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Interior Decorating Mistakes Homeowners Like You Must Avoid

Mistakes in interior decorating happens to every single homeowner. It’s not like when you commit one it’s the end of the world. However, it doesn’t also mean you just ignore those mistakes and end up making them over and over again. The thing with interior decorating is that you actually have some bit of room to be creative on your own terms. With that in mind, some minor mistakes can be tolerated. However, there are those that you should completely avoid, and this article is about those mistakes.

Let’s start things off with this article called “Avoid These 10 Common Interior Design Mistakes.” from AngiesList.com:

1. Scale of furniture
Most people tend to buy furniture that is too large for the space. This is a very common issue and one that I see time and time again.

When purchasing furnishings, keep in mind the size of the room and the amount of space each piece will occupy and still allow for ease of movement. I suggest using painter’s tape to mark out the space that each piece will occupy before making purchases.

2. Small rugs
A common problem in even otherwise well designed rooms is using a rug that is too small. Rugs should ground a furniture group.

Legs of the chairs should sit on the rug, or at the very least, the front legs should be comfortably on the rug. With a dining table, the rug should sit under the chairs, even when pulled out. Having the right size rug can even make a space seem larger.

3. Inadequate lighting
Unfortunately, most spaces are designed with inadequate lighting right from the get go. Lighting should be layered within a space, taking into account ambient, task and accent lighting.

The guidelines of layering are function, mood and harmony. Function is based on the activities that will take place in the room, Mood conveys the feeling that you want to express in the room. Harmony asks if all of the lighting elements in the room work with each other.

4. High wall art
There is a tendency among some homeowners to hang art too high. Art should be hung at eye level, although small pieces can be hung lower.

As a guideline, when art is hung above furniture, make sure that it is 8 inches above the top of the furniture piece. It should look like they sit together.

Read the rest of the tips from this article by clicking on the link.

If you get the chance to talk to an expert interior designer, the one thing he or she tells you is to follow your heart when doing this kind of project. But sometimes, you tend to be way too preoccupied with personalizing everything that you become blind of the mistakes you’re committing such as the insufficiency in lighting and buying furniture that is way too large for your space. There’s nothing wrong with following your heart, but be smarter in doing so.

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Next, let’s talk about another set of possible mistakes you can make in interior design. This time, information comes from the article “Top 10 Interior Design Mistakes to Avoid” by Clint Calder:

Not using mirrors

Mirrors are a bit under-rated. Using mirrors will make rooms appear much more spacious. The lack of mirrors or windows seems to give the room a boxy feel. Don’t hesitate to hang a decorative mirror or two on your walls. Be creative. You can find many different shapes and sizes of mirrors at your local home-improvement retailers. Not only will your room look bigger, but it will also make the room brighter as it reflects the lighting.

Not allowing enough time for the design process

It is not a race to the finish. Effective interior designing requires a lot of planning and organization. If you rush through a few steps, you may find yourself making decisions that have unfortunate consequences. So be careful!

Not involving nature One of the greatest ways to improve the feel of a room is to add a few plants here and there. Adding plants creates a more natural feel to the room, and with the right plants, you will have a new and refreshing essence to fill the air. When designing a room, never forget to include the five senses in your decision making.

Not paying attention to acoustics

How you arrange the room for acoustics may be one of the more difficult decisions. This will be most important for the theater or entertainment rooms. Nothing is more important than sound when it comes to watching a movie. Don’t use a lot of hard surfaces in the theater rooms that allows the sound waves continue to bounce around. Capture them with carpets and soft sofas. Hardwood floors look great in living spaces, but you may want to throw a few rugs on the floor to keep the noise down. You may be surprised at how important acoustics really are.

Over-furnishing a room

It has been said that your bedroom reflects your state of mind. A room that is overcrowded with coffee tables, couches, footstools, paper baskets or whatever, can cause the mind to feel the same way. Be sure to leave plenty of walking space. Stay away from the tendency to fill in the empty spaces. Leave some room. It will be much easier for you to relax and kick back.

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Just like everything about life, too much isn’t a good thing in interior design. So even if you have so many things in your mind that you want to incorporate in your project, the key is to take it one idea at a time.

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