15 Decorating Choices You'll Regret, According to These Interior Experts
As interiors addicts we’re constantly seeking decorating advice from our favourite styling gurus—we’ve previously found out their top home decorating tips, the best ways to transform a room, and how to master small-space design, but the big question is, what shouldn’t we do when it comes to styling our abodes? Knowing what to avoid when channelling our inner-Kelly Wearstler is just (if not more) as important as what to attempt. From embracing fad trends to over-decorating, we asked the experts what not to do. Interior experts from Greg Natale to Jason Grant have disclosed their top three decorating choices that will leave you regretting your choices. Want to love your interior for longer than five minutes? Read on.
1. Too much furniture is a deal breaker. Negative space is really important in an interior so allow your furniture to breathe and give yourself room to move.
2. One of the biggest mistakes people make is to run out and buy everything in one go once they’ve got their concept finalised. The rug, the sofa, cushions, and the window treatments. Even with your scheme so clear in your mind and the excitement that comes with that, you have to take the process in stages—trust me it will save you money with regrettable purchases that just don’t work in situ.
3. Don’t start with a colour or a pattern! They can safely be among your last considerations when choosing elements for a room. I always encourage people to begin with major pieces in neutrals. That way you can tailor the cushions, window treatments, rugs etc. You can use these decorative details to add layers of colour and pattern with less investment, and more easily, as they can be edited and adjusted to your taste.
Mr. Jason Grant
1. Be careful not to over embrace a particular trend—remember we live in a fast-paced world with very short attention spans.
2. It’s okay if you love banana leaf wallpaper, but just remember you need to love in five minutes, five hours, five days, and five weeks. Not everyone want to feel like they are always on holidays at the Beverly Hills Hotel!
3. Embracing trends in smaller ways such as objects and accessories is always a safer way of updating your space—and remember, you don’t need to constantly update!
1. Committing to a trend
Unless you have an endless supply of money and time, don’t get too swept up with the latest design trends in the permanent fixtures and fittings of your house. Embrace these design trends through easily replaceable soft furnishings and decorative items, ensuring they can be swapped out easily when you feel the need for change. Invest your money in permanent fixtures and fittings that will stand the test of time and will not push you into an early renovation.
2. Not overcapitalising
Planning is key to ensuring you maximise the floor space of your home. Although it seems tempting to make large structural changes straight away to make the house your own, it is important to assess how much you will gain from these changes and how it will help or hinder any future plans or re-sale.
3. Bare windows
Window treatments can often get overlooked as they are one of the last things to be installed and therefore either get forgotten or cut because of budget reasons. We would urge people to put a strong emphasis on window treatments for several reasons. Sunlight, whilst lovely, can ruin your furniture, rugs, and art so it is critical to have the option to block out direct sunlight from damaging key pieces. Secondly, window treatments, such as soft linen curtains, add texture and depth to a space, softening the space and diffusing the light.
1. Artwork should be installed by a professional. When artwork is correctly hung, it will enhance a room dramatically. If a piece is too small for a wall or too high or low it can dramatically influence how the scale of the room is perceived.
2. Commit to your own style, or that of your interior designer or architect. If a home is not fully developed from start to finish it ends up not showing your personality and being very boring. Collecting pieces that you love and that mean something to you is vital for a great room. There is a real process to put together a home and its very important for your home to reflect who you are, what you love and your interests. I love creating new spaces with existing antiques and artwork too, such as an existing chandelier or an antique four poster bed.
3. Furniture plans are essential. Not scaling furniture or lighting correctly or having a furniture plan can result in costly mistakes. Start with what you already have and then add what you would like to replace. You can also add lighting and artwork.
1. A painted feature wall especially in a “suede” texture, or the like.
2. Rose gold tapware.
3. Dark painted ceilings.
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