Okay don’t hate us, but there are few decorating mistakes out there. We know many are unaware of these common traps – but we wanted to share with you that you should watch out for when working on a new décor project. some people are not aware of. We’re going to break it down for you – and show you how you can achieve the optimal look you’re going for. Avoid fixating on matching furniture Why we stay away from matching furniture. It can make the space look stale or uninspired. It often seems like the easy way out, but it can often lead to a space that lacks personality. Our rule of thumb when it comes to design, is that the room should have some character. We understand the value some may get when you buy a set of furniture, but really at the end of the day you aren’t adding your style or your flair into the décor of your home. We recommend, mixing up your furniture pieces – but to help bring it together, stay within a similar colour palette – and you can also try to keep the pieces you select in relatively the same style. For instance, consider pairing a fabric headboard with wooden nightstands. Mix a clay or cement side table with a metal or wood coffee table. If purchasing new furniture is not in your budget, separate the matching set you already may have into different rooms OR use chalk paint to change up the colours and replace the hardware.
Hanging Art too high won’t fly Another common mistake we see in homes is hanging wall décor such as a mirror, artwork, or photos too high. If an art piece if hung to high, it can throw off the centre of the entire room. Instead, ensure your artwork is near eye level – typically the center of the art piece should be about 57-60 inches off the ground.
Rug sizing Sometimes here is where bigger is better – a mistake we often see is where people choose a rug to be centred in the middle of the room – with furniture positioned off the rug. However, it is ok for the furniture to be on parts of the rug – it brings everything together – so it is ok to have a rug that is larger and a foot or more away from the edge of the walls. Before purchasing a rug – ensure you measure your space and mark where you will be laying your pieces out on the floor.
Don’t let things droop – ie. hanging your curtains too low Hanging curtain to low can make the room look shorter than it really is. Instead ensure you install the curtain rod higher (close to the ceiling) and allow the fabric of the curtain to hit the floor. This will make the room feel and look taller and grander than it really is.
If you are embarking on a new décor or design journey, remember the Olve Design Studio is here to help. Contact us anytime for a chat!
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