Not everyone is a professional interior decorator. However, not everyone has to be a professional interior decorator to create a design that is both inviting and stylish. Many people have the ability to size up a room and make choices, no matter how much interior design experience they have. On that note, there are also people who think they have an eye for décor, but in reality they do not have an eye for it at all. When it comes to interior decorating there are a number of glaring decorating mistakes that many people make without any realization they’ve done so. Before you decorate your home, learn what the most common interior decorating mistakes are that people make and avoid them.
Most Common Furniture Decorating Mistakes
One of the most common mistakes people make when decorating their home is with their furniture. To start, many people choose furniture that is not on scale with the room. This means some purchase furniture too large for their modest space, and others choose furniture that is too small for their grand room. The most important thing anyone can do before decorating their home is measure each room, and then measure any furniture you like before you purchase it.
Once you purchase furniture that fits into your space it’s time to arrange it. Unfortunately, most people think that the best way to decorate a room is to push their furniture flush against the walls, leaving a large open space in the center of the room. This is a huge mistake. Furniture should be arranged so that it creates an appealing look and an inviting space. Furniture should never interrupt the flow of traffic, but it doesn’t have to be up against the wall. In fact, most rooms look better when the furniture is at an angle.
Most Common Mistakes People Make with Decorative Items
Before you frame every photo you took on vacation, stop and consider where you are going to put all those photos along with your knick-knacks, vases, family heirlooms, and other stuff you have to decorate a room. You don’t have to showcase everything you own just because you own it. In fact, one of the best ways to display your belongings is by placing just a few pieces out at a time and revolving them. If you want to show off all the beautiful vases you’ve purchased on your world travels, you should decorate with a few and place the rest in storage. You can switch them out from time to time to keep your décor fresh.
Pillows are a great decoration, but just because you can purchase every possible size, shape, and color pillow imaginable does not mean you should purchase them. The rule of thumb here is to only use decorative pillows in natural places; a few on the bed, one on a deep chair, and a few on the couch. If you have to remove a ton of pillows from your furniture just to sit down, you have too many.
Finally, you should never hang all of your photos, mirrors, and artwork at the same level. Hanging photos and art on the wall is a great way to decorate any space, but it always looks better when you hang them at varying heights, and when you hang them in frames that go together, but that are different.
There are a number of interior decorating mistakes people make on a regular basis, but now that you know what they are you can be sure to avoid making the same mistakes in your own home. Interior design should be classy and interesting, not weird and out of place.
About the Author: Jeff Gross has been blogging since 2007 & contributing on many websites since that time. He is also a consultant and content contributor for arvernebythesea.com community.