So here we go, the top 10:
1. Hocus, Pocus Where is The Focus?
If your room has no focus then it’s missing a very important ingredient of good design. Every room needs to have a ‘focal point’ and if one does not already exist then you have to create one. In rooms that have a fireplace or a large picture window, the focus is obvious. But in rooms where there is no special architectural detail and no particular focal point, it helps to introduce a large piece of colourful artwork, a beautifully framed mirror or other interesting item that will draw the eye to it. If you are guilty of leaving a big blank wall as the focus of your room then you have made a serious mistake and you need to run out immediately and find something fabulous to put there.
2. Going All Matchy-matchy
If you are asking yourself ‘what does this mean?’ then you may suffer from this problem. And that’s why it made the list. Most people who make this mistake don’t realize that it’s a mistake at all. It seems easy enough. You buy everything in one place and it’s all ‘guaranteed’ to work together. Unfortunately this can easily turn your space into a ‘one-trick’ decorating disaster. Don’t be fooled into buying every piece of that living room furniture in the large floral print. Instead go for two pieces and a complimentary pattern or solid for the third. For example, you could purchase a lounge and a chair in the floral but find a loveseat from a different line, similar in scale and style but in a coordinating check or striped pattern. This is perfectly acceptable practice and will save you from becoming too matchy-matchy.
3. Beige, beige everywhere
Now don’t get us wrong beige is a great neutral to set the scene and then add a splash of colour, but too beigey-beige come on live dangerously!
Use a bit of orange or red…go on…add a dramatic artwork and avoid your walls going to sleep with a case of the ‘ho-hums’.
4. Losing the Mood
Is anything more tragic than ‘losing the mood’ in a bedroom full of miss-matched furnishings and accessories that just don’t belong together? Remember. Mood is very important. If you start decorating a room in the mood of ‘Victorian Romance’ then take a turn somewhere in the process to ‘Modern Minimalist’ design, you will end up with something that looks like what’s left in a décor clearance centre the day after Boxing Day. No one wants that look. So, take a look at what you’ve got in the room and ask yourself: Is it all ‘flowing’ properly? Is there any furniture or any accessory that doesn’t really ‘belong’ here? If so, remove the culprits and save them for another room in a whole other style. Leave only those bits that actually fit the ‘mood’ of the space.
Ah it’s been fun but we have to leave it there for now, the next 6 Decorating ‘No No’s’ to follow tomorrow.
Story Source: Haven & Space