Do you wish your home's interior could look like it's straight out of a magazine? If so, then you might want to consider hiring an interior decorator. Of course, not everybody has it in their budget to hire a professional interior decorator, but the good news is that with enough guidance, you can pull off an amazing look in your home. Specifically, there are a few beginner's design mistakes you'll want to avoid when decorating any space in your own home.
Choosing an Area Rug That's Too Small
Area rugs can be a great way to add interest to any sized space while also protecting your flooring from potential damage. However, you'll want to avoid choosing an area rug that's too small for the space. An area rug should be large enough to contain a furniture grouping, such as a table and chairs or a loveseat and coffee table.
Skimping on Window Treatments
When you buy window treatments, such as curtains, don't just buy treatments that are wide enough to fit the size of the window perfectly. This creates a bare appearance. Instead, create a plush appearance by purchasing curtains that are twice or even three times as wide as your window. This may mean having to buy several panels, but the results will be well worth it.
Worrying Too Much About Matching
One of the most difficult aspects of interior decorating is choosing patterns and colors that complement each other. All too often, homeowners perceive this to mean that all the decor in any given space needs to match, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Choosing decor items that don't perfectly match but that complement each other is the best way to go if you want to avoid dullness.
Placing Furniture Against the Wall
If you have a large enough space to work with, you should generally avoid placing furniture (such as couches and chairs) directly against the wall. Instead, create a conversational grouping in your space by moving furniture a couple feet away from the walls, especially in a living or family room.
Choosing the Wrong Scale Light Fixture
Finally, make sure you're choosing the right lighting fixtures for your space. One common mistake homeowners make is choosing a fixture that's the wrong size for the space. Ideally, a lighting fixture should be a statement piece that the eye is drawn to upon walking into the room.