Updated: Nov 1
Avoid some typical home decorating blunders.
The last thing any homeowner wants is to put all their effort and expense into interior design, only to find out it doesn’t work. Before any regrettable decisions, here are the fundamental Do’s and Don’ts for the wary decorator within.
Everything starts with the house and its architecture. You can’t force decor to work if it doesn’t go with the design of the house. First and foremost, consider the colours and contours of the room. Picture how you would like to accent the room’s character rather than simply filling it.
If you start with furniture in mind, you’ll be setting yourself up for regret. It’s like skipping a step or ignoring the biggest factor of designing a house: the house itself.
Make a mood board. (Pinterest was my favourite go-to place). Now that you understand the room, consider how you want to fill it. Even if you already have it pictured, plan it out properly, rather than simply winging it. Put the ideas together alongside a colour board and add your own personal style and taste.
What you want to avoid is immediately filling up the room with various pieces simply because you like them, or they come as a set. Choose quality over quantity and avoid clutter and dissonance between pieces. Like a good book, always aim for your room to tell a story, and not be simply filled with too many confusing words.
With the mood, and the colours ready, pick out a centrepiece. For example, the bedroom has a bed, while the dining room has a dining table. Everything else should be accents to this and built around its character. This will allow you to utilize the space you have and provide breathing room around the primary functions.