3 Common Decorating Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid
As a designer, I am constantly looking at inspirational spaces, while at the same time seeing a lot of “befores,” given that people hire me to transform them into “afters.” Needless to say, I’ve seen it all, but the following three decorating mistakes are the worst offenders.
I think one of the biggest pet peeves of mine is when people purchase all of their furniture from one store and their home ends up looking like a showroom. A mix of styles, materials, and shapes is what makes a space intriguing and interesting. Combine new items with vintage scores for a compelling combination, and at the very least, shop at multiple places that have diverse styles.
I like continuity—this is not to say all the rooms have to look exactly the same—but they should carry similar schemes and design aesthetics to avoid a headache of mismatching colours and genres. Use similar fabrics in adjacent rooms or connect spaces through a general colour story to create harmony and maximise visual flow.
Lastly, people need to pick up a tape measure and understand dimensions. Choosing furniture that is either too big or too small totally messes up the flow and balance of a room and needs to be avoided at all costs. Do your due diligence to ensure your coffee table isn’t too tiny next to your sofa, or your mirror too wide to hang over your console.
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