Decorating is a form of art, and, as such, is completely subjective. What is beautiful to us is not necessarily so to others. However, there are a few common mistakes to be avoided when creating a space to improve the look, feel and flow of your home.
Size Really Does Matter
Let’s talk about size first. It’s hard to have a good perception of scale in a store’s huge showroom. You might think that the pretty modular couch you saw at the store will fit perfectly in your family room until you realize it’s eating up half the space. To avoid having to return your brand new sofa, measure the area available for the piece so you can figure out an acceptable size range. On the other end, furniture that is too small can seem silly and throw off the scale of the room.
Light it Up!
Lighting is one of the most important elements in a room. Make sure you don’t block natural light from flowing in with furniture or heavy window treatment. You can maximise natural lighting by adding mirrors on your walls or choosing a bright paint palette. In addition to overhead lighting, you can also place lamps in strategic areas such as next to desks, work tables, couches, and beds.
Don’t Go Matchy-Matchy
Not everything has to match. You should avoid having furniture pieces with the same color and pattern or buying a complete bedroom set for example. According to Yanic Simard, principal designer at the Toronto Interior Design Group: “try boutiques that carry different design lines, or online stores that draw from different manufacturers and brands. This way, even if you have one preferred style or period, your home still won’t look cookie-cutter.”
Less Is Always More
Resist the urge to display all of your memorabilia and collection items in the same place. They might give your room an overcrowded feel and have a distracting effect. Surround yourself only with objects that truly speak to you and add something to the décor. If you’re having a hard time getting rid of some things, pack some items away and rotate them in at a later time.
Our last advice is the most important one and it goes like this: don’t let anyone tell you how to decorate your home. Your décor should reflect your interests, passions and style. No one should impose their taste and style on you. If you like dark rooms with big furniture that matches and lots of knick-knacks, go right ahead! In the end, it’s your world and everyone else is just passing through it, right?
- Better Homes and Gardens