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Design Mistakes to Avoid

Are you finally ready to redecorate? Avoid these common DIY design mistakes so your space looks like it was done by a pro.

Being matchy-matchy 

You’d think that designers would like the word “match” but it usually makes us cringe.We love things to coordinate but having the same fabric on every piece of furniture makes a space look bland and boring. To create visual interest in a space you need multiple layers, textures, colour, and patterns.

Try shopping at several stores instead of buying everything all in one place. Keep your fabric swatches and paint samples with you at all times. You will easily be able to see what works when you lay it all out together. This process can seem tedious but remember, designers spend hours pulling fabrics and options for clients. If you want a room to feel put together, give it the time it deserves.

Poor lighting

Bad lighting in your home can affect the mood dramatically when someone walks in – or more importantly, when you walk in! Dimly lit rooms are common in older homes and simply adding lamps with the correct bulb type can help a room become more inviting. In Newer homes, too many pot lights and overly lit rooms are often problematic. Having Your lights on dimmers allows a lot more flexibility for how the room can be lit at different times of the day.

Too much furniture

A common mistake people make is feeling the need to have more seating and tables for when guests come, but the other 95% of the time their space feels overcrowded. An easy way to fix this is to get rid of the bulky sofas and add benches that can be tucked out of the way, or have ottomans that can live under coffee tables or console tables and pulled out when guests come.

Placing furniture against walls

This problem typically stems from having too much furniture. We also tend to think that spreading the furniture out makes a room feel bigger, but it actually just creates a large,uninviting space. Pulling a few pieces of furniture off the walls helps create a more intimate space. Think about putting a sofa table between a wall and a sofa, with a lamp and some books or keepsakes on it.

Not measuring first

This mistake happens way more than it should. You go to a store and see the perfect painting, or dining set, or even fridge, and you immediately purchase it without knowing how it will fit. Then the delivery crew drops it off and your fridge is two inches too tall for its opening. This starts a chain reaction of problems that could have easily been avoided.

By Trail Appliances 


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