10 Home Decoration Mistakes To Avoid

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Lack of imagination or creative flair of a professional interior designer, does not give a house-owner the excuse to live in messy and untidy home. Everyone likes to live in a clean and clutter free house that has all the right paraphernalia to win admiration of friends and relatives. But sometimes even with the expensive accessories and furniture the house does not have the ambience worthy of appreciation which could be due to mistakes in balancing all the ingredients during interior decoration. But until one identifies the error it is not possible to rectify it and make the home look balanced. Our interior decoration experts have listed out 10 of the most common mistakes that people make when decorating the house. See for yourself what to avoid from now and in the future.

Ignoring Scale and Proportion

Scale and proportion are the holy grail of design. Scale is the size of things, and proportion is the relationship of those sizes to each other and the room as a whole. That is probably the biggest issue we end up fixing. The way American homes are built today, with open floor plans and volume ceilings, you have to integrate good scale and proportion into all the layers of your design. Starting with the backgrounds and ending with the last accessory. Americans get seduced by large, expansive spaces, but without good proportion in those spaces, they will lack harmony and impact. Managing volume space is intimidating and where I see people struggle the most. This is a really, really terrible one. To have a 9-foot sofa in a small room can be kind of treacherous. Make sure furniture decor has similar scale. It’s all about scale, proportion, measuring, being conscious of the overall plan. People buy things in isolation and don’t think of how they work together.

Disorderly Layout

The disorderly style that some people seek to show their bohemian side is never trendy and rather showcases a sloppy and lazy individual. Irrespective of the size and shape of storage facilities like drawers, cupboards, shelves, etc that are available at home, avoid stocking unnecessary stuff in them. Lack of symmetry among objects on display like this bathroom shelf that has haphazardly placed objects some of which have no use in the bathroom spoils the serene atmosphere of the area.

Neglecting the Function of a Room

People get trapped in the way things should feel and less focused on the way things should function. Making a dining room into a dining library gives it function. You could make the living room a study or put a TV in it so you could actually use it. Think of how much furniture you need. You have to know how you want the room to function. Are you going to entertain there, dine there, do you have a large family, is it just the two of you? Drill down into how you want the space to function.As you assemble and select the pieces of furniture, think about selecting pieces that will enhance the way you will live in the room. Think about multifunction and multitasking as you design your rooms. Chances are your rooms will function differently at different times of day and different times of the year.

Unnecessary Bathroom Accessories

Bathroom is a place where people spend a couple of relaxing hours to nourish and wash the body with water and cleaning materials. A perfect bathroom is one that is clean, airy, bright and free of unnecessary bathroom accessories that get in the way of daily activities. As people often use the bathroom for dressing too special attention must be paid to keep it free of clutter and unnecessary gadgets.

Using Inadequate Lighting

Lighting is a very key ingredient. You have to think about the color of light, the ­quantity of light and where to place it. You have to think about light at various times of the day and various times of the year. The best way to design your lighting for success is in layers with as many of those layers as possible to be switched separately and on dimmers. So now you can adjust your lighting for whatever kind of mood you want.

Not Testing Paint Colors

Avoid too much intense color. Make sure you mix colors and try them out. It’s always good to do a swatch.Color is your biggest cost-to-impact ratio. Color has the ability to do so much. Add formality with a glossy white, add sophistication with rich jewel tones, start a trend with ­something bold and different. But remember that color is one of many layers.

Placing all living room furniture against the walls

Move the furniture inward to create a warm, intimate seating arrangement for conversation. This is particularly important for entertaining in large, ­open-concept homes. The furniture should be arranged to allow for guests and family to circulate through the space. A large area rug can unify the furnishings.

Going Overboard on Accessories and Art

Accessories and art will bring your composition into perfect harmony, but you have to be very careful not to clutter. You have to constantly do scale-and-proportion checks on yourself as you compose your art and accessories. They are the final layer that will oftentimes be what brings your composition into perfect harmony.

Overlooking the focal point in a room

A prominent item like a fireplace, artwork or mirror can serve as an eye-catching focal point for any space.With strong background design and interesting architectural elements contributing to the composition, your art and accessories won’t have to work too hard.

Making Everything Matchy-Matchy

It’s tempting to buy the coordinated, ready-made furnishings on the furniture showroom floor. Try mixing accessories with ready-made pieces from the store to add character to a room.It takes time, sometimes years, to achieve a warm overall feel, but the result is a home that is as unique as the people living in it.

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