Whether it’s how to add pops of color to a space, how to arrange furniture for the best flow, or how to pull a room together in a cohesive way, I’ve heard many of the same questions by people seeking decorating and design advice. I don’t follow a rule book and honestly there aren’t any specific guidelines that interior designers adhere to when it comes to decorating or designing. We go by basic principles learned through school, professional and life experience, and even our mistakes. These principles work for us to ensure an amazing result every time. So, here are 20 decorating tips that I hope you find helpful and educational where you can implement some or all of them in your design project!
Time sure does fly! Autumn is already here displaying lovely fall colors in nature such as burnt orange, copper, wine, and rich browns. Whether its pillows, artwork, flea market finds, bedding, or handcrafted furniture, there are things (small or big) that you can do to start decorating for the autumn season. Below are some fall decorating trends that you can incorporate in your home.
The Curated Look
Collect and display what you love. Incorporate items from flea markets, yard sales, or souvenirs into your home decor. Whimsy, unique, and funky are definitely a plus.
We’ve all made mistakes when it comes to decorating our space. Whether it’s choosing the wrong paint color, rug size, incorrectly identifying furniture proportion, or scale of artwork, below are some common DIY interior design mistakes that people often get wrong.
Mistake 1: Rugs that are too small in size relative to the space
Rugs are a great way to add color, texture, and pattern to a space. If it is too small in size relative to the surrounding furniture, it throws off the balance and cohesiveness of the room. Either all of your furniture should be sitting on the rug or at a minimum the front 2 legs of your sofa and chairs should be on the rug. Since large rugs can be expensive, another option is purchasing 2 smaller rugs and laying them side by side.
Mistake 2: Pushing up furniture against the walls
Lining the walls with your furniture doesn’t necessarily make your room appear larger or more open. Putting too much space between furnishings makes it difficult for your guests to interact with one another if you are entertaining and it makes the room feel less inviting. By moving things away from the wall, you create cozier spaces that allow for intimacy and comfort. If you have a small space, place your sofa and side tables against one wall, and bring in the other furnishings away from the wall closer towards the sofa.
Mistake 3: Purchasing matchy-matchy furniture
Furniture that are very similar to one another in style, color, and texture creates no visual interest and ends up blending together so that they all look alike and nothing stands out. A mix of proportions, style, and scale is important to creating a space that is comfortable yet aesthetically pleasing full of texture and patterns. Try mixing small scale patterns with large scale patterns using geometric prints or organic prints on your throw pillows and rug. Avoid purchasing all your furniture and accessories from one store.
Mistake 4: Selecting paint color before furniture
It’s easier to select paint color for your space after you already have some furnishings in place. It’s much more difficult to find the right rug, window treatments, accessories and furnishings to create a cohesive look with the paint color if you choose the paint first. I recommend either getting samples and painting a small section on your wall as close as possible to your furniture, or getting brush outs so that it can be repositioned around the room at different times of the day to get a better preview of the color.
Mistake 5: Designing for the lifestyle you want versus the one you have
If you have kids or pets, you might want to stay away from a white sofa. Sure, a white sofa is clean, classic, and elegant but if you are constantly cleaning up messy spills, you might want to think twice. Try a sofa in a dark or patterned stain-resistant fabric. Not enough storage for holding your kids toys, arts & crafts, books, and mementos? Ottomans are great for storage and can double as additional seating when entertaining family and friends.
If you make a decorating mistake, it won’t be the end of the world. If you chose a paint color that just didn’t look right, or purchased a rug that is too small for your living room, you can always solve the problem by getting a larger rug or selecting another paint color. Of course, that will cost you additional time and money. Another option is hiring an interior designer on an hourly basis to help you with your design project. An interior designer can guide you to making the right decisions avoiding any further mistakes which will save you time and $!
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