Being Matchy Matchy
You would think that designers would like the word ‘match’….but it usually makes us cringe. We love things to coordinate, but having every fabric the same on every piece of furniture looks bland and boring. To create visual interest in a space you need multiple layers and textures, colour and patterns.
Shop at several stores instead of buying everything all in one place. Keep your fabric swatches and paint samples with you at all times. You will easily be able to see what works when you lay it all out together. This process can seem tedious but remember, designers spend hours pulling fabrics and options for clients. If you want a room to feel put together, give it the time it deserves.
Bad lighting in your home can affect the mood dramatically when someone walks in – and more importantly when you walk in. Dimly lit rooms are most common in older homes, and by simply adding lamps with the correct bulb type can help a room help more inviting. In newer homes the issue of too many pot lights and overly lit rooms is a problem. Having your lights on dimmers allows a lot more flexibility in how the room can be lit and different times of the day.
Too Much Furniture
A common mistake people make is feeling the need to have more seating and tables for when guests come, but the other 95% of the time their space feels overcrowded. An easy way to fix this is to get rid of the bulky sofas and add benches that can be tucked out of the way, or have ottomans that can live under coffee tables or console tables and pulled out when guests come.
Placing Furniture Against Walls
This problem typically stems from the above mistakes – too much furniture. We also tend to think that having furniture spread out makes a room feel bigger, but it actually just creates a large, uninviting space. Pulling a few (okay….maybe even one) pieces of your furniture off the walls helps create a more intimate space. Think about putting a sofa table between a wall and a sofa, with a lamp and some books or keepsakes.
Not Measuring First
This mistake happens way more than it should. You go to a store and see the perfect painting, or dining set, or even fridge, and you immediately purchase it without knowing how it will fit. Then the delivery crew drops it off and your fridge it two inches too tall for its opening. This starts a chain reaction of problems that could have easily been avoided.