Home decor mis­takes to avoid

Lesotho Times - - Property -

DON’T let clut­ter, un­com­fort­able fur­ni­ture, money or time re­stric­tions keep you from reach­ing your dé­cor goals this year. To cre­ate a fash­ion­able, well-ar­ranged and well-lit home, avoid these 10 home dé­cor pit­falls. De­an­dra Solomon from De­sign House In­te­ri­ors shares some tips… 1. Let­ting the clut­ter build up There is noth­ing worse than hav­ing a clut­tered space. When it comes to dec­o­rat­ing your home, less is more. De­an­dra says you have far greater chance of achiev­ing your ul­ti­mate look if you stick to this rule.

She says not ev­ery nook and cranny needs to have a piece of fur­ni­ture. Of­ten, it is the clean and open spa­ces that make more of an im­pact. 2. Mak­ing sure that things match Ac­cord­ing to De­an­dra, some of the most beau­ti­ful spa­ces are cre­ated by us­ing a mix­ture of colours, tex­tures and pat­terns. “Opt­ing for a se­lec­tion of neu­tral tones is a great and safe way to ex­per­i­ment with this. I mean, when don’t grey, white and black look good to­gether?” 3. Push­ing fur­ni­ture against the wall Fur­ni­ture ar­range­ment is one of the key as­pects of cre­at­ing an amaz­ing space. De­an­dra says she of­ten sees peo­ple plas­ter­ing the couch against the wall and plac­ing chairs too far apart. An­other com­mon mis­take is the cre­ation of large empty spa­ces or small cramped rooms.

The guid­ing fac­tor here should be prac­ti­cal­ity and in­ti­macy, she says. 4. Buy­ing un­com­fort­able fur­ni­ture It’s beau­ti­ful, but oh-so-un­com­fort­able. De­an­dra says the ba­sic rule is no mat­ter how good­look­ing some­thing is, if you can’t sit, walk or re­lax on it, it’s not for you. 5. Ne­glect­ing light­ing Hav­ing bright lights around the house is a com­mon mis­take that peo­ple make. It is important to cre­ate the right am­biance in your space by choos­ing the right light­ing. “I sug­gest us­ing dim­mer switches and soft light­ing through­out your home to give it that cosy and re­lax­ing feel.” 6. Buy­ing cheap fur­nish­ings When de­cid­ing who is go­ing to make your fur­ni­ture or redo your kitchen, it is true that go­ing with the cheaper op­tion can some­times end up cost­ing you dou­ble.

De­an­dra says the best peo­ple in the in­dus­try are the best for a rea­son. Yes, they come at a cost, but they will end up sav­ing you time and money in the long run. 7. Us­ing dar­ing colours on key pieces Ac­cord­ing to De­an­dra, choos­ing a bright pur­ple fab­ric to cover your couch prob­a­bly isn’t the best idea. She says bold colours work far bet­ter on ac­cent pieces as op­posed to fea­ture pieces.

If you are think­ing of bright­en­ing up a room, rather achieve it through the use of scat­ter cush­ions and other ac­ces­sories. By do­ing this, you won’t get tired of the colour in two months, and if you do, you can eas­ily change it out with other ac­ces­sories and em­bel­lish­ments. It’s an easy way of achiev­ing that ‘wow fac­tor’. 8. Do­ing too much, too quickly It’s easy to lose fo­cus while you’re dec­o­rat­ing your home. Cre­at­ing a step-by-step plan will help you avoid get­ting side tracked or over­whelmed by the project at hand.

Re­mem­ber, peo­ple spend their lives re­dec­o­rat­ing their homes, so there is no rush. De­an­dra says choose one space and com­plete it be­fore mov­ing onto the next one. 9. Ig­nor­ing scale Fur­ni­ture can be too small or too big for a space. De­an­dra says it is there­fore important to take into ac­count the size and scale of the room.

She says the right fur­ni­ture can make a small room look big­ger and make a large room feel cosier. 10. Be­ing bul­lied into tak­ing dec­o­rat­ing ad­vice De­an­dra says your home should re­flect who you are. She says don’t let any­one im­pose their taste and style on you be­cause at the end of the day, you have to live with it.

Should you need help, rather em­ploy the ex­per­tise of a dec­o­ra­tor. — Prop­erty

Fur­ni­ture ar­range­ment is one of the key as­pects of cre­at­ing an amaz­ing space.

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