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Interior Decorating Mistakes to Avoid, Part 3: Thinking “Too Far” Outside of the Box

In parts one and two of this series, we discussed impulse buying, focal points, colour schemes, and more. In part three, we focus on the tendency to be too straight-laced or too “out there.” While thinking outside the box and colouring inside the lines are great, sometimes it is better to find a happy medium. Get creative and do your own thing, but be sure to take overall aesthetics into consideration as well.

Following All the Latest Trends

Trying to keep up with the latest trends can be exhausting, not to mention expensive. You decorate a room (or your entire condo, for that matter) to match current trends, only to discover that they have gone out of style by the time you are done. Then you have to start all over again. Instead, focus more on your own personal traits and interests. Design your condo to reflect your culture and heritage, choose styles that you truly enjoy, or incorporate your personal interests into a neutral design. If you enjoy reading, for instance, consider putting a quote from your favourite book on the wall. You can also frame photos of your favourite authors and hang them on the walls as well. Create a timeless look that incorporates your interests. Then, you can keep up with trend in smaller ways that can be easily changed as needed.


This design would have been a hit in the 80s but not so much today. Likewise, today’s trends will soon fade into obscurity.



Thinking Too Far Outside the Box

While thinking outside the box is a great idea and can lead to some uniquely wonderful pieces that spark conversation, some pieces just leave us scratching our heads. Artistic furniture, unique pieces from around the world, and interesting artworks from your favourite local artist are excellent ways to add a touch of whimsy to your home. However, if you skew too far in that direction, you may end up more eccentric than whimsical. An aquarium table, for instance, is an interesting piece that allows you to have the fish you want in limited space. It is also a quirky piece that gets people talking. An aquarium toilet, on the other hand, is too out there, and the only thing your guests are likely to ask is, “Why?”


Being Too Gender-Specific

Some men love their bachelor pads and man caves, just as some women love their floral arrangements and decorative throws. While this can work wonderfully when you are living alone, it may not always be the case. If you are living with others (or plan to in the near future), then you may want to focus more on gender-neutral décor that everyone can enjoy. If you are decorating the kids’ rooms, then use neutral décor and their own personal favourite colours. Not all girls like pink, and not all boys like blue.

Auberge on the Park-Tridel


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