Deciding to decorate your home can seem like an exciting plan. Especially if you have just moved in and you are essentially working with a blank canvas you finally get to bring out your taste and personality with the choices you make. However, there are some common mistakes you should avoid to ensure a promising outcome.
- Choosing Paint Colours Early
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Do not start with painting your walls just yet. You need to first bring in your furniture and furnishings into the space to determine what wall color will be a good complement. People often choose wall color before having a good idea of what décor theme they will have and often end up having to redo the work.
- Matching Colours
When buying furniture, furnishings, décor, and painting, many people mistakenly adhere to the idea of matching colors. This can however often make for a very bland appearance of the room. You need to break up colors by introducing some contrast, texture, or patterns. More so if you desire a more modern or contemporary aesthetic.
- Insufficient Lighting
Overhead lighting is rarely sufficient for reasonable illumination. Add more lighting fixtures for ambient and task lighting. This will make your rooms look bigger and brighten the space.
- Buying Furniture Without Measuring
Before you buy any large piece of furniture, you need to ensure you can get through the door and it will have enough space to set it up. more so if it comes as a complete piece rather than something that needs assembly.
- Over Decorating
Less is more. It can be tempting to want to incorporate every décor idea you have always admired, but this can make for a messy and cluttered outcome. You need to enjoy the freedom of movement and be able to comfortably clean your space. Stick to one or two themes and if it starts to feel crowded, consider storing or relocating a few things.
- Buying Small Rugs
There are very many cute rug designs that come in small sizes. But they fail in their purpose if the furniture you have does not comfortably sit on them. You should want all the legs to be on the rug. Again, take measurements before making a purchase.
- Adding Plants as an Afterthought
Adding plants to a room is a great idea. They can improve air quality, introduce a more natural theme, and just add vibrancy to a space. But this should never be an afterthought. Especially if the plant size you want is substantial. You need to allocate a reasonable amount of space so it can comfortably be on display and perform its role. Also, be sure to choose a type of plant that is suitable for whatever light conditions the space allows and that you are capable of adequately caring for.
- Hanging Artwork Too High
You should not have to lean so far back just to admire the artwork. It looks misplaced and leaves a lot of empty space beneath. Keep it at eye level. If you have to use a ladder or stool to hang it, it is too high.