Hello Design Lovers!
I hope everyone's enjoying their summer so far. I can't believe it's almost August! Alright so this is a post that I feel is long overdue. I can't tell you how many times I've walked into consultations and see these same decorating mistakes over and over again. I'm a firm believer that knowledge is power! So I'm here to spread some knowledge if you're looking to go that DIY route when it comes to decorating your home that way you can avoid making these common mistakes.
1. Rugs are too small
Nothing drives me more crazy than seeing a small rug whether it be in a living room, dining room, or bedroom. You want your area rug to go under at least the front two legs of your sofa/chair. If you have a sectional with a chaise, I recommend you place your rug all the way under the chaise to at least the front legs of the sectional so the furniture doesn't look out of place. Ideally, if your space allows for it, buy a large enough rug so that all your furniture can sit on top of it. This makes for a more grand feel!
2. Not knowing your design style
It may or may not be obvious to some people, but knowing your design style is crucial. I can't tell you how many times I've walked into client's homes and their spaces are mixed with different design styles from traditional to mid century to industrial...ALL IN ONE ROOM! It's confusing and it's no wonder why nothing makes sense or looks good.
TIP: find inspiration on Pinterest and/or research design styles to get a better understanding.
3. Every piece matches
What I mean by this is when rooms look like they came straight out of a generic furniture store's showroom or catalog. This is bland and lacks personality.
TIP: Choose main pieces and then blend them in with complementing pieces of the same style. It's okay to shop at other retailers and not just an entire collection from one store.
4. Having no design plan
I'm sure there are many people who are completely guilty of this. Make sure you take some time to think about the design of your space instead of making purchases here and there with no direction. Think about what pieces (if any) you want to keep and then make sure when you select new pieces, they all go well together.
5. There's clutter everywhere
When you're thinking about your design plan, keep in mind how the room will get used and what your needs are (such as extra storage to hide everything). It's not practical or realistic to believe your house should look "Instagram ready" at all times. We all have stuff but by having plenty of storage, we can make spaces look less cluttered when everything is put away in it's place.
TIP: Think about baskets, bins, shelves, cabinets, dressers, nightstands with more drawers, and organization cubbies that fit right into cabinets/drawers.