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Interior Decorating Mistakes to Avoid: Part 1 of 3

Interior decorating can be incredibly fun. You have complete control over your home or space, and you can make it all your own. Mix style and sophistication with your own personality and culture. Pick out the perfect colours and patterns, scour through paint samples, and find furnishings and décor that match. Then pull the whole look together with some accent pieces. However, sometimes the excitement of it all causes us to get carried away. The following is a list of interior decorating mistakes that you should avoid as you design the condo of your dreams.

Impulse Buying

Sometimes this works out. Other times… not so much. When you are out shopping or running errands, you may come across a seemingly perfect piece that calls out your name, and you cannot wait to take it home. However, it is best to take a step back, put it on hold, get some measurements, and take a photo of it. When you are at home, look around your home and see if there actually is space for it anywhere or if you can move things around to make room for it. Once you have found a place that works, make sure it will go well with the surrounding décor. While a piece may seem perfect in the store, it may clash horribly with the rest of your condo and turn an otherwise stylish home into an eyesore.

The red sofa blends well with the rest of the decor for a country feel.
The chairs, however, clash and make the room look tacky.


Not Taking Surroundings into Consideration

When you are decorating, you need to make sure that you are taking your surroundings into consideration. Avoid covering air ducts, blocking vents, etc. You also do not want to place a sofa or bed in the wrong spot. While that spot may seem perfect as far as aesthetics goes, it may make you and your guests feel uncomfortable. Placing a bunk bed underneath an air vent, for instance, will make the room far too cold for the person sleeping on the top bunk.

Avoid blocking outlets, fuse boxes, etc. with heavy furnishings. Instead, use decorative outlet covers to make them blend in with your décor. If child safety is a concern, invest in some childproof protectors that plug into the sockets. Anything else that is an eyesore can typically be covered with a painting or something else that is small and easily moved when necessary. Air ducts, however, should not be covered. Otherwise, air flow will be restricted, making your room way too warm. This will cause your air conditioner to work harder to cool your home, which will result in a much higher electric bill.

Not Having a Focal Point

While this is not necessarily a mistake, it does deserve consideration. Having a focal point can give you direction in your interior design and bring your whole look together. Choose one thing that you want to be the center of attention. While most people choose the television, a better choice would be something unique like a large window or a piece of art. Start there and work your way out, creating a design that works well together and draws attention to the focal point.

The focal point of this room is this work of art,
around which the furniture has been arranged.


Continued tomorrow in Part 2.

Auberge on the Park-Tridel


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