Decorating your home can be a daunting or exciting adventure. Some people are overwhelmed by the sheer number of impactful opportunities. Paint, furniture, textiles, wall hangings; the list of opportunities goo on. There are several common mistakes to avoid, and we want to talk about how to steer around them. Read on!
How to Avoid Common Decorating Mistakes
Don’t be too matchy-matchy.
When you’re considering patterns, colors, and textures, it’s important to figure out how to unify your space without making it monotonous or chaotic. Instead, relate your textiles and furniture to each other. You get to decide what will be the unifying factor, whether it’s going to be material, history, style, motif, or mood.
Be generous with drapery.
Curtains and drapes give windows a gracious, pleasant weight. Don’t be afraid to invest in plenty of fabric. When professionals are putting together functional curtains, they will use fabric that’s two to three times wider than the window. When you’re installing fixed side panels that won’t be used to cover the window, use fabric that’s twice the width of the window. That is where you’ll get the nice creases that make curtains look as nice as they do.
Choose the right paint color.
Paint has the power to make or break a room. A color that doesn’t match the room and its furnishings, you won’t get the effect you want. Instead of hoping you get it right, consult with a professional for results you’ll be able to enjoy for years to come.
Remember that lighting isn’t the place to save money.
Skimping on lighting is a mistake that many people make. They end up with small fixtures that can’t do the right job for the room. Lighting is like the jewelry of the room. It has the power to define the room’s style. Have some fun and find a statement piece that will give you the light you need while bringing the room together in a way that you love.
Keep the furniture away from the wall.
We’ve mentioned this tip before, but it is worth mentioning again. While many people tend to place their furniture against the walls, you can inject a lot of breathing room by pulling some of the pieces away. Floating furniture creates the opportunity for conversation grouping and interest. If you need to anchor floating furniture to something, anchor it to a rug. Keep in mind that the best conversational seating distance is four to eight feet: not to close, and not too far.
Prevent rooms from being isolated.
Each room can have an identity, but it should be part of a family of rooms that makes up your home. Visually link rooms with a repeated pattern, accent color, or other visual detail. This will link the room to the rest of them while allowing it to have its own unique design scheme.
Create special spaces for details.
When it comes to bringing out the beauty of a room, details are key. Little things like custom pillows, inlaid floors, and nailheads can take your spaces from just nice to absolute one-of-a-kind. Details create layered experiences for anyone in the space and are absolutely the effort.
Get correctly-sized rugs.
Rugs create spaces within spaces. If you skimp on rug size, you can end up making a space feel cramped. Instead, if you’re defining a space with an area rug, make it large enough that the front legs of each piece of furniture can rest on it.
Make pillows luxurious.
Pillows should be big, squishable, and generous. Go for down-filled pillows that will take on whatever shape you give them. Get rid of small pillows and pillows that sit like lumps. Stuff 20-inch pillows into 18-inch covers for a professional result.
Don’t be afraid of statement art.
A large canvas print can add both detail and overall impact. Whether you lean it against the wall or mount it, it is a great investment.