October 18, 2020
When planning to decorate your home, your first instinct may be to draft a list of ideas and inspiration. While this is a great place to start, you may want to take a moment to learn the common décor mistakes many tend to make, and how to avoid them.
There are countless decisions to make when designing a space, and one decision typically affects the next, so keeping these faux pas in mind will help keep you on the right path throughout your journey.
No game plan. It might seem like the logical thing to do is to start small. Start with one room and move on until you have tackled your home. Unfortunately, this can lead to a house filled with rooms that feel disconnected and haphazard. While you don’t want every room to have the same exact color palette and décor, you do want your home to flow and feel like a cohesive unit. Have an idea of what you want each room to look like before you begin, and you will be much happier with the result.
Choosing trend over taste. There is nothing wrong with following a design trend if you really love it, but far too often we see people getting tired of their décor because they ignored their instincts. Everyone has their own style, and what is “on trend “right now may not be your thing, and that is okay. You will never have regrets if you choose pieces that speak to you and you absolutely love.
Choose the right size rug. A quite common design mistake is choosing an area rug that is too small for your space. A too-small rug can throw off the aesthetic of an entire room. Your furniture should fit on your rug, or at least sit on the perimeter.
Not using a mix of lighting. The recessed light: a gift and a curse. With recessed lighting being so popular in living spaces, sometimes other lighting options get forgotten. Overhead lighting can be unflattering and doesn’t provide all the lighting you need. What you want is a mix of floor and table lamps, sconces, pendants, etc. along with overhead, to provide a well-balanced and well-lit space.
Pushing furniture against the wall. Our instincts tell us to place our larger furniture, such as sofas and accent tables, up against walls to maximize our space. While this idea can work, often you fall into the safe and boring aesthetic that you see in every home. Try making your sofa the focal point of your living room or pulling some pieces away from the wall for a more interesting look.
At the end of the day, choose décor that works for your home and makes you happy. There will always be do’s and don’ts when it comes to interior design, and things that fall in and out of style. Our goal is to help guide you in the right direction, but you should always go with your gut.
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