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Decorating a new home or redesigning a space is an exciting task, especially if what you’ve carefully planned and imagined is about to become a reality. However, be sure to avoid these 10 interior decorating mistakes on your next project.
1. Painting Without Testing the Color
Paint will look different from paint chips or swatches once you actually get it onto your walls. Everything from natural light (or faux light) to the color of your furniture can change your perception of your chosen color. The best thing to do is buy a sample-sized tub to start and live with the color before committing.
2. Buying "Trendy" Big-Ticket Items
Buying large pieces of expensive furniture that are too deeply rooted in current trends can prove to be a little tricky to work with in the long run. As we all know, trends aren’t forever, and neither are velvet, millennial-pink sofas. So when splashing out cash on big-ticket items like armchairs, sofas, rugs, or dining tables, be sure you buy something that is versatile and transcends the trends.
3. Rushing to Fill a Space
Nothing looks more predictable than a space that is too matchy-matchy or has every piece purchased from the same showroom, brand, or collection. Take your time when filling or furnishing a new space — live in it first and be sure that every item you pick represents a little bit of your own personality.
Sentimental trinkets or photos can be styled into gorgeous vignettes on coffee tables and shelves when done with a considered eye. And to do so results in a much more refined, personal scheme. You’ll find that as time goes on and you live in the space, the items that will fit or are missing will soon present themselves naturally.
4. White Carpeting
While white carpeting sounds like a suave, sophisticated, and minimalist idea — it’s actually a terror to maintain and absolutely cannot exist harmoniously with children and pets.
5. Duplicate Flooring
Try to avoid layering thick rugs on top of thick carpet. It can be a tripping hazard as well as a little too much of the same thing. Instead, reserve rugs for the flooring that needs it.
6. Mixing Faux and Natural Finishes
If you’re going for a Scandinavian- or Japanese-inspired look utilizing natural timbers, leather, textiles, and rugs, try not to situate faux versions of those fabrics or finishes too close to the real thing. It can make for an uncomfortable contrast in quality.
7. Ignoring Your Windows
Your windows are just as important as the rest of your home. Whether you have curtains, blinds, or shutters should depend on the style and theme of your overall scheme. Window dressing can polish off a look, so be sure to investigate all the different options available to you.
8. Treating Every Room Separately
Thanks to the popularity of open-plan living, the best way to create a cohesive, continuous, and harmonious space is to unify the interior style, colors, and textiles throughout the house.
Not every solid surface in your home needs to be adorned with ornaments or arrangements, and not every item of furniture needs to be styled or every wall filled. A visual pause in a space is good; it’s calming and uncluttered and allows breathing room between every object within a room. Decorating with a restrained hand is always better because you can build on things later.
10. Filling a Small Space With Small Things
Just because a space is small doesn’t mean the rugs and furniture have to be as well. While you wouldn’t arrange great hulking shapes into a small space, don’t be afraid to try fuller traditional shapes in your sofas and armchairs, and even a larger rug that skims the perimeter. This can trick the eye into making the space feel bigger. Play with scale, such as contrasting low-line furniture with tall lamps or indoor plants.
This post was written by Laura Barry. For more, check out our sister site Homes to Love.
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