The Most Important Mistakes That Damage Your Home Design
Everybody makes mistakes and it’s possible you might be doing some without even realizing. The most common mistakes are often related to color. More exactly, not considering light (both natural and artificial) when choosing a color can bring a few unpleasant surprises.
Another mistake is using too many colors at once. This can cause a space to feel unpleasant and not at all peaceful and relaxing. Instead of using all the colors you can think of, try to restrain the palette to only a few tones.
Using colors in the wrong balances is another common mistake. You need to pay attention to the amounts and to try to create a nice balance between all the colors involved in a room’s décor.
You should also try to avoid matching everything. A space needs variety in order to feel inviting and comfortable. In terms of color, this usually means two or three tones used in different amounts and in different ways. You can also play with a single accent color using various different hues.
You can also go wrong by not being cohesive throughout. You should try linking the rooms in some way. This can be done by using a similar color palette for all the spaces or incorporating elements that share in common the materials, forms or other details. When there’s nothing to link the rooms the result can often be a hectic ambiance.
Not incorporating empty spaces in your design is another way to mess things up when decorating. You must give the eye placed to rest or the whole space will become tiresome and not at all as welcoming as you’d want it to be.
There’s also such a thing as playing it too safe. If you never take chances, never innovate and always stick with the look suggested in magazines you’ll end up with a very boring and generic home. So be creative, experiment and push your own boundaries.
When decorating a space you must also be careful when choosing the finishes and materials. Picking the wrong finish or sheen can disrupt the balance. To make sure that doesn’t happen you could, for instance, soften something shiny with a matte finish.
When it comes to paint, things aren’t as easy as they might seem. Not applying paint properly can ruin the whole space. You must careful at the edges, the points where two adjacent walls meet and the corners, especially if you’re using two different colors.
There are also plenty of other mistakes you can make when decorating a space. One of them is hanging art too high on a wall. The right way is very specific, dictating that the center of the art piece be at exactly 57” off the floor. There are, of course, exceptions but people usually tend to generalize these situations.
Displaying art that’s too small can also disrupt the whole balance in a room. When picking art, compare its scale to the scale of things present in the area you’ve chosen for it. It should harmoniously integrate into the décor.
Choosing the right rug for a room is also challenging and a more complex process than first anticipated. A rug that’s too small for the space you chose it for will make the room feel unfinished. You need to find the right proportions and to base your decisions on the final image you have in mind for the space.
Another mistake we often make is using furniture that’s the wrong scale for the space. This can go either way. You could use oversized pieces in a small room or pieces that are too small in a large space. Always remember to measure more than once before buying and keep in mind that what may seem fine in a large store might not look as majestic in your tiny home.
If you’re considering light fixtures “just accessories” you’re making a mistake. A room needs a few different light sources and they’ll each have a different and unique impact on the overall interior design and décor. You can mix an overhead fixture with a floor lamp and perhaps even some additional task lighting.
Not considering texture when choosing color can cause a space to look dull and flat. Texture and color are always interacting and you can have a lot of fun playing with them and finding suitable combinations for your own home.
Avoid making everything match. You don’t want your home interior to look like a bad experiment. Try not to exaggerate with a color, a shape or even a style, even if you really love it. Applying the same characteristics to everything will have an undesirable effect.
You can also ruin a space by choosing furniture that looks good but isn’t practical or comfortable. Surely you had the chance to visit someone or some place, to admire the décor, the colors and the furniture but to later realize you wouldn’t want your home to look like that. Other people messed up so you don’t have to.
Each room has its own set of potential mistakes to avoid. For example, too much clutter on the kitchen counter can definitely kill the mood. The kitchen needs to be practical and space-efficient so it needs proper storage.
Similarly, this applies to all other spaces. Having a cluttered table or bookshelf can make the whole room seem cluttered. The solution is obvious: be organized and store the excess. Don’t turn your coffee table into a collection of things you used at some point and forgot to put back.
Don’t be one of those people that mess things up with a bad furniture arrangement. One of the most common mistakes is to have all the furniture pushed against the walls. This can make a space look sterile. You can create a much more comfortable and cozy ambiance if you opt for a different configuration.
We’ve already established that a diverse and balanced array of lighting solutions is important. You should also keep in mind that bad lighting locations can diminish the beauty and efficiency of your light fixtures. You need to create balance throughout the room and to know how to use task lighting.