Have you made a massive decorating mistake without even realizing it? There are a lot of common mistakes to avoid.
It happens to everyone— you are shopping and see the perfect home decor accessory. Immediately you think, Oh! this will look perfect in my TV room!
Of course, you give in to the impulse buy and excitedly bring home your new-found treasure— only to discover that what looked liked the ideal accessory looks hideous when put in place, and you are left saying, What was I thinking? Where did I go wrong?
What most of us don’t understand is that interior design takes a very keen and knowledgeable eye. We may be out shopping and see something we love, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it will look perfect in our home. Interior designers understand how color, lighting, room size, scale, and placement all affect how items look in a room and dictates whether they will make or break a room design.
There are a lot of common mistakes that almost everyone makes when designing their interiors. Here we look at the 10 most common mistakes and how to avoid making them:
Learn the mistakes and avoid them, ensuring you achieve a well-designed home.
1) Scale in Interior Design
Scale is the hardest interior design trick to accomplish.
2) Shop Around and Budget Before Buying
Plan and budget before shopping the showroom floor.
3) Ask for Help and Interior Design Advice
Even the most skilled designers make mistakes. It can be difficult to spot our mistakes when we have been muddling over the same room design for months—sometimes a room needs a fresh set of eyes to spot the problems.
Ask a friend for an honest opinion on color choice, fabrics, or room arrangement. If it is feasible, hire an interior designer for guidance—you don’t have to hire one for an entire design project, as there are plenty of designers who charge by the hour. Interior designers are full of clever design tips and tricks that can transform your home.
If you disagree with the second opinion, then get a third. Listening to advice, doesn’t mean we have to take it—your home design is uniquely yours and if you love it, then that’s all that really matters, right?
Interior designers and talented friends can offer you a lot of helpful design advice when struggling over design choices. Image Source: Sublime Group
4) Arrangement of Accessories and Collections
Arrange your collections properly. Scattering them throughout the home is a big decorating mistake. Image Source: Christopher Stark
5) Hanging Art
Showcase your art collection like an art gallery. Image Source: House and Home Palm Springs
6) Buy Fabrics and Textiles First
Always pick out your fabrics and textiles before painting. Image Source: Lucy And Company
7) Add Character
Character takes time to build. Don’t make the mistake of buying everything all at one place and one time.
8) Add a Focal Point
Every room needs a focal point—it offers a place for the eye to rest and assigns a room with a function (Note: Larger rooms can have more than one focal point). This is a very common mistake—forgetting to give each room a purpose or point to focus on.
Some rooms are simple—in a TV room the focal point usually ends up being the TV and the unit it is placed on, while all the other main objects in the room (i.e. couches/chairs) are focused and pointing towards the TV.
Other rooms are a bit more difficult, such as sitting rooms or dens. Don’t just scatter furnishings about the room— first, find a focus or purpose for the room, and then place the furnishings around that focal point. For example a fireplace, a gaming table, a large painting, or even a coffee table that encourages guests to sit and converse.
A room needs a main focal point; a place for the eye to rest a minute, such as this large oil painting.
9) Don’t Keep Grandma’s Antique if you Dislike it
Life is too short to have things in your home that you don’t love. Don’t make the mistake of holding onto items out of guilt.
10) Show Your Personality
Your home should speak to who you are; it should be like a personal memoir of your trips, your loves, your life. There is nothing worse than walking into someones home to be greeted by beige walls, brown furniture and one mass-produced print on the wall, pretending to be art.
The above-mentioned room just screams BORING! and we know our readers are far from boring. So, don’t be shy when it comes to your home decor.
Bring in all the things you love, making your home a unique oasis that welcomes you at the end of a hard day, and also tells an intriguing story to your visitors.
Despite all the rules, you should decorate your home in a manner that speaks to who you are—don’t be afraid to add your own personality.
As you have read, there are a lot of common mistakes that can be easily made when it comes to interior design. Luckily, there are also plenty of easy solutions to fix these mistakes—sometimes it’s as easy as getting rid of a hand-me-down that you hate but felt obligated to keep, while other times you may need to enlist the help and keen eye of a friend.
If all else fails and you are too frustrated with all the decorating decisions and obstacles that you face, then hire a Professional Architects & Interior Designer—they are knowledgeable and can help you achieve your dream home—without all the mistakes.
Have you made any of these mistakes in your home?