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Five home decorating mistakes to avoid

By Tobi Awodipe   |   08 October 2016   |   2:38 am

It can be tricky trying to create the perfect sitting room and most of us just put things together haphazardly, just to get some kind of result. But truth is, you can do better and after tons of research, we have put together five mistakes to avoid when setting up your sitting area. Of course, there are more but you don’t want to be overwhelmed all at once.

Ignoring Scale and Proportion
Scale and proportion are the holy grail of design. Scale is the size of things, and proportion is the relationship of those sizes to each other and the room as a whole. That is probably the biggest issue you have to consider. Starting with the backgrounds and ending with the last accessory. Large, expansive spaces seduce us, but without good proportion in those spaces, they will lack harmony and impact. Managing volume space is intimidating and where people struggle the most. To have a 9-foot sofa in a small room is not really feasible. Make sure furniture decor has similar scale. It’s all about scale, proportion, measuring, being conscious of the overall plan. People buy things in isolation and don’t think of how they work together, this is not helpful in the long run.

Buying Poor Quality Furniture
Be judicious with your budget and avoid spending too much on one thing but at the same time, strive to buy things that are going to last. A lot of us buy very badly made furniture and fabric, because it is the cheaper alternative at the time. But in the long run, is it really cheaper, when you have to call a carpenter every other day? Instead, buy quality dining table and well-made ­upholstery. You’ll appreciate it in the long run.

Placing All Living Room Furniture Against The Walls
As much as possible, move the furniture inward to create a warm, intimate seating arrangement for conversation. This is particularly important for entertaining in large, open-concept homes. The furniture should be arranged to allow for guests and family to circulate through the space. A large area rug can unify the furnishings accordingly.

Going Overboard On Accessories And Art
Accessories and art will bring your space into perfect harmony, but you have to be very careful not to clutter. You have to constantly do scale and proportion checks on yourself as you compose your art and accessories. They are the final layer that will oftentimes be what brings your room into perfect harmony.

Making Everything Matchy-Matchy
It’s tempting to buy the coordinated, ready-made furnishings at the furniture shop but try mixing accessories with ready-made pieces from the shop to add character to a room. It may take some time to achieve a warm overall feel, but the result is a home that is unique to you.

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