Did you recently move to a new house or apartment and now looking for ideas to decorate it? If yes, then we suggest dividing your focus and energy equally between all the dos and don’ts. Because the process of designing a space requires equal attention to chances you can take and mistakes you must avoid at any cost. Moreover, it also helps to narrow down the choices and make the best possible decision. So if you want your space to look professionally designed but cannot afford one, then we suggest steering clear from these design mistakes.
According to the design experts, keeping the size and proportion of furniture in mind before buying it is the most crucial thing. The term proportion here embodies the size of the furniture items with each other and the size of the room as a whole. For example, buying a huge sofa set for a small room will overcrowd the room. You will also have inadequate space to incorporate other design elements that add personality to the room. Likewise, buying a center table disproportionate to the size of the couch will also make it look out of the place. Your space will lack harmony and balance if you buy things separately and then plan to piece them together.
Too Many Colored Walls
No doubt, colorful walls add fun and dramatic hints to the overall house. But remember that the golden rule of “the more the merrier” does not apply here. The general rule of thumb is to avoid using more than 5 distinct colors in one house. Moreover, the color palette should be spread out evenly throughout the house for a smoother transition. But this doesn’t mean that you stick to the same family of colors, instead choose the ones that complement each other.
Ignoring The Functionality
Another common mistake is to blindly follow the recent trends on the internet without considering the practicality and limitation of your space. Paying attention to your lifestyle details are very important as they help you pick out the suitable elements. For example, if you host parties or dinners frequently, then think of ways for adding extra sitting space. If you have toddlers or pets who can easily break things, then avoid laying out delicate ornaments. The ideal design choices are the ones that are both practical and pretty.
Furniture Against The Wall
Placing all the furniture against the wall might be a smart move during these times of social distancing. But otherwise, it results in a seating arrangement where everyone is facing the wall and not each other. Try moving it inward in the form of a semi-circle for a more intimate arrangement. This allows for comfortable conversations, especially in spacious homes with large families. Use a TV or a center point like a fireplace to point all your furniture at.
Too Matchy Matchy
Well, if you buy perfectly coordinated matching furniture sets, then your house will end up looking like a furniture showroom. For example, instead of buying the bed frame and end tables from the same set try two different designs that complement each other when put together. The same applies to sofas and center tables, dining table, and its chairs. But be careful with this mixing and matching since you don’t want to create an asymmetrical look. This strategy also adds a charm to the house as well as gives it a personalized feel.
Lightning is the real deal-breaker as it sets the entire mood and ambiance of the space. You have to consider the color, intensity, and position of the lights. Think of the functionality of the space like you will need dim lights for the bedroom, bright white ones for the bathroom, and a mixture of both in the living as its usage keeps fluctuating. The best strategy is to add light through multiple layers with separate switches and dimmers.
These tiny yet insignificant details are what sets apart a professionally designed home from the rest.