So, you’ve got the keys to your new place; you turn the knob, and voila! There it is, in all it’s…empty glory. What now?
Whether you are decorating an office, living room, or entire home, the excitement of making a space yours can wear off a little with the task of decorating. Making choices for interior design is a pretty big deal. It is important to make decisions that leave lasting feelings of comfort and beauty.
To help you avoid trial-and-error mistakes that end up taking up time, energy, and money, here are some helpful tips that advise you what not to do.
1. Do not underestimate the power of a budget
Shopping for your home without a budget in mind can be dangerous. You may overspend on an item, leaving other important design aspects like art and accessories lacking. Once you have a plan and shopping list, inform yourself of decor deals in shops or online. This will open up options and help your money go a long way.
2. Hold off on the paint brush (or wallpaper)
Painting walls is a quick way to transform your space. But, doing so without taking into account fabric on furniture can be a bad idea. Matching paint to fabric is much simpler than the other way around.
3. Don’t wing it
Decorating that is cost effective and results in a cohesive beautiful space is one that is planned. Being able to identify your style, color preferences, and needs for the space can direct your design plan.
Does this sound a bit overwhelming? It can be easier than you think with new technology like virtual design. With virtual interior design, a lot of money can be saved since online designers know where to find the best deals and eliminate the trial-and-error mistakes. Decorilla does this well with their easy, online process.
4. Size matters; don’t ignore it
Space is the biggest indicator of design choices. This is where scale and proportion are emphasized. Having too many items of furniture or accessories can make a room feel too busy and small. Similarly, large, open spaces demand a bold statement piece or two. Striking the perfect balance of home decor items is key. Drafting a floor plan with layout options can really help in this area. Programs such as Floorplanner.com can assist you in creating quick and simple plans.
5. Leaving nature out
A space comes to life with a little life in it. Plants, vased flowers, driftwood, or a bowl of bright nectarines add natural elements that enhance the vitality of a room. Plus, it’s naturally is beautiful!
6. If you don’t like it, ditch it!
Is that old college poster not doing it for you any longer? Does that heirloom piece not suit your style? Part of effective interior design is being able to make some solid, definite choices. If you own something you don’t like, just let it go-donate, re-gift, or recycle it into something creative and new. Having unloved pieces only distract you from creating your dream space.
7. Don’t under-plan wall hanging
When it comes to hanging artwork, there are a few things to consider. Hanging a piece on every wallspace at similar height is dull; varying heights add interest. Careful not to hang artwork too high resulting in a strange floating look. And, remember to leave some space for the eye to rest; you don’t have to cover every wall surface. Check out Elle Decor’s how-to basics for more on hanging art.
Written by Christine Martin, Decorilla’s design expert.
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