You don’t need to hire a professional to make your home look cozy, unique, and put together but you do need to follow a few common rules – and avoid these five mistakes.
1. Filling up every nook and cranny
One of the biggest mistakes newbies to the decorating world make is to fill up every available space with decorative items. You should get comfortable with empty space. For example, leaving empty space on a bookshelf is a decorative statement and helps the room look less cluttered.
2. Keeping the lighting your home came from
Fluorescent lighting used to be the standard but modern home design trends have thankfully moved past this. You don’t want harsh lighting to magnify ever flaw in your home. Start by switching out your light switches with dimmers so you can control the amount of light in your home. Then add a few table lamps so you can create pools of light that soften up your space.
3. Stick too closely to one type of fabric
Many people will start with one large item and then follow that item for all their decorating needs. For example, they might buy a velvet couch and then buy velvet pillows, velvet curtains, etc. The best idea is to mix and match fabrics. This adds depth and keeps your room from feeling flat or boring. You don’t want a million different fabrics but adding some sheer window coverings, for example, can help break up heavier fabrics.
4. Believing that size doesn’t matter
This is most commonly done when it comes to rugs. People believe that a huge rug is fine but the reality is that it can take over all your hard design work and lead to your furniture feeling crowded. As you look for the right size try to make sure that one leg of each piece of furniture is placed on the rug so that it’s not simply floating in the middle of your pieces.
5. Not paying attention to scale
Remember that everything in a room is working together with everything else. You don’t want a tiny coffee table if you have a huge sofa. You don’t want a small, delicate piece of art to be hung over an enormous TV.
Avoiding these five mistakes is a good start to creating the home design plan of your dreams.