The most common mistakes in decoration and how to avoid them.
Decorating is not always an easy task and the lack of proper guidance can make this process even more complicated and costly. With so many options of furniture, decorative items, colours, materials and textures, the possibilities of getting lost in this world of possibilities are enormous.
In addition, there are several details implicit in the processes that are essential to achieve a good result. Details such as ideal sizes of curtains and carpets often go unnoticed and that is why we see such common mistakes so often.
We, as professionals in the area, besides all the study involved, experience several issues daily and understand that certain details in the decoration are not official rules, but can make all the difference! That’s why, among so many mistakes that we come across, we list below 5 of them and simple solutions that will make your environments much more harmonious. Check them out!
1 – Lack of planning
The solution to this mistake would be “hire a quality professional, because this is precisely one of his main functions”, but as we know that this is not always possible, let’s get to the tips!
The first planning tip is: do not buy random items. We believe that the most common mistake of people is simply to buy several things and dispose along the house. The chances of this going wrong are immense, besides having the risk of the house totally losing its identity. Plan what you want to buy, the style you like and want to follow, and how much you want to invest.
Intimately connected to this we have another question: do not hire services at random. Understand that if you buy wallpapers, you will have to pay someone to install them, for example. Our suggestion is that you write down and pray for all the necessary services so that things do not get out of control and that you can do all the planned.
Another extremely important tip is: measure the spaces and have these notes always with you. Take into consideration the spaces that doors and windows occupy when they are opened, and that people need to move between the spaces in a comfortable way. Don’t forget to always take a tape deck when buying furniture or any other object. Understand that items need to be arranged in a harmonic way and that so wrong when buying something too big for the space is to buy something too small for fear of not fitting. Try to furnish the spaces in such a way that people can move freely, but also that they don’t have to walk 50 feet to sit down.
Another simple tip for a planning error that almost everyone makes is: If you want to buy some furniture over the internet, read the sizes in the description. Never rely on photos, even if the item seems to be on the right scale.
2 – Bad choice of colors
Colours is a very extensive subject and requires some study and practice in order to have a good result. Hours of the day, types of lighting, types of substrates, combinations, are some examples of factors that influence how colors behave in an indoor or outdoor atmosphere. In addition, colors cause different sensations for each room and should be chosen with care because they can generate tranquility, hunger, irritability, etc.
Let’s talk specifically about colors with many more details in a next topic, but our basic tip for you not to make mistakes is: bet neutral tones on the macro, such as shades of gray, white, raw colors, and use colors only occasionally, on objects such as pillows, vases and pictures. So, when the decoration gets sick or you want to give it a new one, change these pieces of place and mix them with new ones.
3 – Choosing the rug with the wrong size
We will not talk about style, what rooms to use, what are the best materials. These topics will be left for the next one. Let’s talk about a mistake we see a lot! The size.
But how do we know what the ideal rug size is?
The main function of rugs is to sectorize the rooms, so focus on that whenever you need to buy a new rug. There are some specific rules, but in general, all furniture in the room should be on the rug. For sofas, the rug must advance at least 15 to 20 cm under it and also to its sides.
4 – Choosing the wrong size curtains
Talking about curtains and windows treatment is also a very extensive subject that involves, finishes, materials, functions, styles, etc. So today we will focus on the errors that we see most out there that are related to fabric curtain sizes in general.
The first tip not to make mistakes is to hire a company specialized in curtains, because they will do all the measurements.
If you prefer to buy the finished curtain panels, something very common here in the USA, be aware of the following details:
The curtains have several functions, such as finishing and lengthening the environment. Here in the USA it is very common to see curtains being used only as side shawls, static, with only decorative function.
Regarding the height of the curtains always remember that they should be installed as high as possible, and that they should go to the ground. Some customers even like them to drag and this is not wrong, just a matter of taste. Never, under any circumstances, leave the curtains flying. As there are standard measures of curtains for sale, and most of the time they are not in accordance with the necessary measures, the ideal is always to buy bigger and make adjustment of the bottom. In case there is no bigger on the market, make an applique on the bottom with other fabric.
Regarding the length, this will depend a lot on the space to be covered and the type of fabric, but basically the need for fabric will vary between 2 times to 3 times the size of the space. So buy as many panels as you need for the curtain to make a nice frock and splice them when necessary.
The curtains should pass at least 3inches If the door or window occupies almost the entire wall, the curtain should ideally be from end to end.
5- To forget the lighting
Lighting is a fundamental item in decoration because it can add value to the environment or simply annul it. Some rooms need more powerful lights, others deserve indirect and cozy lighting. Therefore, lighting should be planned to take advantage of all its features.
Making a lighting project is the best way to get it right. After all, technical knowledge is needed to calculate the amount of light required for each room.
So our general tip is: don’t limit yourself to direct light! Supportive and decorative lights like sconces and lampshades heat up the atmosphere. More scenic lighting points, which highlight objects such as pictures and decorations, can also turn an often simple setting into something very interesting. In addition, the use of dimmers can also be a great alternative to make lighting more efficient and functional.