Unless you’re a seasoned interior designer with decades of experience and skill under your belt, chances are you’ve made a decorating faux pas or two in your lifetime. Remember that plush sofa you bought without measuring it or that one time when you hung a pendant light way too high in your living room?
In our line of work, we’ve seen the good, the bad, and the strange when it comes to interior decoration. And while undoing some of these mistakes can be easy, others can be hard to correct. So take a look at these awkward but easily avoidable mistakes and let’s promise never to fall prey to them ever again.
Picking the Color Before You Pick the Furniture
When redoing their homes, most people tend to pick the color of the paint first. That’s a classic case of putting the cart before the horse. Settle on your essential fabrics first. Choose the drapes, rugs, pillows, and upholstery first. This way, you’ll have an easier time picking a coordinating color after that. Choosing the color first complicates things a lot and finding furnishings you love to match the color you chose can become really tough.
Not Having a Coordinating Color Palette
We are a staunch advocate of using color. Adding a splash or two of color brightens the room, but a color palette that’s all over the place is a recipe for décor disaster. Contrary to what you may think, piling in an odd medley of color isn’t going to create that boho chic look you spotted in Architectural Digest. There’s a difference in being colorful and chaotic and not having a color palette that grounds your design can make your room look disjointed. Sticking to a loose, flexible color plan, on the other hand, can bring the room together beautifully.
Pushing the Furniture Against The Wall
It may seem like a smart move, but try to refrain from committing this blunder. The common misconception that pushing all the furniture against the wall makes the room look larger is, well … a misconception. To make space look larger and more inviting, place your sofa in a way that there’s at least a distance of 7 cms between your walls and your furniture. Our advice? Play around with your furniture, pull out a piece or two, and let them “float” around the room.
We know that there are grey areas when it comes to home décor but breaking décor rules might not always be a good thing. While we always encourage you to experiment, we will also recommend that you follow basic guidelines so that your efforts at doing up your place move in the right direction.