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The Top Interior Design Mistakes People Make and How to Avoid Them

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Decorating a home can be a daunting project and one that takes on an immense amount of hard work. All those walls which need covering, spaces that need filling and corners which need sprucing up can seem like a never-ending battle. 

Although tempting, try to avoid working with quick fixes, which in the end will only cause you more problems. 

When your home needs improving, it’s best to do it properly. A good job well done will leave you satisfied and content. Otherwise, if you start making shortcuts, common interior design mistakes start to happen which will set you further back than you were in the first instance.

 

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Here are ten common mistakes that many people have experienced, which you should aim to avoid at all costs:

 

1. Choosing all your materials in one day

It’s common to set off on a home improvement day out, planning to come home with a car filled with all your materials. Loading yourself up with all the paint, wallpaper, fixtures, frames, pieces of furniture and fabrics you think you need in one trip is a bad idea.

Not only is the prospect of shopping for an entire room’s décor in just one day a stressful thought, but it’s also risky business. As you start to work on one task, it can change the way you feel about another area of the room. So take your time and work to a layering approach to decorating. 

Focus on painting or wallpapering first, and then assess the accessories, artwork and furniture, building up on the finished look. 

 

2. Always measure carefully

Too many people make rough estimates when they measure, but it’s the one mistake that can cost you time and money. If you have saved a space for a new desk to fit in, and your measurements were too big or small, you’ve potentially got a piece of furniture with no use (or you have to totally re-arrange the room layout).

 

3. Stick to one focal point per room

Every room has a focal point, even if it’s not one that you physically created. In a living room, it’s either the TV or the fireplace area. In the bedroom, its the bed and it’s symmetrical bedside tables. While in the bathroom, it’s the bath area. 

By mixing this up and creating two areas of a room where your eyes are drawn can just look too much and look distracting. It’s all about creating that one wow factor aspect of each room. For bathrooms, you want people to step into your space and be drawn to a relaxing bath which looks tranquil and modern. 

If your shower stands over the bath, then this can be classed as a focal area, so make sure both are designed similar and blend in perfectly together. You can get some great bath and shower inspiration over at Bathdisc here, whether it’s a corner bath and shower setup or a freestanding one.

 

 

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4. Decorating without any help

Decorating can be costly and fairly difficult depending on the type of house and rooms you have. But above all, decorating is time-consuming when you do it on your own. 

It’s worth asking yourself if the time and effort spent doing it on your own is as worthy as you once thought. A professional decorator can come in and do most painting and decorating jobs in one day, opening you up to start moving on to other tasks. 

For a small percentage of your overall budget, it will give you the peace of mind that the job is done to a high-quality standard. 

 

5. Buying too many trend items

Cushions, throws and decorative pieces come in various trendy prints and patterns, usually following interior trends. If you want to save some money, step away from anything that goes down the trend led route!

Stick to classics for all your soft furnishings and decorative items. In a few years time, they will still look classic and timeless. The same won’t be said for that 70’s themed cushion cover that made a comeback for one year only. 

The entire decorating process will see you switching from choosing furniture, experimenting with paint swatches, trying your hand at wallpapering and positioning artwork around the walls. It’s a multi-skilled job, and there are so many little and big decisions that go into decorating the perfect space. 

A simple faux pas can not only set you back, but it can demotivate you from continuing and knock your confidence. Ensure you take on the above tips above, and fully research into every area of decorating before taking on the job!

 

Do you make any of these top interior design mistakes?

 

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Spring Decorating Ideas

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Spring is here and it is time to start thinking of spring decorating ideas to incorporate into our home. It feels good to actually have a spring weather this year. This time last year, the weather was so warm, it didn’t feel like spring at all. It felt like we pretty much skipped spring and went straight to summer. So this weather is good. The only thing I don’t like about this time of the year is Hay Fever. It’s been hard for me, and I have started struggling already. I do have my prescription medicines I take for my Hay Fever and they help. I just need to remember to take them first thing in the morning to get me through the day.

Hay Fever aside, this weather is good. It has got me thinking of new ways to decorate our home. I have been busy on Pinterest looking at various ways of adding some spring into our living spaces and I am feeling really inspired. Spring is all about being bold and vibrant, and channeling that vibrant and bright colours into my home is the goal this season.

Here are 2 spring decorating ideas for you –

 

Adding some spring flowers or indoor plants

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Flowers have the power to change the look of a room instantly. They are a cheaper of beautifying a room, which is why they are so popular. I like having flowers at home, especially in the spring/summer months. Flowers make the home look more colourful and in tune with the season. If you are after some spring decoration ideas, and you are short on budget or space to play around with, try changing the flower arrangement in your home. Adding some fresh flowers will instantly wake up any room.

If indoor plants are more of your thing, then go for them! Finding the best spot to place your plants can be tricky but once you do, half the job is done.

 

Mix and match pattens and make the most of your home

Mixing and matching various patterns is another way to incorporate spring into your home. Having a combination of different patterns is important in having the spring feel in your home. All you need to remember with this tip is to ensure the colour palette remains the same tonally. So you can keep the same level of brightness or softness, so the look is balanced, with nothing standing out.

This is a great tip for those who are short of space and want to switch things up with their interior decor. We are slowly outgrowing our town house, and if I had my way, we would move into a bigger house, in the same location. If I could wish a bigger house on the same plot, I would because I love the area we live in and I hate moving. The whole idea of moving house scares me. I know there are many home moving companies available now that can take the stress out of moving, which is great to know they are available for when we do need them. A very good moving company, I have recently come across is Matco – Calgary long distance movers.  So I know there are loads of options available everywhere and for every budget. 

 

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Like most things, when it comes to interior decor, the most important thing is what works for your and your home. Don’t get plants just because it is a trend, if you can’t take care of them. Decorating your home with bright and vibrant colours would do you no good if you don’t like colours like that. It is good to know what trends are in vogue so you can pick and choose which you like. That way you create a living space that works for you and yours.

Thanks for reading. Have a great day.

Top 6 Interior Design Trends for Winter

It’s just like yesterday when we were basking in the sun and enjoying the summer. Now winter is just round the corner and we’re starting to miss the warmth. If you’re like me, this is the time I give my home a facelift.

This winter, there are some popular trends in interior design that are worth giving a try. The good news is that it’s super easy to adopt these winter trends in your own home.

 

 

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Here are top 6 interior design trends for winter.

 

  1. Warmer colours

Interior designers use the power of colours to change the overall mood of a room. This may seem like a very simple trick but it’s extremely effective. Colours have a way of introducing a new vibe in the room.

Summer is associated with warm colours. Incorporating such colours in your interior décor can give your home the needed cheery summery feel.

Opt for warmer tones like red, orange, and plum. A simple lick of paint with those warm tones can do wonders to your home. To switch things up a bit, you can get furniture or decorative items in those colours to give the room the needed warmth of summer.

 

  1. Floral details

Another interior design trend that promises to be a big hit this winter is floral details. Large floral prints in deeper shades are a favourite this season. Combining throw pillows and curtains with such patterns and shades preserves the summer vibe into your home despite the cold of winter.

 

  1. Metallic touch

Without a doubt there has been a predominance of metallic finishes in interior design this season and this winter will not be an exception. The metallic touch gives your home a modern feel. But to incorporate the warmth that is predominant in this season’s interior designs you can add metals of gold, bronze and rose gold tones. Such metals can be seen on decorative items.

 

  1. Luxurious velvet

It’s interesting to know how far velvet has come in being one of the most desired fabrics in interior décor. Often associated with wealth, class and luxury, velvet is one trend that you’ll see this winter.

Aside from its luxurious air, velvet gives the impression of warmth and coziness that is deeply desired during the winter months. Adding some velvet to your room will usher in that strong presence of warmth. You can incorporate velvet in so many ways like having a couple of velvet cushions or furniture with velvet upholstery.

 

  1. Mix of texture

This winter there a mix of textures that will be the order of the day in interior décor. A variety of textures like embroidery, knits and tassels will show up in cushions, curtains and carpets, while intricate wooden designs will feature in home accessories.  This mash of textures will create that cozy feel perfect for the winter. To create this vibe, play around with textures.

 

  1. Crystalline appeal

With winter comes a gloom but that doesn’t mean that your home should be that way. Hence, this winter there’ll be a lot of glass and crystalline items in interior designs. The glass brings the light that will brighten your home and give it cheer as well as keep it very modern.

You can incorporate glass and crystal pieces to your home with hand-blown glass lampshades and other glass fittings and accessories.

 

What interior design trends are you excited about this winter?

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