Many of us think that interior design is easy. A simple case of choosing colours and fabrics for your home. This is isn’t particularly true, in fact successful interior design takes a keen eye.
Whilst there are plenty of things in stores that you may see and love, they may not necessarily fit in with the rest of your home.
A professional interior designers knows how to look at colour, lighting, room size, scale and placement, all to make sure that a room looks as beautiful as it can.
This blog is going to look at the biggest interior design mistakes that people can make and how you can fix them.
Not using scale
A common mistake is using things that are all the same scale in one room. You may think that a small sofa, a small table and a small lamp is going to look great, but a great way to add interest to the space is to use scale.
Think of a city landscape, all the different heights and shapes. This creates texture and something great to look at. Avoiding your room ending up like one hot mess!
Stuffing a room
Scale is also important when it comes to larger items. Placing too many large and bulky items in one room can lead to looking stuffed and even smaller than it is. Mixing up different sizes means that a room won’t be too packed.
Making rash purchases
We all know the feeling of seeing something that we just need to buy there and then. Whilst this may work with clothes or other purchases, with furniture and homewares, this may not be the right approach to take.
You need to plan in enough time to make sure that the accessory works perfectly within the room. Not only the style, but the colour and size too.
If you see something that you really want, head home and see if you think it will work. Chances are that it will be there later, or you can order it online.
Not making a focal point
Every single room needs a focal point, it is a place that the eye rests and assigns the room a function. A larger space can have more than one focal point, but the vital thing to remember is that every room should have at least one.
This could be something as simple as the TV on a TV unit, or perhaps a rather impressive dining room table, or a large piece of wall art that draws attention to a feature wall.
Keeping things that you don’t particularly like
We all love getting gifts, or things being passed down to us from people that we care about. But sometimes these objects become a bit of a guilt trip and we end up hanging onto things that are not particularly our style.
Don’t feel that you have to keep these guilty objects. Instead, find a new purpose for it. Perhaps passing it along to someone who will get the use out of it!
These are just some of the things that you can do to make sure that a home is as perfect as you want it to be.
Ultimately, it should be a reflection of your personality and your own personal sense of style.
I’m Alicia Zimnickas founder of AZ INTERIORS. I'm interior designer and artist. On AZ INTERIORS blog, I share decorating ideas, interesting and inspiring interiors, interior design trends, beautiful objects and places - those worth mentioning. Welcome to my creative world.