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10 Interior Design Mistakes Not to Make when Designing Your New Home (Part Two)

10 Interior Design Mistakes Not to Make when Designing Your New Home (Part Two)

This is part two in our series of design mistakes and solutions. When you are moving to a new home, it is the perfect opportunity to change your designs and make improvements for the better. Sometimes it takes this new start to give you the push to change. We hope you enjoy learning about these common home design mistakes and solutions for these eye sores from the experts. Here are some more common home design eye sores and interior decorating experts’ tips for making that element look better in your new home.

Problem: Too Many Patterns

Too Many Patterns

This is definitely one of the design pitfalls that often happen over time in your home. You end up collecting different things you like and don’t realise that they don’t go together.

Too Many Patterns Solution:

Choose Patterns Wisely

Pick just one pattern and then use solid elements around it. While too many patterns can be confusing and too busy, one bold pattern can bring focus to a piece of furniture or wall. If your pattern is on the wall, solid objects in front of it can be the focus.

Design Problem: Wrong Sized Furniture

Furniture That Doesn't Fit

There are different reasons why your furniture might look wrong in a room. If it is the wrong size, it could be because you tried to make do with the furniture you had when you moved and it doesn’t fit right in the room of your new home. The other problem that often happens with oversized furniture is that you failed to realise how large the furniture pieces were because the showroom is so large.

Oversized Furniture Solutions:

Right Sized Furniture

Buying the right size furniture for your room is tricky. It sounds simple, but can be very complicated. Once all of the elements in your room are put together, there can be an issue with the size being too big or too small. The way to overcome this is to measure everything. Don’t use things that add too much clutter and take your measurements to the furniture store with you. If you are moving your current furniture to your new home, consider ways to make it fit or if your old furniture doesn’t fit in your new home, then consider selling it and buying new pieces that do look right.

Design Problem: All One Colour

Everything Matches

Oftentimes, in an effort to match your designs you can end up with all one colour. Perhaps it is your favourite colour, but that doesn’t mean that your whole room should be that colour!

Monochrome Design Solution:

Colours That Pop

Monochrome design is definitely boring and not a good design. Instead of matching colours and ending up with all one colour, take your favourite colour and make it pop by having it stand out among all the other elements in the room. Take this example where you really get the pink bed frame; it stands out but it doesn’t assault your eye or become an eye sore.

Design Problem: Clutter

Visible Clutter

Clutter is your home design’s enemy. Clutter makes a clean house look messy and even dirty. It also causes you to feel unorganised and clutters the mind. Clutter makes it hard for your brain to let you or your guests relax.

Clutter Solution:

Hidden Storage

When you have a new home, you get to start over with a clean slate. Start with furniture and design elements that bring storage and organisation. As we discussed in part one of this segment, don’t clutter your shelves, rotate out knickknacks and collectables so that you won’t be burdened with clutter.

Design Problem: Uncomfortable Dining Chairs

Uncomfortable Chairs

Everyone should feel comfortable at the dining room table. It is an important element in any home for both your family and guests. Dining together is a special event and should be treated as such. Having uncomfortable chairs inhibits this from happening.

Uncomfortable Dining Chair Solution:

Comfortable Chairs

Of course, buying new dining chairs is a quick solution to ensuring that you can have comfortable chairs for your diners. If buying new chairs isn’t an option, look into covering them or adding cushions based on the design of the chair. Being comfortable while eating is of major importance.

All images photo credit: HGTV.com

 

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