Planning or just thinking about redecorating your home, apartment or just one room?
Doing your homework, exercising a little caution and giving your plan a great deal
of thought, combined with a sensible decorating budget, can help you avoid the ten
scariest interior decorating blunders.
1. Bad Lighting. Not taking into consideration the function of a room and
choosing the wrong lighting can ruin the ambiance. Poor lighting can cause eye strain
and stress. Task lighting works in conjunction with overall room lighting, including
pot lights, ceiling fixtures, pendants and under cabinet valance lighting. Task
lighting can help avoid shadows on the work surface which can occur with the use
of overhead lights. Sitting and reading areas require soft ambient light from incandescent
table and floor lamps.
2. Mismatched Finishes. Coordinate your metal finishes for a polished professional
look. Most manufacturers offers similar product finishes. Take into consideration
matching the faucets, shower head, towel bars, shower doors and door pulls for the
bath. In the kitchen coordinate your faucets, cabinet hardware, accents on appliances,
and sink if applicable. Coordinate the finishes on the door handles, knobs and keyed
entry sets with your finishes throughout the house.
3. Matching furniture. Matchy matchy furniture is spooky and reminds me of
sets from old movies; you pull the cobweb covered sheets off and every piece is
the same style. With so much more choice in the market, there is no reason for your
rooms to be dull and boring. Use your creative flair to mold your space to your
individual style. Have fun with pattern.
4. Three foot problem. By this I mean filling a room with all your furniture
at the same height. Most furniture is about three feet high. Using the high and
low code makes for a balanced and interesting room. Tall bookcases, armoires, floor
lamps, plants and window treatments combined with low floor pots, benches, and area
rugs keeps the eye moving. Finish off with artwork, framed photos and interesting
coffee table arrangements to create visual depth.
5. Poor window coverings. Nothing is worse than skimpy window treatments.
You wouldn't leave your house wearing a dress that barely covered your middle -
would you? Draperies should stack back off the window glass so as not to minimize
the amount of light that enters the room. Curtain rods should be hung at least four
inches above the window frame (in many cases at the ceiling) and extend at least
six to eight inches off each side of the window casing. It doesn't cost a lot more
to get the right size rod and maximize your view and enhance the beauty of your
draperies. If some is good, more is better; don't leave your drapes too short like
your old flood pants. Draperies are best left one half inch off the floor for ease
6. Accessory overkill. I remember being terrified by Alfred Hitchcock's movie
The Birds. If you really like birds, that okay, but you don't necessarily
have to put them on everything. Not every pillow, or picture or nick nack has to
be a bird. Be selective and group your collections for greater impact. Mix them
with different materials that relate to your collection. Vary the height by using
books and boxes to add interest. Change your accessories with the seasons and remember
NOT every table and surface has to have something on it! Be selective.
7. Not formulating a budget (Very scary). If only our dreams and wishes met
our budgets. Hiring a professional whose expertise can help you formulate a plan
and a realistic budget with quality and value in mind, will save you a lot of stress
and confusion. Their experience and knowledge of products, pricing and their network
of reliable trades is indispensable. They can help keep the wind in your decorating
sails and not deflate your dream bubble.
9. Same wood tone. There are so many beautiful woods and wood finishes in
this world, why would you limit your home to just one? Mixing painted pieces and
differing wood tones can offer a very diverse, rich and eclectic feel. Differing
sheens such as satin, high gloss, painted, antiqued and mirrored gives a dimensional
10. Using every design idea. This requires a lot of self control and
getting to know your taste and define your style. Don't get confused and be tempted
to copy your friends kitchen backsplash, or buy the fabric your sister used - just
because it's on sale, or purchase the chandelier you saw that worked so well in
a room in a magazine. Combining too many elements and components of differing styles
is just overwhelming. Do your best to define how you use the space in your home
and what problems or challenges you hope to solve. A good designer can help provide
ideas and help you define the environment you are striving to achieve.
Have you been guilty of any one of these blunders??
If you are in need of in giving your home a fresh new look be sure to contact
Debra Rigby Design - a full service design firm that can help you define