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The Most Common Design Mistakes

Updated: Nov 12, 2020

Decorating a home can be challenging. Between choosing the right furniture, paint colors, decor, rugs, and lighting, there are a million decisions to make, and getting it all to flow together seamlessly is a big challenge.

We know this better than anyone, and today we want to share some typical home decor faux pas. Fixing any of these issues can significantly improve a room! Here are a few of the most common design mistakes:

Using incorrect lighting.

One of the most important aspects of a space is the lighting. Lighting can quickly set the tone of a space. Going too bright or too dim can be ruin all of the hard work you’ve put into the room. We like to pair warmer light with earthier tones and lights that are whiter and brighter with rooms that are bolder and have more metals in them. Be sure to compare your lighting with the natural light that flows in. If the room doesn’t get much natural light be sure to account for the number of lighting fixtures you will need.

Pushing furniture up against the walls.

You would think that pushing the furniture up against walls would create more space in a room, but it doesn’t! A few floating pieces can actually make a room feel more spacious and provide a more functional flow. Furniture should be grouped around a focal point and tied together with pillows and a rug. In bigger rooms, furniture can be used to section parts of the room off into multiple areas.

Adding too much stuff.

While more can sometimes be more, we also want to allow our spaces to be breathable. Having too many items in a room can distract from the feel or focal point. Aim for more well thought out pieces over a lot of items.

Being afraid of color

We all love a good minimalist or white room, but pops of color can also be really fun! You shouldn’t feel too intimidated by fun tones. Not every room needs to be a bold statement, but color can be transformative.

Matching things too perfectly

Another common design mistake is thinking everything in a room needs to match perfectly. Examples of this include matching furniture in a room, identical rugs in a space, or the same finishes throughout a house. Matching items can tend to fall flat in a space. Strive to find items that complement each other and seek balance over symmetry. Mixing metals, patterns, and textures are much more appealing to the eye.

Adding rugs that are too small.

Adding a rug that is too small for your furniture can make your room feel too small. Rugs should be wider than the width of your furniture, so that it serves as a base. If you have already added a rug to a space that you love, but it’s too small, don’t worry! Layer the rug with another underneath. A simple jute rug works great as a layering rug.

Know of any other common design mistakes? We'd love to hear! Send us a message or leave a comment below. Happy Sunday!

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