It’s tricky to make your design dreams come to life and interior designers understand how challenging it can be. Interior designers have an eye for color, patterns, and textures, and even with how furniture should work in a space. They can immediately tell when something is not right, or whether it’s the orientation of a rug or the amount of light in a room. They can come with a lot of ways to create a space that will look ten times good that ordinary people might not notice or think.
If you don’t want to hire an interior designer to help you, we’ll share with you some of the most common mistakes that people make when decorating their homes.
Mistake #1: Matching Furniture
Avoid buying furniture that matches with other pieces or else your home will end up looking like a furniture showroom. A more collected look will add great personality to your home. Don’t try matching your bed frame with matching end table because it’ll just make your room look like a catalog. The best space looks like they’ve been collected over time.
Mistake #2: Retaining Grandma’s Furniture
Almost all of us have already received hand-me-down furniture we’d rather just get rid of but we don’t because we feel bad doing it. The best alternative you can is to try DIY-ing with some paint and new hardware. But if that’s not possible, you can just give the furniture to a relative who wants to have them in their home or just sell it for sale.
Mistake #3: Bad Lighting
Having extra lighting is not only for the purpose of seeing things easier, but it can also create more dynamic to a certain space. Plenty of people think that having overhead lighting is enough already, but your home will look better when you layer lighting. Try having ambient lighting from your floor lamps and table lamps.
Mistake #4: Having No Accessories
Most people opt not to put a few accessories in their home but don’t underestimate their importance. Sometimes it’s the small and simple styling touches that can make a space look and feel complete.
You may want to set aside a budget that’s made for some art and accessories. They can also be as significant as the big pieces of furniture, the TV, the rugs, and whatever pieces you want in your space.
Mistake #5: Wrong Size of Rugs
Many are doing this but remember that a common area such as your living room, a rug should always be wider than the width of your furniture so that it works as a foundation. Meanwhile, in a bedroom, it should be perpendicular to the bed.
Mistake #6: Keeping Up With Trends
If you are following too many design trends, sooner, your home will appear dated instead of timeless. Don’t be the type of person that gets easily pressured in keeping up with what everybody is talking about. Instead, try sitting down and ask yourself what you really want and love. Most of the time embracing individuality in your design will absolutely make your home as unique as you are.
Mistake #7: Too big or Too Small
When you are redecorating your space, it would be nice to measure your space and even create a floor plan. Having a visual of a potential space will help you see what you need and what furniture you can use in the existing space. “Scale” is an important design rule if you want to avoid items from being too small or too big for your space. Make sure to have a tape measure with you if you’re looking for furniture pieces because you’ll never know when you’ll find the perfect piece of furniture!
Mistake #8: Visible Clutter
Planning to have open storage such as shelves or nightstands that have an open base? Consider what you’re going to put on that because that will eventually become part of your home’s design.
Pay good attention to color groupings of different pieces and include a variety of neatly-organized accessories. Achieve an artful, eclectic mix of items, instead of a topsy-turvy mess.
Ivandrea Ollero is a writer for Wincrest Bespoke, one of Sydney’s well-renowned home builders who offer custom designed homes that blend elegance, space, and functionality to create a perfect match for families, suburbs, lands, and lifestyles. She is also a content crafter who researches and writes custom content about travel, fashion, finance, business, home improvements, health, and beauty in order to provide helpful information and tips for her readers. Ivandrea graduated from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016.