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Decorating and designing is something that comes naturally for some and is learned by others. I love interior design and enjoy everything for deciding where to place furniture, hang pictures, choosing color palettes, and accessorizing a room appropriately for its size and shape. Don’t worry about making mistakes; even the best professionals mess up at times. It is through our mistakes that we grow and become better. Here are 19 interior design blunders that I see commonly in homes that should always be avoided. You might be doing a few of these things now.
While it is great to have coordinating furniture, having several pieces with the same colors, fabric, and pattern is overwhelming in a room.
Bad Paint Job
Painting a wall has more steps than choosing a color and quickly brushing it on the wall. The walls should be cleaned, primed, taped off, and rolled with the right equipment.
Even the best decorators out there can get a little carried about. Every surface or shelf doesn’t have to have decorations on them. Remember, less is often more.
Choosing the Paint Color First
You may love a paint color, but trying to find furniture, drapes, and rugs to match it can be difficult. It is best to find a piece of artwork that inspires you. A painting could pull several colors together and help you discover the perfect paint for your wall.
No Space Plan
This is a common mistake people make. They go to a furniture store and buy two big beautiful couches. When they get home, the couches don’t fit quite how they want and make the room awkward or feel small. Always measure the room and the space you need to walk and move around comfortably.
Dark Colors on the Wall
Unless your room is full of windows and bright lights, it is best to avoid dark colors except on a small accent wall.
Furniture Scale and Placement
While you don’t want couches too big for a room, you also want to avoid hanging small pictures on a wall. Bigger accessories are always better than lots of small ones.
Having More Than One Focal Point in a Room
Always have a focal point in a room, but never have two. Going into a room should be relaxing on the eyes, but when there is too much going on it is exhausting.
Too Many Styles
You might love the farmhouse kitchen, modern bathroom, traditional bedroom, and contemporary living room, but you need to focus on one style and stick to it. You can add little touches of other styles here and there, but it is best to never stray away.
Hanging Curtains too Low
Hang curtains several inches above windows to open up rooms and give the walls an illusion of being taller than they are.
Forgetting the Outside
While decorating and remodeling a home’s interior, the outside is often neglected and overlooked. It is the first thing people see before ever stepping inside your home and will be the first impression you make.
Hanging Art Poorly on the Wall
An art piece can make a huge impact on a space if hung properly. Don’t let it be too high or low for a space.
Set a realistic budget and stick with it. You don’t want to be stuck with expensive drapes and not enough money left over to purchase couches.
Not Hiring a Professional
I love to do DIY projects, but even I know when it is time to hand it over to the professionals. There are many advantages to hiring someone to help out and it can often save you money.
Too Many Photos
Your family might be beautiful, but too many photos shoved in one space can look cluttered and tacky. Photo albums are a great place to keep your pictures and are fun for guests to browse through while relaxing on the couch.
Too Many Rugs
Rugs can add color and pattern to a room, but they can also cover up gorgeous floors and the beauty in simplicity.
Forgetting the Lighting
Lamps and ceiling light can change the entire mood of a room. When decorating and designing spaces, don’t forget about the lighting.
Rushing into a Project
Jumping on a project can be costly if you realize shortly after it isn’t what you want anymore. Waiting until you have saved enough, shopped around enough, and thought about it long enough, will save you money and be something that will last for years.
Choosing Style over Comfort
A room should reflect your personality and your lifestyle. Stiff couches and awkward furniture arrangements might look nice, but when it comes time to sit back and watch TV, it will only make your neck and back hurt.
by Wendy Weinert