When decorating your home, going with your instincts will likely have you happy with the end-product. But, amateur designers tend to make a few blunders, so do beware.
Here are a few common mistakes people tend to make while accessorizing their homes:
Curtains that block a portion of the main window, and therefore, light: Make sure your curtain rods extend beyond the window frame. That way, the curtains can be opened past the window and the room will look brighter and larger, and be airier.
Inappropriate use of colour:
especially with decorative ones. Remember – when it comes to accessories, you can always make some changes if you don’t like the final look, so you can afford to experiment a bit with bolder colours. However, don’t use multiple busy furnishing prints that clash. Too much “bling” is also not a good thing!
Too many accessories:
Kick-knacks are great, but having too many creates a cluttered look and is difficult to keep clean. Sometimes art lovers tend to go overboard with the number of paintings on display in their homes. High-end art may be very impressive standing on its own, but make sure you don’t have too many pieces all over. Rotate the works instead, and create some clever sliding storage behind cupboards or under beds.
Maintenance is as important as initial design endeavours. If this is not done regularly, your home could end up looking shabby. Keep plants trimmed and maintained, flowers fresh by changing water and removing wilted ones, mend chipped paint or glass on accessories, let go of cracked pieces, keep wooden and brass frames of paintings and photographs polished.
Too much or too little lighting: Having lights too bright or with bulbs straight in the eyes when you are seated can be extremely uncomfortable for you and guests. On the other hand, lighting that’s too dim results in discomfort when you are trying to read, sew, or dine. Dull lighting also tends to affect mood negatively. Have enough light fixtures, use shades where needed and think about installing dimmers so you can adjust light according to your convenience.
Not having a focal point:
Every room should have a focal point. Large rooms should have more than one. A focal point could be a large table, painting or even a coffee table. Everything else should accentuate this focal point. Focal points should ideally be chosen based on the main function of a particular room or designated area.
Mixing design styles:
Go with one kind of look, as far as possible. Don’t mix country style or antique furniture with contemporary accessories and the like. Keep basic design style more or less uniform.
Wrong scale and proportion:
Small rooms or designated areas need smaller pieces of furniture and accessories, while larger ones require larger pieces. For example, placing a small, out-of-proportion rug at a large living-room seating area or a small vase at the centre of a huge dining table are big design “NO”s! Similarly, tiny accessories on a big shelf or in a large room look odd and can’t be seen properly from across the room.
Proper interior design must create balance between design elements like size, shape, style, colour and even texture. In any event, amateurs must keep common mistakes in mind while designing and accessorizing their home spaces.