When you walk through the door of your home, what is your first thought? Is it a haven that welcomes you after a long days work, the place where your family spends time together, or perhaps a space to release your inner creativity? For most of us, the design of our home is an important representation of our lives, what we are interested in, and how we wish to socialize. However, it is not always an easy task to make your house a home, with many fabrics, colours, prints, and textures available in the market one can often get lost at to the aesthetic direction and details needed to execute that dream home.
When spending valuable time and money on decorating, always focus on the final result and be aware of easy pitfalls to avoid. Whether it be a total room overhaul or jazzing up an existing space, it is all about having the right tools. Medy Navani, CEO of Design Haus Medy, shares his tips on common design mistakes to avoid to ensure you end up with the perfect home.
No need to recreate a showroom
When visiting a furniture store, immaculately arranged pieces greet you upon entering, and as you continue around the store, the collections stick to a similar colour scheme. Don’t fall into the trap of replicating a store, it is not the best way to ensure your space looks stylish. Rather, go for interesting textures and patterns, be adventurous with colour to keep the space energized. Add accent pieces and mix things up instead of going “by the book.” A simple mix and match do wonders.
Careful of piling on the pillows
Pillows are a cost-effective way to revamp a living room and with a tasteful selection, it can bring a room together. However, do note that having too many pillows on the sofa or bed can actually detract away from the room and make it look uncomfortable. Just remember, when giving your home a makeover, the philosophy of less is more will go a long way.
Don’t choose the paint before the furniture
Always choose your fabrics and furniture before you pick a wall colour. By choosing a wall colour first, it can mean you are quite limited in whatever else goes into the room. It is much easier to match a paint swatch to a sofa than the other way around. It is also a lot cheaper to change a wall colour than it is to replace large items of furniture so find your dream pieces first and then complement them with wall colour.
Be careful of rug placement
Rugs can play an essential role in completing the look of a home and are a unique way to add warmth and character to the interior. However, choosing the wrong rug size can quickly kill the entire aesthetic of a room. A floating rug for a small room is a nice touch to create a feeling of space, but in a large area, it will look out of place. If you choose to have a rug, make sure it works within your parameters, and remember sometimes having a bare floor is actually a chic option.
Displaying art correctly
An easy way to add colour and dimension to a lackluster room is to display artwork. Art should make your home feel personal and intimate and the pieces should complement the furniture and design within the space. Be careful not to turn your home into a museum or position art in an area that over dominates. You want art to accent your place without overpowering.
It’s all in the detail
A house becomes a home through the details, with personal photos, ornaments from countries traveled, and memorable trinkets scattered throughout. Having these sentimental pieces displayed are a lovely touch to create a welcoming and personal space. Decide what pieces work best with each room and choose a select few to put in common areas. Everything else should find a place in the private rooms of your home, such as the bedroom or office. Be careful not to place every decorative item you own for everyone to see as it creates clutter, leading to the feeling of disorganization and inconsistency.