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7 common interior mistakes and how to avoid them

When it comes to decorating your property, it can be difficult to know if you’re doing it the right way. We’ve put together a list of the 7 biggest interior design mistakes, and what you can do to avoid them.

Starting with paint

Painting first then looking for furniture and decorations is a big mistake. Make sure to always start by choosing fabrics and textiles such as rugs, curtains and pillows. It will be much easier to then find the adequate paint. The colour that you pick will complement the look of the room.

Setting one décor for each room

You need to think of your property as a whole. Always remember that your home should show a sense of cohesion throughout. It is important to take a step back to consider the overall flow of the design from one room to another. Properties that are decorated without following a common thread often look and feel disjointed.

Misplaced decorations

One of the easiest ways to add dimension to a room is to add some decorations such as paintings, vases or sculptures. Make sure not to turn your home into a museum. Decorations should come as a nice addition and shouldn’t dominate the design and furniture in each room.

Not having enough lighting

Lighting is essential when it comes to the design of your property. Each room should have more than one source of lighting. Try to avoid having visible lamps to maximise space. You can also install dimmers to help you control the level of light in the room, depending on the time of day and occasion.

Not paying enough attention to dimensions

Before buying furniture and accessories for your home, make sure to pay attention to the dimensions and measurements of each room. Don’t just rely on the eye to measure space. When purchasing furniture pieces consider the overall volume of the space that you are about to fill. That way you will make the room that you’re decorating feel much more spacious.

Having furniture against the walls

This is one of the most common mistakes when it comes to interior design. Bringing your furniture together will create a more intimate setting and a flow to allow people to move around the space more easily. When arranging furniture always remember that chairs and sofas should face each other to create conversation areas.


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