Wednesday, 3 August 2016

HOME: Are you making these 3 interior design mistakes?


This post might be a huge clue as to what I was referring to in my previous post, can anyone guess? 

While some people may have a natural, keen eye for interior design, the rest of us tend to approach the task as a learning curve. The good news is, you don’t necessarily need to be an expert to style your home well - but it does pay to know what you should and shouldn’t be doing. So that you can steer clear of making a decorating faux pas, here are three common blunders you’ll want to avoid. 

1. Your decor theme is mismatched 

Although it’s up to you how you choose to style up your home, if your decor theme is completely mismatched, you could be making a big mistake. Failing to go for a coordinating theme can be visually displeasing, and you may struggle to achieve the look and feel you’re going for. While there’s no need to be matchy-matchy, you should find you’re more successful if you stick with furniture pieces and a colour palette that work well together. 

To ensure that you stay on track with your chosen theme, you may find it useful to go for soft furnishings in complementary designs. From plush cushions to luxury throws and bedspreads, there are a number of accessories for you to pick from. When choosing these furnishings, make sure you keep your colour scheme in mind as this will help you carry your theme throughout your rooms. 

2. Your rooms are poorly illuminated 

A badly lit home is a huge interior design no-no. If your property lacks the appropriate lighting, it’s likely you’ll struggle to create a cosy, homely vibe, and instead you’ll risk your place coming across as dull, drab and dreary. So if you’re guilty of leaving your pad poorly illuminated, it might be time to make a few changes. For example, aside from having a central light fixture in each room, you may also want to think about adding some extra illuminations to really help brighten up the space. From placing a lamp on your bedside table in your boudoir to installing under-cabinet lights in your kitchen, there are a whole host of lighting options available that could help boost the brightness levels in each of your rooms. 

3. You have too much clutter on display 

While it’s perfectly acceptable to have certain trinkets and knickknacks on display around your home, it is possible to go overboard. Having too many bits and bobs on show can look cluttered and untidy, and it can detract from the general look and feel of your rooms. So instead of showcasing absolutely everything you own, you could break the habit and opt to only exhibit your favourite possessions. For example, in your living room, you could try to keep the number of items on your mantelpiece and window ledges to a minimum by sticking to basics such as a couple of photo frames, a candle holder and a vase of flowers. To keep clutter out of view, you could also make use of effective storage solutions such as ottoman boxes or a coffee table with in-built drawers. 


Making the effort to avoid interior design mistakes like these will help ensure you get your home decor styling spot on. I know I'm 100% guilty of point 3 and am trying to declutter various parts of my flat at the moment! 

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