Whether you’re ready to redesign your entire home or just intend to redecorate a single room, make sure you have a master plan. Here are five common decorating errors that are easy to make.
1. Poor Furniture Placement. A bad furniture layout can set the tone for the room and an easy mistake to make.
Don’t line up all your furniture and seating against the walls of a room. Contrary to popular opinion, it does not give the illusion of more space. Instead, try moving the large sofa off the wall. Position it in the center of the room facing the focal point, whether that’s the fireplace or the entertainment unit. Re-orient the other furniture pieces to work off of the sofa, creating a more intimate living space where great conversations can happen.
2. Oversized Furniture.
Large furniture pieces can be overpowering and chunky, and they can actually make a room feel smaller than it is. Large-scaled pieces work better when used sparingly.
3. Unbalanced Room.
When decorating a room, take a moment to be aware of the height, width and depth of the major pieces of furnishings. Position them evenly around the room rather than grouping them all together in one end or corner. Overloading one side of a room throws it out of balance. Your guests may not be able to precisely put their finger on what seems “off” about the room layout, but they’ll definitely notice that something is askew.
Avoid the problem by introducing some lighter, narrower pieces to the mix. Glass, iron, or metal combinations for end tables and coffee tables are a great way to “alleviate” that heavy feeling.
4. Poor Traffic Patterns.
Don’t arrange the furnishings in such a way as to present some sort of maze or obstacle course that your family or your guests will have to navigate.
Always keep the doorways to a room clean and clutter free. If you have heavier pieces (couches, recliners, tables) sitting in the middle of the room, make sure that there’s at least thirty inches (or more!) clear floor space between these and the wall.
When you begin decorating or re-arranging a room’s furnishings, take a moment to envision that room in the midst of a party or gathering. Allow your eye to draw you to the spots where you naturally want to stand or to congregate, and keep these open and easily navigable when you place your furnishings.
5. Identifying One Focal Point.
Every space should have one “anchor” for the other furnishings and design elements to accentuate to best effect. What’s that special feature in the room you’re decorating? Is it the bay window overlooking your garden? Is it the rock work fireplace? Is it the painting over the hearth?
Select the dramatic element you most want to highlight. Arrange the furnishings to subtly direct focus to that feature. And if you aren’t able to decide what it might be? Not a problem! Create one! It’s an ideal opportunity to add that “something special” to your design.