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Art & Science Of Home Decor

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Mistakes We Make In Interior Designing

Impulsive shopping happens to everyone. Suddenly while shopping you see a piece of furniture and it clicks to you that it would be the ideal piece for your living room. You give in to your impulse and bring it home very excitedly, only to realize it is too big or too small for your house. It obviously leaves you thinking just what got into you and why did you act like that!

There are many common mistakes most of us make while designing or decorating our homes. Here are a few along with how it can be rectified. How you can transpire chaotic interiors into an organized space with a perfect balance.

1. Not taking Professional Help

Only a Professional person will have in-depth knowledge of the scale. It takes a keen and trained eye to set everything in proportion, creating harmony with colours, adjusting the perfect lighting and setting accessories in the right place. A piece of furniture on display in the showroom looks small in the huge open spaces of the showroom, but the same piece can look disproportionate in your house. Changing the décor or furniture of the house is an expensive process, not to mention a tedious one. And that look is going to stay for a couple of years. What we don’t foresee is that not taking help professionally is just saving on their percent of fees on the total cost; it’s like being “Pound foolish”. It takes a skilled person to design the interiors of a house. It can be love at first sight with a piece of furniture or some marvellous curtain prints, but that does not mean it would fit in well with our home décor. Professionals will delve into all aspects of designing namely the scale, size of the room, placement of furniture, colour of the house and the perfect lightings that enhance the look of all work done.

2. Poor Lighting

Lighting in the house can make or break the design. It is a key feature and one of the most important elements of Design Principles. Natural lighting is a boon for us tropical people. Never block the natural source of lighting with altered windows or heavily placed curtains. Added mirrors on the wall are the easy bounce back lighting sources. Illumination in the room should be from more than one source. Well placed lamps and wall fittings add charm to a room.

3. Updated Accessories

Hanging older outdated handles and hardware can take away the limelight of the house. Even if you don’t have the budget or time to change the furniture, updating the hardware can do the trick. Switch the hardware of your kitchen cabinets and wardrobes, and whoosh! You have a new look.

4. Open electrical cords

Cords that hang in a cluster are not only occupying a lot of visual space but are hazardous. The best technique is to organize them in a labelled box, or better still to drill some niches in the wall and keep them tucked away.

5. Keeping back Keepsake

Holding on to furniture that you dislike a lot and does not match the rest of your décor, but just keeping it because that is family heirloom or a gift from a close friend and cannot be given away, is a big mistake. Be generous and give it away! Most of the times people think this wood is old and unique, why give it away? So it’s just squeezed somewhere in the corner. Well those old grandma coffee tables can have shortened legs and be polished anew.

6. Hanging Your Art

Very often one wall of the house is turned into a personal art gallery. That’s not a bad idea, looking at pictures of loved ones or cherishing some childhood memories can be the light moment of your day. But most of the times the galleries run in overload. Proper display of frames in a balance can actually turn the wall into the focal point of the room.

7. Too much Matching

A well decorated home displays a personality of its own, carries an aura that is unmatched. Simply selecting from a catalogue and buying everything that matches is a mistake. Decorating everything in the same print can be overwhelming and monotonous.

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