The 6 Most Common Mistakes in Home Decoration (and how to fix them)
# 1. Too much clutter
There’s a very fine line between a room with great personality and hutzpah, to a 101 lesson on how to look like a hoarder!
A really simple way to combat this, is to remove all your bits-and-bobs one room at a time, and then only put back half of what you had in there to begin with. You’ll be surprised at what a huge and refreshing difference this makes!
Not only will you add to the feeling of light and space in the room, but you’ll also have created a little surplus of cherished items that you can use later to replace things when you need a change.
# 2. Poor lighting
We all suffer the die-hard habit of simply flicking a switch on the wall to illuminate our spaces, but the key to truly great lighting is in the lamps and other forms of accent lighting we use in our homes.
Like in all things, understanding the style of your home and décor is a great place to start. Is it a contemporary home or perhaps more traditional? Is it roomy or more your tiny-house variety?
Take the time to walk through each room in your house and make a note of all the activities that take place in there, and specifically where these activities tend to occur. Are they focused task type activities like chopping vegetables or reading a book? These types of activities require lights with greater luminosity.
Perhaps you want to accentuate a particular artwork or area in your home or add some personality to a room that feels a bit lacking? Lamps and wall lights are a great way to do this.
If you want to create an ambient space that can change the mood of a room then installing lighting with dimmers is also an obvious choice.
# 3. Fear of colour
Colour is the lifeblood of all great design and used in the right way can lift your interior design to astronomical heights. However, used in the wrong way you can risk creating an overwhelming jarring effect that will send people running for the hills.
Of course, getting your colour scheme right can be a daunting task. There is so much at work behind the colours you choose, and each has a powerful effect on our mood.
For example, if you want to instil a deep calm and serenity in your bedroom, then it’s a good idea to stay away from reds and purples (which are mentally stimulating colours), and use blues, yellows and greens that promote relaxation and lovely positive vibes.
Another simple trick is to use neutral colours and shades, such as whites & greys as your base in things like your wall paint colours, furniture and carpets. Then by adding pops of colour in your smaller and more easily changeable pieces such as your cushions, bed linen, artworks etc, you can add as much colour as you like without the huge costs associated with repainting and re-furnishing a house. Ripper!
# 4. No personality
This is a tricky one. It’s easy to create visually attractive spaces that tick all the boxes in terms of achieving that ‘catalogue’ look, but at the same still feel like it’s lacking a little something resulting in the space feeling flat. If this is something you’ve experienced, then it’s likely that the thing missing from your design – is you!
There is such a thing as too design-y, so beware! Personal touches added to a space that show your personality and the things you love – such as a few deftly placed artworks by your favourite local artist, to a wonderful smelling candle and some of your coffee table book fav’s out on display go a long way to elevate the feeling of a room.
5. Scale & proportion
If your space is feeling bare and underwhelming or alternatively, confused and crowded then it’s likely that you’re having some issues with the scale and proportion of things you have in there.
There are a few simple tricks that can help combat this problem. For example, before installing your artworks on the wall, do a ‘soft hang’ on the floor so that you can see what works with what before you start drilling holes in the wall!
Good interior design needs things of all shapes and sizes to be truly amazing! By doing a quick sketch of your room roughly to scale with your intended furniture positioning before going to the effort of physically moving stuff is also a great way of understanding how things will best fit.
And importantly, how big are your floor rugs? If they’re too small they will feel mean and will detract from the overall feel of the room. If you have a large loungeroom, then it’s really worth the additional cash splash on the bigger size rug. Likewise, in your dining room when choosing a rug to go under the dining table, make sure that you add at least 60cm to each side when calculating the correct size to accommodate your dining chairs.
#6. Ignoring comfort & over-doing trends
Although it’s tempting to rush out and purchase the latest thing that has caught your attention, buyer beware! Trends come and go, and the good ones (and some bad ones), come and go again and again. This doesn’t mean that you should rush out break the bank on an of-the moment pattern or colour design that will leave you with retail remorse.
Likewise, super sleek items that are the latest thing but bomb out on the comfort scale should also be avoided. You can still have your cake and eat it too by investing in items that are a good balance of form and function. Check out Ceramic Rituals for some great examples of this.
For example, adding some cosy blankets to your couch or armchair is a no-brainer, particularly during the cooler months when all you want to do at the end of the day is snuggle-up with a super deluxe Seljak rug in front of Netflix with a a glass of red in some beautiful new Katie-Ann Houghton (KAH) halo wine glasses.