Having the opportunity to decorate your new home, which is ultimately yours and only yours, is a once-in-a-lifetime moment. From being able to pick out your sofa to drilling holes in the walls, it can be hard to control your enthusiasm; but impulsive decorating can lead to disappointment and frustration. Whether you rushed into buying furniture or neglected the planning phase, it’s easy to fall into some of the fundamental traps of interior design. That’s why we’ve listed the top 18 internal design mistakes and how to avoid them. We’ve made these mistakes, so you don’t have to. Now discover the decorating tips that will help you turn your new home into the living space of your dreams.
Buying everything at once and in one store
Don’t take the easy way out by buying all your furniture at once at the store. Before you even think about purchasing a piece of furniture, even if it’s a small item, you need to plan your theme, decorating scheme, and color palette. Once you have a style in mind, you can start shopping.
If you buy everything at once, you may end up with furniture that doesn’t fit your new home or doesn’t match other furniture you’ve purchased. Save time and money by living in your home first and patiently acquiring furniture as you go. This will give you a clear idea of what you need. Take the time to store around and carefully select the table you like, rather than settling for what’s available in one store. After all, variety is the spice of life.
Not measuring your living space before you start shopping
It seems obvious, but we’ve all been there. You’ve seen something you like, bought it in a hurry, and once you get home, you realize it doesn’t fit. A sad story that can be easily avoided if you know the exact measurements you have to deal with in advance. So don’t forget to take your tape measure with you when you buy your furniture. It’s always wise to leave a few inches of wiggle room for furniture that takes up more space unless you’re looking for the exact size.
Buying furniture online is especially helpful if you’re looking for specific size items, as most online retailers provide the exact dimensions of their products.
Painting too many accent walls
The purpose of an accent wall is to create a focal point in a room to draw attention to it. Accent walls can be effective, but if you paint one in every room, they can start to lose their effect.
Accent walls are perfect for highlighting unique structural features, like a fireplace or archway. Be sure only to make one if you have something it will work well with, rather than just having one. If your furniture already has a bright color palette, forgoing an accent wall for a neutral background can make your decor stand out and be a good starting point.
Not Considering Scale
Have you taken all the necessary precautions to ensure your furniture fits in your new home, but it still doesn’t seem to work? It’s probably because you haven’t considered the size of your table concerning the size of your home. It’s important to keep scale in mind so that your decor is well-balanced.
For example, opt for smaller or less bulky furniture if you have less space. Don’t choose a sofa that will take up most of your living room. Opt for a tall table to avoid looking heavy for those of you with high ceilings.
Scale is all about combining sizes and heights to create a well-varied room. A well-scaled space shouldn’t look cluttered or empty, and the elements that make up the space should be harmonious.
Painting small rooms with dark colors
If your room is small, the last thing you want to do is close it off and make it look smaller. Choosing a darker shade for the walls can bring an element of comfort, but it can also make your room feel smaller. For those of you with a small bedroom or living room, opt for lighter shades to reflect light and create the illusion of a larger space. Add space to your room by choosing a cream, off-white, and soft pastel colors.
Matching all your furniture
Once you’ve determined the style you want to adopt, it can be easy to fall into the logic of only finding decorations and furniture that fit that theme. This overly coordinated look will only make your space look old-fashioned and limit your creative freedom. Shopping around for a specific decorating style and matching all your furniture, whether you like it or not, is not being true to your style.
Buy what you like, rather than what you think will look good together. You can match your chairs or pillows, but we recommend avoiding matching your sofa to your chairs and your dressing table to your bed.
Not taking advantage of your new home
Many new homeowners go into interior design with an idea in mind, without considering their new home itself. It’s always a good idea to evaluate your home’s architectural style, structure, and features before you start designing. These features can benefit you and give your home an attractive focal point.
For example, if you have a room that reflects light in a particular way, experiment with different shades of paint to achieve the unique finish you’re looking for. Unusual structural elements such as archways, windows, fireplaces, and staircases should be highlighted, as they are rare features!