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Colour schemes, furniture, fixtures, flooring, paint and artwork – all are important when pulling together your interior design. Do it successfully, and your home will look stunning. Do just one of these elements wrong, and you may find it ruins the entire space.
Avoid home decor disaster with a list of our DOS and DON’TS.


DO: Splurge on some quality items. An amazing couch or table can become the highlight of a room. Not only will you get more mileage out of a more durable product, but it can also lift the entire feel of the room. Keep in mind you do not need to spend on EVERY piece of furniture to get the look you want.

DO: Test your paint colours in the room it will be used in. The colour in the shop is NEVER going to look the same as in your home. Haymes Paint recommends painting a 1m x 1m square in the colour you want and viewing it in different lighting to check it works in your chosen room.

DO: Play with different colours. Even if you are after a black and white look, different shades of grey can help the room appear less stark.


DO: Group you knickknacks together. Nothing looks worse than random bits and bobs floating around your home. Put them all together and you will instead have a feature!

DO: Hang your artwork at eye level. No one should have to crane their neck to see it. Further to this consider one larger piece in place of several smaller pieces, it will draw the eye and make the room appear bigger.


DON’T: Ignore scale. Furniture may look great in a store where there is plenty of room, but when you bring it home you find it doesn’t quite have enough space around it. Although your instinct may be to purchase smaller furniture for smaller rooms, it can make it look cluttered. A few larger pieces will look simpler and more modern. Scale is important!

DON’T: Use too much of a good thing. A colourful pattern on a couple of cushions may look fine, but start using that pattern on the lamp shades, throws and floor and suddenly it can look overdone and tacky. Use accent pieces wisely.


DON’T: Overdo it with the pillows. Pillows are a great accessory, however too many can overwhelm the couch and become impractical.


DON’T: Be too symmetrical. If your room and furniture are aligned in a perfect square it can appear clinical, so don’t be afraid to place things just a little haphazardly.

For more information on interior design contact your local Hotondo Homes builder here.

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