Interior Faux Pas
You’d be hard-pressed to find a person, no matter how interior-design focused, who will tell you they’ve never made a decorating mistake. Blame it on ignorance or just trying desperately to make it work, The best way to dodge making decorating blunders is by educating yourself.
So I thought today, we can talk about a few mistakes that are incredibly common but so easily avoidable! Here are my tips on avoiding the five most prevalent decorating blunders that I see repeated over and over again.
#1: Everything Matching
There is nothing that makes space look more flat and dull than having every single piece in a range in a single room. While having a matching dining table and a sideboard or a headboard and chest of drawers can work great, too much of one range of furniture in one space is certainly something to be bypassed. Try blending ranges to give your space an eclectic look that looks creative and exciting.
#2: Window Dressings
I always feel a little bit uneasy when I see curtains that don’t reach all the way to the floor; it looks like they are frightened sitting way up there, fearful of what might be prowling below! Curtains should always touch the floor or hover by no more than an inch. If you've got a window where a long curtain isn’t suitable, then consider using a roman blind or a valance to insert softness and character.
#3: Dark Rooms With White Paint
While it may seem perfectly logical to spread that bright white paint all over a room that doesn’t get much light to lighten in, what happens is that the white will look dirty and depressing in the little light. Instead of trying to fight the deficit of light, work with it and paint that room a lovely snug dark colour. You’ll be astonished to see the corners of the room disappear, immediately making the room look larger! Balance the dark colours on the wall with loads of natural textures for an elegant neutral look.
#4: Fixing Artwork Too High
Whenever I step into a living room and see artwork hanging two feet above the sofa, I instantly feel as though the artwork is trying somehow to escape up the wall! Artwork should always be hung at eye level and in a living room, your eye level is lower when you are seated. So hang art around 6 inches on the back of a sofa for a cosy look.
#5: Out of Scale Furniture
When picking the furniture for a room, guarantee it fits the room properly! So that tiny pieces won’t look like they are drifting in an ocean and you won’t be clambering over larger pieces to find a place to sit! It also means avoiding a tiny sized coffee table in front of a large sprawling dining table where you can’t entirely push out the chairs. Take measurements before bringing it home from the shop and make sure it fits the space you have available rather than the area in the showroom.
- Lindsey Brown Burden