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Interior Design Mistakes To Avoid - Even Professionals Make Mistakes

Aug 18, 2007
You don't have to be a professional decorator to design a comfortable and appealing room. After all, you know what you like and don't like, better than anyone else, so you really are the first and best choice, of decorator for your own space.

There are a few common mistakes to avoid, however, when designing a new living space:

Bland color schemes.
-Lining furniture around the walls.
-Failing to repeat colors and fabrics throughout the room.
-Buying the wrong furniture.
-Placing pictures too high on the walls.
-Mish-mashed collectibles.
-Dead plants.

The most important thing to remember when redesigning a room is to purchase the right furniture. Too much furniture or pieces that are too big and overpowering can all make a room look and feel much smaller than it is. Sure, purchasing matching sets is nice, if the room size can handle it. Otherwise opt for a select few pieces to enhance the space, not take it over.

Once you've selected your furniture, you have to figure out the best way to place it in the room. Avoid lining everything up against the wall. Although keeping good traffic flow is important, bringing the furniture away from the walls, and pulling it together can crate a cozy and intimate seating area that is both pleasing to the eye and more comfortable for conversation.

When hanging artwork, remember this rule of thumb: position the center of the piece 5 to 5 and a half feet from the floor (even if you have a cathedral ceiling). Less is always more when it comes to artwork. Showcase the prints you have, don't hide them amidst the clutter of too much to look at.

Color is a wonderful way to set specific mood within a room. And don't be fooled by the thought that leaving your walls white will make the room look larger - it won't. Go for bold. Deep colors can make a dramatic effect and help enhance all of your decor.

Replace old and outdated knick-knacks and collectibles. Get rid of dead (or dying) plants and remember to update your decor with a few new decorative or trendier items.

Lastly, make sure that your lighting is appropriate for the room setting. You can't have too many lights. Remember to install general lighting; task lighting and accent lighting to meet all of your needs.

Now that you know the most common decorating mistakes to avoid, get out there and have some fun!
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