The thought of interior decorating in itself is fun and exciting enough. Homeowners, especially those who see the fun in doing home improvements on their own, are definitely into decorating their homes to make it look attractive and unique. But the problem is it’s not as easy as baking a cake. There are several mistakes you’re bound to commit. And while some aren’t really costly ones, there are others that might just do more damage to your home.
So the premise here is for you to avoid those mistakes in order to succeed in your interior decorating project. But for you to do that, you first have to figure out what those mistakes are.
Toilet Rugs – Toilet rugs are necessary, but do we really have to commit to these odd-shaped eye sores? To put it simply… no.
Solution: A small rectangular rug can do the same job for the same price without being an eye sore.
Photo Overload on Surfaces – Nothing screams “Grandma’s House” like surfaces covered in picture frames. Not only do these cluttered surfaces make your home look messy, but they can be overwhelming to your guests.
Solution: create a photo collage on your wall with matching frames. Not only does this make for a beautiful wall piece, but guests can browse your photos clutter-free.
Ignoring the Foyer – We get it, it’s uncomfortable to decorate such a tiny space where so much happens, but it’s necessary.
Solution: rather than ignoring your entryway, why not use it to make the first statement of your home when a guest enters?
Cord Messes – This is one of the oldest mistakes in the book. Cords are necessary for almost every electronic in the home, so it’s important to be deliberate about having them organized.
Solution: 1. label every cord in your home and 2. unplug everything that you don’t use 3. organize accordingly.
Even though we’re used to seeing those tons of photos and cords laying around the living room, they’re actually never fun to see, especially for visitors who will easily make the impression that your interior space needs some improvement. Well, that can be embarrassing.
Meanwhile, Freshome.com has more tips to share about interior design tips that you can easily make, but also can conveniently avoid.
1. Don’t over-furnish your room
It doesn’t take much for a room to turn from well planned and thought out to one that closely resembles a dumping ground of collected furniture and accessories. Your furniture should fill your space and create a space that is both appealing as well as functional. There should be enough space in the room to create movement and flow. A room should never look and feel cramped. If it does, try moving or removing one piece to see if this helps.
Sometimes it’s not a matter of too much furniture, but the placement of the furniture itself. If after moving a piece or two around, your space still feels tight, then remove a piece altogether. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes. Overly furnished rooms not only make your room seem smaller than it is, but can also make it hard to maneuver around. This tip is extremely important when trying to sell your home as it will turn off potential buyers. For more essential tips of interior design when listing your home ideas, take a look here.
2. Don’t try to squeeze into something that doesn’t fit.
Like a pair of jeans that are too small, furniture must also fit. Furniture that is too small will make your room seem unbalanced and awkward and might even make it seem more like a dollhouse – this is certainly not a look we’re after! Conversely a room whose furniture is too large will also feel unbalanced and cramped.
Before you move your furniture, and certainly before you purchase new furniture – whether couches, tables, dressers or beds – be sure to measure both the furniture as well as the room, for height, width and depth. Not doing so could end up being a very costly mistake.
3. Don’t be a clutter-bug!
There’s no need to over-clutter. In terms of accessories less is more, as with furniture. A sense of order balance, calm, flow and movement are essential to any well decorated space. When there is too much clutter there is too much distraction and order becomes discord. Clutter can be easily remedied by removing a few things. Take a look at what you have and divide them into three categories:
- The things that matter
- The things that are important
- Those things that you can do without.
- Remove all that you can do without. If necessary repeat until you have removed enough items and order and balance has been restored.
4. Don’t be a victim of poor lighting.
Lighting is key. It is one of the most important elements of design. Your space should have as much natural lighting as possible. Do not block natural light sources with poorly placed curtains and accessories. Even a cloudy day allows for a lot of natural light to pour in. Enhance natural light with the placement of mirrors directly across your source to allow the light to bounce around the room. You will want to add to your overhead lighting.
You should have more than one source illuminating your room. Add proportionally sized and well placed lamps and sconces to enhance your lighting when needed. Your lighting should be bright enough to to function under but not so bright that it is jarring. Dimmers should be added to all ceiling and overhead lighting.
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The first mistake is probably one of the things you’re very guilty of. Sometimes, you tend to collect things and stuff them in the room, even if they no longer make any sense in the perspective of decoration. You may not know it, but keeping rooms simple and spacious is an ideal tip for interior decorating.