Some people think that creating a beautiful interior is easy – you just need a lot of money.
However, it is not so simple. Surely you have seen interiors from the “expensive-rich” series which are at the same time in bad taste.
The Italian teachers of our school have compiled a list of 9 mistakes that even professional designers make in interior decoration.
1. Don’t forget about lighting
Even the most beautiful room can be ruined by poor lighting. The main mistake that is most often made in the interior is the use of only one light source in the room, i.e. people only hang one chandelier on the ceiling.
To achieve a good interior effect, it is important to use multiple light sources.
In the nicest place, you will always notice several “layers” of lighting at different heights (chandelier, floor lamp, table lamp, etc.) rather than one straight light source.
If there is little natural light in the room, use mirrors to brighten it by reflecting natural light around the room.
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2. Do not hang pictures at the wrong height
You’ve found the perfect painting, found the perfect frame for it, and now it’s time to hang it at the perfect height. The center of the image should be at eye level, about 145cm or 150cm – lower than most people expect.
If you are going to make a gallery on one wall, you need to think over not only the height of the image, but also the options for hanging. Think about where each image will go before you start hammering nails into the wall.
By the way, it is not necessary that all frames are of the same thickness or of the same color. Today it is trendy to use frames of different sizes, shapes and colors.
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3. Don’t put a lot of throw pillows
They are affordable, easy to replace, and a great way to transform the image of a room; however, it’s easy to get carried away with them, buying one or two more every time you shop. This can continue until you have no more room on the couch to actually sit down.
If your throw pillows are frayed and look “tired”, it’s time to get rid of them.
You can make it a rule to buy a new pillow only if you are ready to part with the old one.
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4. Don’t blindly follow trends
Sure, you want your interior to be up-to-date and it’s great to keep up with the trends of the current year, but be careful not to dwell on every trend.
While yellow and gray are the colors of 2021, that doesn’t mean you have to repaint all the walls in these colors. As with fashion, certain trends work best for certain people, so adapt them best to your home and needs.
If you think the dark shades of the season will make your home look too dark, go for one bright wall and add an accent in a leopard-print armchair, for example. Such an element of décor can be easily changed as the trends and tastes of the owners also change with time.
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5. Do not overdo it with decorative wall painting
You can do a lot of wonderful things with a bucket of paint, but you can also turn it into a nightmare. You can use stencils, brushes, etc., but be careful not to overdo it.
In other words, keep the decorative elements on the wall simple. They should decorate the room, not dominate it.
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6. Do not display items that you do not really need
It can be difficult to get rid of things that have emotional value or for which you once paid a lot of money. If you don’t, they will start filling your home until it becomes completely cluttered.
Be honest with yourself and pick out the things you can actually use and that are pleasing to the eye, and get rid of the rest.
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7. Do not put furniture against the wall
Professional designers cringe when they see the living room furniture pressed against the wall. This creates not only an uncomfortable empty space in the center of the room, but also a formal inhospitable atmosphere.
Use the space and atmosphere of the room better by placing furniture inside the room, rather than near the walls. Trust us, no one will mind seeing the back of your sofa.
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8. Don’t ignore practical needs
Realistically assess your family’s needs and budget and design your home accordingly.
While you may want a glamorous mirrored coffee table, your little kids would prefer a soft pouf in the living room.
Spending a room’s budget on one item is equally damaging to your design.
A truly great space is what suits you well.
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9. Don’t design without a plan
Each space has its own special style and purpose, and it is important to understand what they are before you start decorating the room. Even rooms in eclectic style have a single design that unites them.
Without any main goal or theme, a room immediately looks chaotic and awkward.
You don’t need to know exactly where each décor item will be placed, but you should have a general idea of what you need.