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Thought the plague was left in 16th Century London? Make these home decor mistakes and it could be dwelling in your home…
Here’s the home decor mistakes that you need to avoid like the plague.
1.Decorating Each Room As A Separate Entity
Imagine you’re walking into a home and are welcomed by a stunning bohemian-chic living room. You turn the corridor and see a 1920s style chandelier and shabby chic furniture. You walk into the bedroom and see a clean white space with a few modern cream furniture pieces. Confused yet?
Long story short, it’s important to imagine your home as one large book with many chapters. Although each chapter may vary slightly and build on the previous chapter, the overriding themes, characters and narrative voice remain the same.
Decide on an overriding theme, style, or vibe you want for your entire home, then build on this through the different rooms.
Decorate each room randomly and you’re left with a jumbled jigsaw puzzle that doesn’t quite fit together.
If you can’t decide on a home decor theme, check out our handy guide.
The home below has carried the neutral farmhouse theme through various rooms beautifully:
(Photo source: thriftyandchic.com)
2. Scrimping On The Details
When you’ve splurged on a large item, it can be tempting to go for the cheapest possible option when it comes to the smaller details. For example, combining $600 curtains with cheap plastic rods, or finishing off your new kitchen cupboards with cheap hardware.
Although you may think the small details go unnoticed, they will make the larger and more expensive pieces seem cheap and nasty.
On the other hand, a quick way to improve your home is by updating small details such as hardware, door knobs, taps and curtain rods.
Imagine how much this stunning marble kitchen would be ruined by cheap hardware…
(Photo source: maisondepax.com)
3. Wrong Rug Sizes
Pea sized rugs under sofas look utterly ridiculous. On the other hand, there’s nothing worse than a rug that is so huge it swallows up a whole room! A rug may be a relatively cheap decor piece, but choosing the wrong one is one of the most common decor mistakes out there!
If using a rug under a piece of furniture, opt for a rug that is larger than the piece itself. The rug should create an adequate frame around the furniture piece.
A perfect example is this bathroom rug below, which fits perfectly in the space between the bath and sink.
(Photo source: brepurposed.com)
Get The Look
Our bohemian print table runners make great decorative rugs for those areas that need that little something extra.
4. Not Taking Location Into Consideration
A beach style home is going to look ridiculous in the middle of Manhattan. On the contrary, a farm style house is going to look ridiculous decked out like an industrial city pad.
Take your location into consideration and draw inspiration from this.
5. Too Match-y
Although we previously stated to run your theme throughout the whole home, it’s important that your home isn’t too match-y.
Rather than waffling on, we’ll let this photo do the talking:
(Photo source: hgtv.com)
Too much of one color, print or texture can be a serious eye soar.
Instead, add a varied palette, accent pieces and different textures to create an eclectic and welcoming look.
Our printed pillow covers are a fantastic way to add variation to any room.
6. No Prints
Scandinavian minimalism may still be all the rage, but you can still nail this home decor trend with a few prints here and there.
Lack of prints will look boring, clinical and cold. And who wants that?
Here’s a wonderful example of how you can keep your decor minimal but still embrace prints:
(Photo source: liliinwonderland.fr)
Get The Look
7. All Furniture At The Same Height
Some may think that furniture of the same height together is the way to go. On the contrary, it’s one of the biggest home decor mistakes out there! Furniture on one plane of vision looks flat and an make a room look smaller than it actually is.
Here’s a fantastic example of using different sized furniture to add interest:
(Photo source: bloglovin.com)
8. Bad Lighting
Even the most Pinterest-worthy room can be totally ruined by bad lighting. Avoid lighting that is insufficient, overly yellow or sickly.
Clutter is literally the home decor devil!
Although many home owners think of clutter as ‘mess’, clutter can come in more organized forms. Common unsightly clutter includes too many ornaments or decorations, an overkill of photo frames, or simply too much furniture.
Stand back and assess each room and consider if there is enough clean space to keep it chic and tidy.
If you can’t bear to part with anything go by the old mantra ‘out of sight, out of mind’. Check out our hidden storage space ideas.
(Photo source: apartmenttheraphy.com)
Are you guilty of any of these home decor mistakes? Shop our range of on-trend Indian decor pieces to give your home an on-trend makeover today.