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.
1. MATCHY- MATCHING FURNITURE
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.
2. SMALL RUGS
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
3. SETTING FURNITURE AGAINST THE WALLS
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.
4. IGNORING YOUR WINDOWS
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.
5. THE AMBITIOUSLY WHITE ITEM
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?‘
6. THE BEAUTIFUL YET IMPRACTICAL PIECE
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.
7. ONLY ONE LIGHT SOURCE
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.
8. TREATING EVERY ROOM SEPARATELY
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!