4 Most Common Interior Design Mistakes

When it comes to interior design and decorating your home, people tend to make some very easy to miss mistakes. Don’t feel bad, because they’re extremely common! We’re just here to constructively point them out and let you know how easily they can be fixed.

Window Mis-Treatment

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Window Treatments are so important to a space, and though we could easily do a whole post just about window do’s and don’ts, here are the basics to making your windows fabulous. First, we’ll cover the length. Window treatments MUST touch the floor. They can be barely kissing it, or dragging by a few inches, but the hem of your panels needs to meet the floor. Next, let’s talk width. Maximize the width of your windows! Panels should frame your window, not cover it up. Drapery Panels should be hung so that when gathered, they barely cover the edge of the window. This will give the illusion that the window is bigger than it is, and it will maximize your natural light. Last, we’ll talk about the height. Instead of hanging your rod directly on top of the window, bring it up! Ideally, the rod should be hung half-way between the top of the window and your ceiling. This brings the eye continuously from floor to ceiling, elongating your space instead of chopping it up.

Rug Neglecting

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RUGS ARE THE BOMB! Use them. Love them. Put one in every room. But really, we use rugs in almost every space we design! Even on carpet you may ask? ABSOLUTELY. An area rug will define your conversation space, give depth to your design, and save your flooring. Not to mention, rugs bring the opportunity to make a statement! Whether neutral or vibrant, nothing introduces the style in a space faster than a rug, or makes a bigger impact. Rugs are definitely an investment, but they are one worth making. And let’s not forget, they don’t have to break the bank.

Art Interference

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I’m not in the NBA, and I am going to venture a guess to say that most of your house-guests aren’t either. This means that your art should NOT be hung eye-level to someone who is 6’10. There is a common misconception that hanging art and wall décor higher will bring the eye up and create height in your space. In actuality, when art and decor is hung too high, it creates a disconnect between the art and furniture, halting the harmony of your space. Art should generally be hung 63″ above the floor, or so the center of the piece is eye-level to someone who is about 5’6″.

Space planning

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Space planning is the foundation of every room, and having your furniture set appropriately makes a huge difference. The fourth most common design mistake is having your furniture pushed up against the walls or to the edge of the room in an open floor plan. With few exceptions, main furniture pieces should never be directly against the wall. Even in small spaces, there should be a few inches between. When one piece is anchored against a wall, the others should be brought to it, not shoved all the way against the opposite wall. This is another way area rugs can come in handy, as a guide to help you space plan!

We hope these key suggestions have helped you out!

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Art On The Wall, Or Is The Wall Art?

It’s just too easy to slap a piece of artwork onto a few of your walls and call it artistic, because that’s not really very artistic, now is it? Why do that when you can actually make your wall into art?! There are countless ways to design your wall space so that it tells a story about your creative mind while making the space a lot more attractive than a simple piece of art hung on the wall. Now, don’t get us wrong, we love to use decorative artwork on our walls, but there are so many other options that many have yet to embark on! Today, we’re going to inspire you with a few unique ways to make your walls come to life. Everyone needs at least one special accent wall, so let your artistic mind flow. Try out one of these projects!

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For our first idea, we know exactly what you’re thinking, “Why didn’t I think of that?!!” It is a pretty awesome idea. If you have the time, we highly recommend this one! For this project, all you have to do is expand the paint on the walls to the ceiling for a visually appealing effect. This design makes your eyes wander and gives off a never ending appeal that seems pretty modern and unusual; naturally, we love it! It’s a great focal point for your space that’ll have everyone looking from the walls to the ceiling! To complete this artwork, you’ll need the paint colors of your choice and lot of painter’s tape. It’d be pretty cool to paint the ceiling like Michelangelo did but not so safe, so make sure you have someone helping you!

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A lot of people are fans of the shattered glass pattern, and we can see why! There’s just something about broken pieces that makes everything look just a bit more edgy, so if you love the concept of this pattern, then why not make it the focus of your accent wall?! With a bit of painter’s tape and some shape skills, it’ll be super easy! Numerous different patterns can be made with tape and paint, so even if this pattern doesn’t appeal to you, there many others to choose from. Walls don’t always have to be solid and perfect, and this type of project brings a modern and artistic feel to your space. Show that you actually put a lot of thought and creativity into your design!

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Messy stripes! We love this idea because there’s no taping or measuring required at all! Perfect for those who are anti-measurers. Just take a small roller and roll on stripes from the ceiling to the floor. They don’t need to be perfect or exact–in fact, part of the charm is that each one will be a little different. This is the one where the perfectionists have to step back and say, it’s okay to be messy! The design isn’t meant to be perfect, and it stands just fine the way that it is which makes it so easy to love! Then, you can hang a piece of artwork. The wall even feels like it was meant to be a part of the artwork; it is a piece of art in a piece of art!

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