5 Decorating Mistakes to Avoid
One of the biggest decorating mistakes that everyone makes is listening to too many people’s opinions because everyone seems to have an opinion on your space. There is a lot of information around about decorating homes and everyone has an opinion about something, even if they aren’t an authority on it.
But here are the main 5 decorating mistakes to avoid:
Going with the flow
Buying a sofa and then working the room around that sofa is one way to decorate a room, although it isn’t the most effective! One of the biggest decorating mistakes is to not have a vision of the end result before you start purchasing items. Or those that do start with a vision usually end up wavering from that main idea. Sometimes you improve on your idea and that is great–you can refine it and make it absolutely perfect, then go out and get the best price on the exact pieces that work together. But many homeowners get cold feet and end up watering down their ideas from the initial design, especially if the project has been dragging on over a long period of time.
Scale and composition
Just like artwork, every piece of furniture needs to be considered in terms of its scale and relationship to other items in the room. This sounds more complex than it really is because most people do this naturally anyway. The biggest decorating mistake that homeowners make is to forget this once they start to focus on other details in the room. Keep this as the golden rule and come back to it often. Stand back and look at your space from a distance and see how your pieces of furniture are working together with the addition of new items.
Putting everything you love into one room
Usually what we naturally feel inclined to do is keep adding things to a space to make it feel “more cozy” or “more relaxed” or to try and give it “more personality”. By first choosing an array of items that you love and then filtering out which ones work best in the space, you have a chance to really highlight the parts of your personality and style that will make the space what you are aiming for. Professionally, this is called “editing”. It’s ok to put everything in at first, but don’t forget to take things away, as one of the biggest decorating mistakes people make is to over clutter a space.
Giving up towards the end
When the going gets tough and the tough get going, the pressure of finishing a space can be overwhelming. One of the biggest mistakes non-professional decorators make is to give up before they have “finished”. That isn’t to say that the space has to be absolutely perfect as most spaces will naturally evolve over time, but what is important is that you finish it to a level where it is practical and you have achieved what you had set out to (or better). Don’t give up, set a date for a party or give yourself a reason to finish the room, so that you push that last leg to the finish line.
This is always the biggest giveaway of an inexperienced decorator. When the same tone, colour or pattern is used repeatedly, this can cause more than one focal point in a room or the contrast can be so large that the repetition of colour is distracting. Imagine a cream coloured Pavlova Cake with only strawberries as the topping. The end result would be a very nice red and white cake with some kind of pattern on it. Often, a matchy matched room looks much like a decorated cake. Look out the window at nature and see how complex the colours are. We have an endless array of tones, shades, materials, fabrics and combinations. Our eyes naturally understand subtle variations in color and it’s the ability to choose those items that match, without matching exactly, that gives a room a more effortless beauty.
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