Home decor is a subject that many of us love. There is something truly wonderful about being able to take the time to carefully craft a home; to put together decor and design that perfectly reflects you and your family. When the home decor bug bites, it tends to bite hard, and a lifelong love affair with the wonders of creating the perfect home nest begins. Nothing seems to matter other than where you’re going to place your new Leesa queen mattress.
However, amidst all the fun, there’s undoubtedly a downside to home decor. Surprisingly, it’s easy to make mistakes on something as simple as “making your home look nice”. Some of these mistakes will spoil the aesthetic of the overall look of a room; others will prove to be — quite literally — costly. If you’re going to make the most of your home decor efforts, then identifying potentially problematic points and eradicating them is key.
In an effort to help you do just that, below, you’ll find six of the most common home decor faux pas’. By avoiding these, you’ll have a jump-start that will allow you put together the kind of aesthetic you want for your home— but without having to make too many “classic” mistakes along the way. Here’s what you need to be aware of.
Too many decorative items
There’s something wonderful about small decorative items. Whether it’s scented candles, succulent plants, or lightboxes, being able to fill our home with these small finishing touches is a genuine delight.
However, there is a point at which these pleasant finishing touches become overwhelming. Rather than completing a room, they begin to dominate it. Too much of a good thing can always be ruinous, and you’ll likely find this to be the case if a room is playing host to one too many decorative pieces. Opt for a more minimal approach and you won’t go far wrong.
Believing decor should change with the seasons
Every season, the goods inside of home decor stores will change. In spring, florals abound. In summer, it’s usually some sort of fruit; pineapples and melons have been summer home decor features over the last few years. In fall, it’s inevitably leaves. In winter… well, there’s a little more justification for a change in decor for Christmas, but the endless snow-related items can begin to feel overwhelming.
While it’s nice to add a few seasonal touches to your home, it’s incredibly easy to go too far. Ignore the encouragement of the stores and focus on creating a key aesthetic, which you can then enhance with one or two items as the seasons change. It might be tempting to change nearly everything but, to borrow the words of an old meme, ain’t nobody got time for that.
Going too far with the monotone
White and monotone interiors have always been popular, and have experienced a particular surge along with the Scandi design trend. However, too much of this basic shade palette can quickly become overwhelming. The word many people use to describe an aesthetic that relies too heavily on the anis of white, grey, and black is sterile— which is not a term that most of us want when considering our homes! It’s all too easy for this to happen, however; when you get into the habit of opting for basic monotone, breaking out and opting for color can seem rather daunting.
However, breaking the monotone is well worth doing if you’re looking to achieve a more pleasant overall look. Colorful elements are vital to ensure your all-white interior doesn’t become overwhelming. You can achieve this using artwork, or by opting for soft furnishings that introduce another shade into the room. For example, in the image above, the overall feel would be much warmer and more pleasant if the chair coverings had been a vibrant red rather than a muted grey.
Forgetting to include adequate storage
The storage issue is a common bugbear that trips up many homeowners when renovating a room, and it’s likely that you’ve experienced the issue yourself. You put together the perfect aesthetic, you carefully hunt down the perfect furniture, you carefully select the perfect matching soft furnishings from Deconovo, and everything is going to be incredible… and then you realize there’s less storage than you need.
In the average family home, the more storage you have, the better. Unfortunately, storage items aren’t always aesthetically pleasing, so it’s easy to overlook these when focusing on creating a beautiful look. However, without adequate storage incorporated into your overall design, a room will never look as good as you imagine. So the next time you’re renovating a room, focus on achieving sufficient storage first, and then build the rest of the room around this core basic.
“Minimalist” to the point of emptiness
The minimalist trend has been popular for around 20 years, and shows no sign of abating. However, for a trend that is all about less, it’s surprisingly easy to get wrong. One of the biggest problems people experience when aiming for this aesthetic is the issue of going too far, and creating a minimalist space that looks vacant rather than carefully designed.
Minimalist design needs some items to bring the room together. If you have managed to declutter your home to the point you need relatively little storage, you still need to fill the space somehow— too little furniture and the room just won’t look right. If you don’t want to use furniture, opt for artwork or lighting installations; anything that helps to break up the space and ensure it looks more “home” than “aircraft hangar”.
If you have made any of the errors above, then don’t worry— it’s completely normal, and it’s fair to say most people who have tried to improve their homes have been there! The best thing to do from this point is to focus on ensuring that you don’t repeat those errors; instead, forge forward to a new era of home decor and design with the classic mistakes behind you. If you can do this, then you’ll be delighted by how easy and effective perfecting your home decor can actually be.
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