Finally having the chance to decorate your own home is always an exciting experience.

As much as we try though, we can’t all be the next Martha Stewart. It is more than likely at one point or another we will fall victim to some common home decorating mistakes.

To help protect you and your home from the worst of it, we have listed the eight most common home decorating mistakes we can think of, and the best ways to avoid them. Read on to keep you, your home, and the world of interior design happy.


That zebra print pillow on your couch? Fine. That same zebra print on your pillows, on your couch, on the rug, the lampshades, the chairs… it may be a little too much.

Keep intense colours and patterns to a minimum so you don’t overpower the room. You are far better off having a single item that stands out rather than smothering the space in matching decor. The same goes for more neutral pieces. You will want to add something with a different texture or colour to help break things up, otherwise you will end up with a bland landscape.

Mixing things up a bit will help draw the eye and keep your room looking exciting.

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People will often choose a rug too small for their living room which is barely big enough for their coffee table. This can actually make the space look smaller and your furniture disproportionate. Instead, choose a rug that is large enough for all of your furniture to be touching it – even if it is just the front legs. This helps unify the space and creates a sense of balance


Possibly the most common home decorating mistake, pushing all your furniture up against the wall will NOT create more space. It actually creates distance between people in spaces which should be more intimate, and can make a room appear empty.

Give your furniture some breathing room, and keep them off the walls. In particular, your couches should be kept adjacent to one another to establish a feeling of inclusion.


Curtains, shutters, blinds… the possibilities are endless. Window coverings can help add character and personality to a room and really complete a look, so don’t neglect them, embrace them!

If you aren’t sure what you are after, try light, neutral coloured curtains. Shutters are also a very popular choice these days and can create a French provincial look or a more updated modern impression.

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We all know that a white couch can turn an average lounge into an incredible one. We also know the dangers of owning a spill-prone and dirt-attracting piece of furniture.

For a full rundown of the pros and cons of a white couch, read our blog post on ‘Should you buy a white couch?


At the end of the day, practicality in your home should win every time. If you cannot relax/sit/or even use the item, chances are you will end up hating it. So let go of the beauty, and find an item that you can love AND use.


Lighting is a key part of creating the ambience of your room. There should always be a mixture of lighting in every room to help provide light for every occasion.

Mix overhead lights with table or floor lamps to create pools of light that can create intimacy and increase the functionality of the room.

Our Jagera 250 utilises down lights, a lamp and fireplace for a cosy look.

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A cohesive flow from room to room is important in interior design, especially these days while open-plan living is popular. Bringing in too many different styles can appear confusing and cluttered.

Try choosing a fairly neutral palette, and changing a few small pieces from room to room for something a bit different.


What home decorating mistakes can you think of? Let us know in the comments!

So you have worked hard with your builder and finally selected the new home you love.
Everything is on track and you have just received the floor plans. Any errors at this point can be both costly and difficult to live with later, so once you receive the plans it is important to review them both with your builder and in your own time.
Read up on how to avoid common issues with your floor plan.


You can never have enough storage. You will need all of it and more.

Linen, books, old CDs, sports gear and old trinkets you can’t part with all need a place to go. Think about your current possessions and mentally put them away in your new home. Not enough space? Finding room for an extra cupboard here or there is not too difficult a task and is highly recommended. Your builder will always have some great tips to help avoid a cluttered home.



Kitchen storage is perhaps the most important area to organise in the entire house. Not only do you need to work out where all the appliances and cookware must go, but it must be done in a convenient way.

Run through the way in which you would cook your favourite meal, and ensure everything is located in an orderly fashion and not too far out of reach. Pots and pans next to the stove, plates and cutlery near the dishwasher. If there is going to be more than one person cooking, make sure there is adequate room for both.



While a third living area or home theatre may look amazing on the plan, practical applications need to be considered.

If you are not going to be using that formal dining room it is wasted space. Utilise it for some other means or omit it completely and extend other, more practical rooms.

Try and imagine where your furniture will go and ensure there is enough space for it, then adjust the room size if possible.



The location of light switches is very important.

Try and imagine your nightly routine and run through it on the floor plan. Are the light switch locations convenient, or have you found yourself stumbling half way through the house in the dark?

Following this, ensure there is plenty of lighting for the home. This includes both electrical lighting and natural.



Power outlets need to be readily available. You don’t want a great big extension cord extending from one side of the room to the other just to plug your floor lamp in.

Make sure you consider where all major appliances will be including mounted air-conditioning units, kitchen appliances, televisions, music systems and bathroom appliances to ensure there is enough power to go around.


Keep your bedrooms as isolated as possible. Plan them away from noisy living areas to ensure peace and quiet. The location of the laundry in relation to the bedrooms is more important than you think. No one wants to travel across the home to do the laundry, especially children and teenagers.

Ultimately your floor plan should be designed to suit your lifestyle in the most convenient manner possible. Check and check again with your builder everything is as you want it and never be afraid to ask questions. Whatever makes you happiest is the right choice.


Contact your local Hotondo Homes builder today to find out how we can help you achieve the perfect floor plan.