Common Home Interior Design Mistakes You Must Avoid

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Let’s face it: many people go for similar styles when it comes to interior design. Contemporary styles are very popular at the moment, and most home furnishing retailers adapted their product ranges with that in mind.

But, that doesn’t stop people from creating their own unique styles for their homes. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that because it makes sense to come up with style fusions or try things that most other people haven’t done before with their interior design.

However, there are some very obvious mistakes that a few people make when redecorating their homes. If you want to make sure you don’t make them as well, find out more about what you need to avoid doing below:

Poor Lighting Choices

If you’re planning to live in total darkness, you can ignore this section. Otherwise, it’s essential you digest the main takeaway of this part of the article: don’t make poor lighting choices!

One of the most common interior design mistakes people make is leaving their lighting choices as an afterthought. Fantastic lighting can help transform any room into something extraordinary.

When you’re considering your interior design choices, always think about the best type of lighting to complement the colours, styles, and furniture used within each room.

Poor Furniture Choices

It should come as no surprise that one of the top reasons some people aren’t good at home interior design is when they make poor furniture choices. As you can appreciate, the furniture you choose for each room must compliment your interior decor.

For example, if you’ve gone for a contemporary look for your dining room, a round dining table and matching chairs would look quite smart compared to something that would be more in keeping with a Jacobean style.

Similarly, if you’re going for a retro art deco theme for your living room, you wouldn’t necessarily choose a shabby chic TV cabinet.

Crowded Walls

Some folks might seek inspiration for their home decor ideas on websites like Pinterest. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, it’s not always possible to pull off the same look on a “pinned” image.

One example is creating a photo montage wall. Yes, it can be a great way to remind yourself about everything you love in your life by putting up photos of certain people and places. But, you could easily go too far and create a chaotic photographic nightmare.

Consider the amount of space available to you, along with the size of the room, before you decide how many photos to put up on the wall and the dimensions of each frame.

Forgetting to Take Measurements

One final point to bear in mind is that some home dwellers fall in love with certain items of furniture, for example, and believe those items would look great in their homes. Unfortunately, they forget to take any measurements.

As you can imagine, disappointment and frustration will often ensue, especially when they can’t even get said items of furniture through their front or back doors! That’s why it’s always crucial to measure spaces and doorways before buying anything bulky.

 

 

Hallway Makeover Ideas That Will Make Your Home Rock

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Very often, hallways are the forgotten rooms of our homes. They’re just a transit area that takes us from the front door to the living room or kitchen – and not much more than that. 

But that’s a shame. Hallways have massive potential. And they can totally change how you feel in your home. 

In this post, we’re going to take a look at some hallway makeover ideas that totally rock. Check them out below. 

Choose A Paint Colour That Sets The Mood

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When it comes to hallways, you can afford to be a little bold. People don’t spend a long time in them, so any decor should make an immediate impact. Don’t wait until you get into the main reception rooms. Things like multi-coloured tile patterning on the floor and moody, black-painted walls can all help set the tone. 

Implement A Statement Piece

Next, you’ll want to implement a statement piece – something that really stands out from the rest of the room. Marble console tables are a great idea here. They’re slim enough to provide plenty of walk space. But they’re also stylish enough to really get people talking. 

Statement pieces make a lot of difference to how your hallway feels. The room feels “full” and “bold” at the same time as practical and convenient. 

Get Your Lighting Sorted

As with paint colour, your hallway is also an opportunity for you to experiment with lighting options. Yes – you can stick with regular spotlights. But many designers swear by hanging light shades that create a mellower atmosphere. Remember, spotlights can make the lighting in your property feel a little harsh at times. So if you’re somebody who is a little sensitive to bright lights, you might want to avoid this typical setup. 

Accessorise Your Hallway

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Many homeowners have a habit of leaving their hallways bare, but that’s a missed opportunity. After all, there’s fundamentally no reason why you can’t accessorise your hallway with paintings and vases. They look just as great here as anywhere else. 

If you want storage space in your hallway, just add hooks to the wall. This way, you have somewhere you can quickly hang your hats, coats and face masks when you get in. 

Choose Neutral Tones For A Lighter Hallway

Sometimes, hallways can feel a little dingy, especially if there are no windows. The way to deal with this is to use as many neutral tones as possible. White-painted walls will reflect any natural or artificial light entering the space, helping to lighten the entire volume. You can also try things like laying light rugs, placing neutral side tales and even using mirrors. For extra reflectivity, paint your radiators white. 

Embrace Maximalist Designs

Maximalist designs are a response to minimalism. It’s the idea that you can still enjoy your environment, even if it is teeming with interesting patterns. 

If your stairs run alongside your hallway, you can experiment with bold maximalist wallpaper on the adjoining wall, next to the cupboard underneath. Choose a bold print with a dark scheme to contrast with the rest of the space. 

 

Summer Home Improvements

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Summer is always a great time for home improvements. The sunshine and longer days make you feel like you have more time to play with, and with the lockdown, we had so much time. We made the most of the extra time spent at home by doing some summer home improvements. We have been really busy working on our house and I am impressed with how much work we have done already. Prior to the home improvements, our house was looking pretty tired. We have been in our house for over 7 years now and we haven’t really devoted time to redecorating since we moved. I switch things up here and there, but nothing extreme until this summer.

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Before this big home redecoration, the most we ever did was to get new curtains and blinds a while ago. The Yorkshire Fabric Shop is a great store to shop for fabrics for blinds, curtains, so it is worth looking on their website for fabric furnishing ideas. We also decorated the children’s room some years ago and we do get new home furniture every now and again. However, this is the first time we went all out in home decoration.

Plastering and Painting

The first thing we started off with was plastering and painting. We only just finished painting the whole house some weeks ago. M did it all and it was a lot of work. We opted to use the same colour to keep things simple, and the cream paint and white doors work so no need to change it.

Redecorating the Children’s room

The kiddies got new beds. They have outgrown their toddler beds, so we decided to go for single beds for them. They love them and the single beds look great. I love the fact that they come with some storage to store extra bits neatly. You can never have too much storage. The twins also got some new bedroom furniture and a reshuffling of their bedroom. The redecoration has given the room a new look. It looks brand new!

Deep Summer Cleaning

We were able to deep clean the house. Since we were moving furniture about, we got the golden opportunity to clean so many corners and spots we haven’t been able to reach in years. It was so amazing to give the whole house a good deep clean.

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Have you had any summer home improvements done? Do you enjoy decorating?

 

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