elements of them unique to you.
Skipping multipurpose parts
Sure, there are some pieces that are just about great aesthetics, but regardless of the size of your home, most pieces should have a multipurpose ability. This, in turn, helps you make the most of a space with functional and practical elements.
Rely on ceiling lights only
When it comes to lighting your home, one of the most drastic decorating mistakes we see often is a lack of layered lighting. Instead of relying on the cold and clinical feel of regular ceiling lighting, you can create soothing layers of light using floor lamps, wall lights, table lamps, and even candles, all of which are positioned at different heights.
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