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5 Common Interior Design Mistakes

Aug 5, 2008
Making interior design decisions in your home are often overwhelming and stressful. There are several mistakes that many homeowners make that can be avoided with just a little thought and planning. What are the mistakes that you should refrain from making when decorating your home?

Mistake #1 - Putting too much or too large furniture into a room.

Too much furniture in a room or extra large furniture in a small room can make the room look cluttered or even smaller. Purchase furniture with the room in mind to make sure that it goes with the size of the room, as well as your needs. When placing furniture in your room, be sure that you allow enough room to breathe. This can make a big difference in how a room feels to both your family and your friends.

Mistake #2 - Not having enough lighting.

Lighting is an important component of any room. A bright and lit room can add ambience and a feeling of welcomeness like nothing else. Whether you add lamps, track lighting, or overhead light fixtures, you want to be sure that your room is well lit and inviting.

Mistake #3 - Not making the room's design feel cohesive.

Repeat the colors throughout the room to make the whole design of the room flow and come together. Choose a color from the sofa or pillows on the couch to use on your windows or if you like your curtains, use a color from them to add color to the couch or buy a vase in the same color. By choosing colors from existing pieces in your home and buying accessories in these colors, you can bring the entire design of the room together.

Mistake #4 - Hanging pictures and mirrors too high.

Most homeowners hang their pictures too high on the walls. You want them to be at eye level, so that they can become part of the design space. The center of the art should be 5 to 5-1/2 feet from the floor, so that they will be at the right height. Showcase your art and special pieces by hanging them at a level where they will become a focal point on your walls.

Mistake #5 - Being afraid of color.

There are many homeowners who choose to leave their walls a neutral tan, cream or white color, simply because they are afraid to choose a color. This is a big mistake, as color can add quite a bit of personality and style to a room. To choose a color that you like, find curtains, a pillow, or other accessory that you like and choose a color from it. By choosing a color from a piece that you like, you are almost assured of having a wall color that you will like.

Interior design does not have to be overwhelming or stressful. By making sure that you don't make the same common mistakes that other homeowners make, you can make better design decisions to make your home into that relaxing and beautiful space that you want and deserve.
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