Design Flaws to Avoid in 2013
Too Many Photos
You're either a photo person or you're not. Photo people feel very sentimental and have a hard time giving up the pictures on their walls and tables. The solution? Photo albums. When you have a lot of photographs of family, friends and trips, organize them properly in photo albums. You can organize albums by decade or event, and then keep them nicely arranged on a bookshelf. Then try to display just a few framed pictures at a time.
Ignoring the Foyer
The foyer is a terrific opportunity to make a statement about who you are and what your house is like. A foyer doesn't have to be something grand — any statement is better than none at all. Use paint to add color and hang a beautiful mirror or painting. A mirror is great because it's reflective, creating the illusion of more space. Use the horizontal surfaces to hold mail and keys when you first walk in.
A home's decor needs to be authentic and provide a sense of where you are. Instead of dressing an entire room with an out-of-place theme, use theme accent pieces. Use accents to incorporate the look you enjoy without being overwhelming. If you have a house in the mountains and love the beach, display a collection of seashells or coral in or on a bookcase instead of designing an entire beach-style room.
Don't let your rooms feel dated by hanging on to older cabinets and especially hardware. Make small changes like switching the hardware on your kitchen or bath cabinets for a big impact.
Some people just don't have an eye for furniture arrangements, so it helps to look at magazines to see what somebody else has done. If you have a sofa with a heavy bottom, don't add a big coffee table. Instead, use something light made of glass or with legs, and add a tall, thin floor lamp to help bring your eye up and make it more dynamic. Be sure to keep your furniture arrangements balanced to the eye.Keeping Something You Hate
One of the biggest decorating mistakes is keeping things you really don't want, like an existing carpet or a gift. When it comes to your home, if you really hate something, just get rid of it — throw it out, give it away or donate it to charity. Drop hints to friends and family about your style to avoid receiving something that doesn't fit.
While there's nothing wrong with a very formal approach to a room, you should still make people feel comfortable in it. If you have the space, use it. Give it a function, make it livable and ensure it's welcoming.
Unsightly clutter and disorganization not only contributes to a stressful life but also ruins the entire look of a space. Invest in stylish storage baskets on a bookcase or shelf to keep small objects in their proper spot, or add an armoire for extra hidden storage.Following Fads
From beanbag chairs to lava lamps, be careful of trends as it's difficult to get rid of those items once the fad is gone, especially furniture. Decorate in a style you'll really like for a long time. Have fun with it, but be ready to recycle it when it goes out of style.
Furniture That Doesn't Fit
Showrooms are much larger than your living room, so when you bring furniture into your home, the scale can be completely wrong. Follow these tips to avoid buying furniture that doesn't fit:
Too Many Color Patterns
If you have too many colors or patterns in a house, it tends to look very busy, crowded and distracting to the eye.Floating Rugs
Floating area rugs are a big mistake people make. Use a measuring tape to create an outline to get a feeling of where you want the rug placed before purchasing the piece. A rug should always be connected to furniture — an anchor for the seating group. For a successful furniture arrangement, place all the front feet of the furniture on the rug.
In any room in the house, you want different types of lighting for various times of the day. Dimmer switches are a great secret weapon — they're cheap, easy to install and give an entire range of control of the mood and feeling of a space. Understand what kind of lighting you want in each space, paying attention to a room's function when determining proper lighting.
Frames Hung Too High
If you have to bend your neck to see your art, then it's hung too high. You generally don't want to be looking up at your artwork, whether sitting or standing. Eye level is always a good height. Look at the top of your door frames and if your pieces are big enough, they should just reach the top of the door frame and go down from there. A good rule of thumb when you're hanging artwork over a sofa is to make sure the bottom edge is about six inches up from the top of the sofa.
Pushed Back Furniture
Get the furniture off the walls and bring it to the center of the room. Sometimes the backs of furniture are beautiful, and a sofa with a console table behind it is a great place for a gorgeous display. Make it communal and create a focal point, which will enlarge the space.Ignoring Windows
Besides paint, window treatments are the easiest and least expensive way to change the look of a room. A good rule of thumb is to hang curtains two inches above the frame of the window. If you have high ceilings, hang them all the way up to the ceiling to make the room seem bigger. For a quick and simple look, add a small, linen Roman shade to block light and add an extra element to the space.
Fear of Color
Many people love color but are too scared to use it. Try a paint color in the room to make sure you like it and that it works with the space. Live with it at various times of the day as a painted wall will appear different in the morning, afternoon and at night. If you don't like it, paint over it. Color is a great punctuation and doesn't have to be overbearing.
If the pillows actually hinder being able to sit on a couch or lie comfortably on a bed, then it's obviously too much. Instead of buying so many pillows, spend your time, energy and money decorating an area of the room you're actually looking at when sitting in bed.
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