When its time to decorate or redecorate your home, there are a few things that you’ll probably want to avoid doing, unless you’re looking to commit a home design faux pas. Now, before I get started, some of these things can actually work well depending on your space and your taste, but as a general rule of thumb, you’re going to want to avoid doing them. So here you go, 4 things that you should avoid doing when decorating.
Reusing the Same Pattern
You might have found the perfect pattern or design for your couch, cushions, bedding etc. and it can be difficult to resist the temptation to not use it throughout your house. You might even trick yourself into thinking that reusing that pattern will make the design of your home feel more “cohesive”. Resist the temptation! Repeating the same pattern can make your home feel, unsurprisingly, very samey and each time you reuse the design, it becomes less striking through its repetition. Use distinct patterns and designs sparingly, and try to mix them up a bit, and you’ll really be making the most from them.
Filling a Small Space
If you live in a home that has limited space, it’s important that you decorate and fill your home in a way that is complementary and relative to the space that you have to work with. For example, if you don’t have much space in your bedroom, avoid putting in a dressing table – try using smaller alternatives to fill the same role. You might feel the need to fit as much as possible into the space that you have, but remember less can be more, and using minimalist decoration can actually make a small space feel bigger.
Not Testing the Paint Colour
This might seem like a bit of common sense, but you’d be surprised at how often you can get caught up in the excitement of decoration and forget to look before you jump – I know I’ve been guilty of this in the past. Make sure that you test out your chosen colour on a material that is similar to the one you’ll be painting it on, let it dry and then see if you still like it or not. Sometimes paints will look drastically different from material to material or after they’ve dried, so you could be saving yourself lots of grief.
Focus on Style
If you read lots of home decoration blogs like I do, you might have a pretty clear idea in your head of a great theme room or a way to really use all the recent trends, but you might want to rethink that a little. Theme rooms can often become quite flat after the novelty has worn off, and prioritising style while you’re decorating can sometimes mean that you neglect the fact that you will be living in and using this space.
You should certainly keep style in mind but think about functionality, comfort and what you want to be doing in that space as well. You can construct a beautiful space, but if you don’t enjoy spending time in it then all that effort will have gone to waste.