Saturday, September 12, 2009

The 10 Most Common Decorating Mistakes...

In my years of training in Interior Design I've learned the do's and don'ts of spaceplanning and decorating. Now let me tell you first off, Interior Design and Decorating are not the same. Look it up and you will see, but anyways I wanted to give you all some decorating tips. I know you all may struggle or get stuck when it comes to decorating your space. But really simple and once you grasp these 10 tips that I give to you it will become a breeze for you. You will probably want to refer to these guidelines time and again through your redecorating project. Here are the mistakes to look out for, and my suggestions for correcting them:

1. Not defining your priorities
Determine your needs and budget, based on whether you own or rent and who lives in your home.

2. An uncomfortable conversation area
Can people sit and face one another when chatting? Do they have to raise their voices to be heard? Create the ideal, a U-shaped conversation area, and avoid the least comfortble, the L-shaped configuration.

3. Poor furniture placement
Avoid placing furniture up against the wall. But make sure you can walk through the room unobstructed by furniture.

4. A room that is off balance
Always consider the height and size of furnishings. Avoid having all heavy or tall pieces on one side of the room. For example, you can balance an amoire on one side of the room with an indoor tree diagonally across from it on the other side.

5. Furniture of different heights
Try to keep your upholstered pieces at one height, and hang your art appoximately the same level, to prevent a visual " roller coaster."

6. A room that lacks a cohesive look
 Using pairs of chairs, lamps, etc. is the fastest way to give any room a pulled together look.

7. Ignoring the rooms focal point
A fire place, a window with a view, a large painting, or a grouping of smaller paintings are all eye-catchiing, and each can serve as a focal point. Once you have established what the focal point is, play it up.

8. Improper use of artwork
Hang all your art 3 inches lower than you think it should be, instead of at "eye level" (trust me it works!, and leave one wall blank in every room to give the eyes a place to rest.

9. Ineffective use of accessories
Keep collections together. Rotate your accessories seasonally. Less is more when it comes to knickknacks.

10. Using lighting incorrectly
Be sure that each a room has both general illumination and task lighting, and that your art and accessories have accent lighting whenever possible.

1 comment:

  1. Wow you definitely have a knack for interior design. I think you're well on your way to achieving that goal by displaying your sheer expertise. Great advice here.

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