We all know that interior design is an art, not a science, and while there are no hard and fast rules, knowing what works when can be hard to pin down.
At the end of the day, making your home the best it can be is all about what appeals to you and your personal style. However sometimes you may have a room that you just can’t seem to pull together. If that’s the case, ask yourself if you’re making one of these common design mistakes.
NOT LOOKING AT THE BIG PICTURE
We see it all the time. Our clients get stressed out by all the small decisions that work together to create the space, and this is often when they engage our services to help them pull the look together. They have spent hours agonising over the perfect rug. Which scatter cushions will make make or break my living room design? Which light completes the look? And inevitably fall down a rabbit hole of choices and Pinterest images.
If you take a moment to step and think about the overall picture you are looking to create, rather than each individual piece, you are likely to find some clarity in your decision making.
THINKING ONLY ABOUT COLOUR
Thinking holistically about a colour scheme that talks to you and works with your pieces is very important. However only thinking about colour can leave a space feeling cold and flat. Bringing texture into a room adds dimension and brings it to life. It need only be two or three items.
While we’re talking colour, the idea that everything has to match is a design hand-me-down from days gone by. Absolutely work with your preferred colour scheme, but remember that there is a difference between things matching and when things ‘go together’. Some things just don’t work together, while often unexpected combinations create the best interiors.
FILLING A ROOM WITH TOO MANY THINGS
You hear it from us time and time again – Less is More! Don’t be tempted to cover every available surface and wall space with stuff. Hide as much clutter as you can and give your room space to breathe. Allow your selected, prize possessions to shine, rather than be crowded out.
NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO SCALE
This happens all the time, especially when it comes to sofa and rug combinations. When it comes to scale you need to think beyond each individual item and rather focus on how these pieces relate to each other. Is this rug big enough for this sofa and this room? Is this piece of art going to work on the available space on this wall, next to this cabinet?