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Have You Made These Top 5 Home Decorating Mistakes?

8th Aug 2016

Have You Made These 5 Home Decorating Mistakes?

Part of the fun of decorating your very own home lies in the opportunities to make decisions about colours, selecting the right curtains or venetian blinds, sourcing unique décor or furniture, and finding the perfect arrangements for all of your interior spaces. You get to decide what colour you paint the walls. You get to choose which curtains to hang on your windows. You get to select and arrange your décor in a way that tells of the stories you’ve lived, or the dreams you’ve pursued, creating a space that’s perfectly reflective of you.

However, in all of your valiant interior design efforts, have you ever looked back and wondered if you’ve made any decorating mistakes? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Decorating can be quite the task, and mistakes are easy to make. The trick to making your home look fresh, modern, and fantastic, however, is to learn from others’ mistakes. That’s why we’ve outlined five of the most common mistakes that many homeowners make when decorating or renovating their homes. Let’s take a look.

Home Decorating Mistake #1: Bad Lighting

Whether you chose way too many lights for a small space or not enough light, you’ll notice sooner rather than later that lighting is a huge player when it comes to the look and feel of a room.

The lighting in a room is commonly dictated by that room’s function. For instance, dark, moody lighting is great for home theatre rooms. Bright lighting is appreciated in an office or study where much reading takes place. An all-too-common mistake is to minimise natural light availability in spaces where you’re likely to require natural light, like kitchen and bathroom spaces. You can avoid poor light availability in these spaces by sourcing sheer curtains, as these window coverings will ensure easy light facilitation whilst still maintaining privacy in your interior spaces, making them perfect for bathrooms and living rooms in particular. Kitchen net curtains can also be an elegant solution to ensuring that your functional interior spaces maintain their natural light availability.

How Else To Avoid Poor Lighting

If your home has limited natural light availability, you can opt to find trendy and stylish sources of lighting to help brighten up the place. More than one source of light is a good rule of thumb. If you’re feeling quite ambitious, you can work with an electrician to replace all the light sources in your rooms. Sometimes, swapping your harsh, white downlights for warmer yellow lights may be just what you need!

If swapping out your bulbs isn’t an option, you can also find extra table and floor lamps to brighten the space or change the look and feel depending on the mood.

Home Decorating Mistake #2: Misplaced Art

The look of your sitting or living room can be quite crucial to the overall atmosphere of your home. As your living room is likely to be the place you go for warmth, comfort, family, poorly decorating your living area can leave you feeling off-kilter or disappointed.

Our team of designers here at Quickfit have also noted that living room decoration is more than shopping online for the right blinds, cushions, or décor. It’s about taking the time to make the space your very own. There’s no better way of achieving this than by sourcing artwork to cover your walls. Not only does wall art add a sense of multidimensionality and visual stimulation to your living room space, but it can also effortlessly add a touch of unique character and charm to your wider home too.

If you feel that you’ve chosen the perfect pieces of art for your home, you may be at a stage where you’re thinking of where best that art should be presented. Hanging the art in the right spot is equally as important as choosing the right pieces. Although many DIY home designers try to hang their wall art so it is evenly placed between the top of the furniture and the ceiling, symmetry is not necessarily always the best method for hanging art.

How To Avoid Hanging Art In The Wrong Spaces

It’s always good to try and keep wall art at eye level. Not only will this make it easier for you and your guests to enjoy, but it will help detract from the illusion that your art is floating away if it is hanging too high. Some expert home decorators say to keep the top of the art below 175 cm, but this should not be a hard pressed number, as you’ll find out shortly.

When styling a room, consider all of the elements. If a space has been styled using decorative curtains or other visually compelling pieces of décor, then your wall art may be lost in this visual noise. You want to ensure that your art is placed in spaces that feel ‘blank’, or spaces where you feel something may be lacking.

If your home design utilises principles of minimalism, you may find that the blank spaces are something to be admired throughout your home, and that you’d prefer all your art to be displayed in the one room, like your living room, or even a removed study. If your intention is to have a designated room for all of your art, then you don’t necessarily have to display all the pieces at eye level. In fact, having pieces at different heights can create a highly dynamic interior space with a ‘gallery-like’ feel.

Don’t be afraid to get creative but above all, ensure that you maintain your critical eye too! It’ll help you make sure that your art is never out of place.

Home Decorating Mistake #3: Match, Match, Match

Structure to the look of your home décor can influence the formation of structure or order in other aspects of your daily life. This is precisely why many DIY home decorators opt to use themes in their home design scheme. Whether you choose a theme that’s based on your favourite colour scheme or even a scene found in the natural world, such as the beach, the rainforest, or a favourite city, a theme should ideally only be used as a guideline rather than an overall template. Don’t go overboard with your décor matching, or you’ll find yourself with a little too much uniformity and little authenticity.

If your favourite colour is red, it may be very tempting to paint the walls red, hang red curtains, get red picture frames, sit on a red sofa, read a red book, and drink coffee out of a red mug. Bleh. It’s exhausting just writing about that much red - and red is my favourite colour. Alongside being quite an eyesore, a room with everything that matches is also undoubtedly a room without any statement pieces. There’s nothing that specifically grabs the eye or complements any particular piece of furniture, meaning your entirely red room will feel incredibly one-dimensional to boot.

How To Avoid It Going Overboard With Colour Matching

As we said earlier, you can still choose themes or colour schemes to help flesh out your interior design plans. You just have to make sure that your selected theme doesn’t become the entire interior space. A good method for minimising this risk is to choose a theme for specific elements of your space. For instance, try selecting a theme just for your accents alone.

In doing so, the presence of your theme will become more sparse and purposeful in your finished interior space. If you’d like to keep with the red theme, you can use neutral coloured walls and furniture as a good foundation. Then, add pops of red, such as in the curtains you buy online and hang delicately in front of the window, one piece of red art that is prominently displayed at eye level, or a few different hints of red throughout the room. This way your personal theme remains present, but never overbearing.

Home Decorating Mistake #4: Quantity Over Quality

Avoid the urge to hoard! We all have our tendencies to keep or to buy things we don’t need, don’t want, or don’t have a purpose. Yet, for some reason, we sometimes give in to the urge. Mistake #4 in home decorating 101 is to choose quantity over quality.

The problem with using many different pieces of décor when decorating your home is that your interiors can become cluttered, closed, and feel overwhelmingly ‘incomplete’, which may be hard to believe considering the amount of accents and décor that may be present. Tons of decorations can make an interior feel jumbled, claustrophobic, and generally uninviting. Moreover, people are more likely to spend too much money on home decorations by buying multiple cheap items instead of saving for quality pieces of home décor.

How To Avoid Using Too Much Décor

Patience and discipline are key in this scenario. If you want your home décor to be classy, chic, and clean, then you need to think critically about any décor or accent piece that you bring into your home. Don’t buy decorations just to buy decorations, or even just because you like the particular design styles that décor may belong to. If you’re looking to incorporate multiple styles of décor into an interior space, it’s also well worth minimising your tastes to just one style in your final design scheme. By choosing one style or theme of knick-knacks to display at a time, you’ll be minimising your risks of your home feeling cluttered at the end of your design process.

Alongside minimising your risks of accruing clutter, designing with just one décor style in mind will ensure that your home is properly decorated for different times of the year. You can have autumnal décor in fall and easily swap them out for décor with cool tones for winter. Maintaining this modular style of décor organisation will essentially allow you and your family to enjoy all your different pieces with the utmost respect when they’re displayed.

Another way to avoid décor clutter is by saving up for the pieces you really, really want. If there is a nice piece of art that will complement the room perfectly but is a bit out of your price range now, don’t go and buy a few cheap posters to fill the space in the meantime. Instead, leave the wall blank until you can afford the art you want.

Similarly, when choosing window treatments, try to make the right choice the first time. Do your research, and really think about the style of blinds you want hanging in your home. Instead of quickly shopping online for blinds that you don’t want and re-shopping again later, take the time to choose the right look from the get-go. In the long run, you’ll appreciate a well-thought out choice instead of a rushed and quantity-driven one. Our shop by colour tool here on Quickfit may help you to find the right curtains and blinds to match your interior design scheme with minimal fuss!

Home Decorating Mistake #5: Rushing

You’ve just dropped the kids off at rugby practice and are headed to the store for some quick decor shopping before you have to pick them back up in an hour. Stop yourself now! The last mistake of home decorating that too many people make is rushing. Give yourself time to put together a great look. Shop online for the right curtains and browse through different markets for the perfect piece of art that will help transform your house into a home. After all, this is a more than worthy end goal, and it deserves to be achieved properly.

How To Avoid Rushing In Interior Decorating

The simplest way to avoid rushing through home décor is to find a way to enjoy it. We love browsing Pinterest for home decoration ideas, researching current trends in the news, and really thinking about our favourite styles too. It’s okay to take things slow in order to pick the best pieces of décor. If you feel yourself getting bored or lacking motivation halfway through your decorating project, why not solicit the help of some friends who think along the same page as you, and who you can trust to make decorating decisions? Otherwise, remember that it doesn’t need to be completed now. You have all the time in the world to put the finishing touches on your home. In fact, there really is no such thing as a ‘finished’ interior design plan anyway.

Whether you feel the need to rush because you’re always busy or because you get bored, you may find solace in learning our shipping only takes two days!

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It’s easy to make a decorating mistake, but by heeding the lessons learned from others, you can avoid disliking your home decor. Start by shopping for the best curtains online; our experts here at Quickfit can help you decide on great choices.