Home decor mistakes to AVOID 10 home decor mistakes to avoid 10

2016-07-19 06:00
Don’t let anyone impose their taste and style on you because at the end of the day, you have to live with it.

Don’t let anyone impose their taste and style on you because at the end of the day, you have to live with it.

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DON’T let clutter, uncomfortable furniture, money or time restrictions keep you from reaching your décor goals this year.

To create a fashionable, well-arranged and well-lit home, avoid these 10 home décor pitfalls:

Deandra Solomon from
Design House Interiors shares some tips …

Letting the clutter build up

There is nothing worse than having a cluttered space. When it comes to decorating your home, less is more. Solomon says you have far greater chance of achieving your ultimate look if you stick to this rule. She says not every nook and cranny needs to have a piece of furniture. Often, it is the clean and open spaces that make more of an impact.

Making sure that things match

According to Solomon, some of the most beautiful spaces are created by using a mixture of colours, textures and patterns.

“Opting for a selection of neutral tones is a great and safe way to experiment with this. I mean, when don’t grey, white and black look good together?”

Pushing furniture against the wall

Furniture arrangement is one of the key aspects of creating an amazing space. Solomon says she often sees people plastering the couch against the wall and placing chairs too far apart.

Another common mistake is the creation of large empty spaces or small cramped rooms. The guiding factor here should be practicality and intimacy.

Buying furniture that is pretty but

It’s beautiful, but oh-so-uncomfortable. The basic rule is no matter how good-looking something is, if you can’t sit, walk or relax on it, it’s not for you.

Neglecting lighting

Having bright lights around the house is a common mistake that people make. It is important to create the right ambiance in your space by choosing the right lighting. “I suggest using dimmer switches and soft lighting throughout your home to give it that cosy and relaxing feel.”

Buying cheap furnishings

When deciding who is going to make your furniture or redo your kitchen, it is true that going with the cheaper option can sometimes end up costing you double. Solomon says the best people in the industry are the best for a reason. Yes, they come at a cost, but they will end up saving you time and money in the long run.

Using daring colours on key

According to Solomon, choosing a bright purple fabric to cover your couch probably isn’t the best idea. She says bold colours work far better on accent pieces as opposed to feature pieces.

If you are thinking of brightening up a room, rather achieve it through the use of scatter cushions and other accessories. By doing this, you won’t get tired of the colour in two months, and if you do, you can easily change it out with other accessories and embellishments. It’s an easy way of achieving that “wow factor”.

Doing too much, too quickly

It’s easy to lose focus while you’re decorating your home. Creating a step-by-step plan will help you avoid getting side tracked or overwhelmed by the project at hand.

Remember, people spend their lives redecorating their homes, so there is no rush.

Choose one space and complete it before moving onto the next one.

Ignoring scale

Furniture can be too small or too big for a space. It is therefore important to take into account the size and scale of the room. The right furniture can make a small room look bigger and make a large room feel cosier.

Being bullied into taking decorating advice

Solomon says your home should reflect who you are. She says don’t let anyone impose their taste and style on you because at the end of the day, you have to live with it.

Should you need help, rather employ the expertise of a decorator.

- www.designhouseinteriors.co.za


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