Whether you’re designing a small or big home, being wise with home decoration is undeniably essential. The size, colour, scale, the right proportions, and textures are just a few of the various factors you need to consider when designing your house. Although trends are always changing year by year, there are still a couple of home decor mistakes that – let’s just say – are very hard to do away with. It’s time to bury these home decor blunders into the ground and do the right ones for a change. Here are the 5 common home decor mistakes you need to stop making – PRONTO!
1. Going Overboard with the Interior Design
Whether you’re designing your first dream home or redecorating, homeowners always want to incorporate their own ideas and lifestyle into their home design. But some homeowners take the interior style to another level that sometimes it becomes excessively terrible and tacky. If you’ve chosen a perfect style for your home’s interior design, make sure not to over accessorize. A few accents here and there will usually hack it without making the room too cluttered.
Here are the most famous interior styles you should consider:
• French Country
• Shabby Chic
• Or the most luxurious – Baroque design.
2. Ignoring a Focal Point in Every Room
Speaking of making the room too cluttered, adding a focal point is also another answer to this home décor mistake. When designing your home, remember the concept of Yin and Yang: Maintain a good harmony for utmost functionality. When you enter a specific room in the house, it’s difficult to determine a focal point when there are too many objects scrambling for your attention. For example, putting too many photos or tchotchkes on a table or on every table, for that matter, is a no-no. Or not letting a single wall in the house off the hook by hanging every piece of art or photos you have. Give your tables and walls a room to breathe (pun intended).
3. Turning Your House into an Indoor Jungle
According to NASA’s Clean Air Study, houseplants offer a natural way of eradicating toxic elements from the air; in turn, neutralizing and improving the indoor air quality. So why skip the houseplants? They’re a nice accent to the room and green is a very relaxing colour for the eyes (you should try camping once in a while). But for goodness’ sake, don’t turn your entire home into an indoor jungle unless you’re trying to replicate the movie, Jumanji. If your ceilings are eight feet in height, choose plants which are six feet or less. Also, pick ones that don’t grow their branches or leaves too high and wide. Here are some houseplants which are on top of our list:
• Spider Plant
• Devil’s Ivy
• Lady Palm
• Aloe Vera
• Peace Lily
• Snake Plant
4. Choosing Wrong-Sized Rugs and Furniture
Here’s a fact about rugs and furniture: If you choose the ones that are too big for your space and cover a majority of the area – it’ll actually make space seem smaller regardless of how huge the room is. Two common mistakes are forgetting to measure and forgetting about scale. Before impulse buying on furniture, make sure to measure the area to have enough room to accommodate new furniture in the future.
5. Installing Bad Lighting
Some qualities of bad lighting are shadows and glare. It’s advisable to install a minimum of three light sources in each room: overhead lighting, table lighting, and decorative lighting. However, natural light is still the best type of room lighting. Optimize natural light by keeping your windows and curtains open. Last but not least, don’t ignore a dimmer. It’s a great way to easily change the mood of the room. And oh, don’t forget to use LEDs – they provide a softer light and are energy efficient too.
We know sticking to the latest trends won’t make you feel left out but always put a personal touch on home design. And now that you know these five common home decor mistakes, it’s time to make that home a magnificent personalized spectacle you can be proud of. You can also explore different handmade home decor items at littlespells.com
Author Bio: Susan Brooks is a passionate blogger who loves to write about home designs, renewable energy innovations and more. She spends her free time hiking, swimming, camping and spending time with her family. She also blogs at Thegeneratorlab which is a site filled with home energy tips and guides.