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Interior Design Bloopers to Avoid

In personally designing our homes and spaces, we tend to make certain “design mistakes” unknowingly. This does not necessarily imply though that we need to have interior designers help us create beautiful interiors. We can do this job ourselves. We just need to know the basic do’s and don’ts in interior designing so we can avoid decorating bloopers.

Using Accent Pieces

Accent pieces are always the best starting points in planning the entire interior look you are going for.  DD Allen, designer, tells us to “start your living room plan with the best seat in the room and work from there.” This goes not only for living rooms but almost in any nook and cranny in your home! Find a piece that catches the eye. May it be a lounge chair, a table, a wallpaper, a wall color or even maybe just a wall clock. From that piece, you can build around the rest of the decor. You can see how easy it will be once you decided on your accent piece. This piece must tell or describe something about you. This would greatly help in gathering all the other decor and furniture. Start with an accent piece, and everything will fall into place in a blink of an eye.

Choosing the Right Wall Colors

With a wide selection of colors, choosing the right one to match your entire household motif can be quite tricky. You can either go bold from one wall to another, use less loud furniture and decoration, or go all white and be very intricate with every detail as you decorate it with art. These two contrasting ideas are just examples of the extremes in the color palette. As interior designer Sallie Giordano says, you don’t have to be all matchy-matchy with your wall color. Once you’ve chosen a wall color, try not to use the same shade with your fabrics as much as possible. Find a washed out version of your wall color. The key here is to not have a screaming interior.

Repurposing Furniture, Fixtures and Other Articles

According to Benjamin Dhong, we need to use the precious for everyday purposes. This is one take on repurposing furniture, fixtures and other articles. Rummage through your old stuff in the attic or storage rooms. Surely you will find things that you thought were useless and just lying around; recycle them and use them in some other purpose to add a unique touch to your decor. Refurbish wood palettes and turn them into coffee tables or use old canning jars as make up brush holders. This way, you get to use what you thought was junk, in ways that would make it look brand new. Antiques and vintage items always help bring an unexpected twist.

Playing with Textures and Patterns

There maybe some spaces in our home that seem to be boring and dull even after you paint the walls with bright colors. Don’t lose hope in turning these dull areas around into beautiful spaces; you won't have to  completely change what’s already been done. You just need to add a little bit of texture or pattern to break the dullness.

An all white motif for example, can be very dull if you don’t think outside of the box. At the same time, this classic move can be very elegant if you just play it right. Add different textures to shift the lull. Faux rugs and brick walls are some of the ways to get around this motif. Be very careful not to go overboard; with bright color and texture all going on, it can get crowded. Choose textures that complement the colors. This is one way to avoid overload.

These are just some of the ways and tips in how to decorate your interiors. Of course, the decorating process is not limited to these rules. With this few, you can avoid certain interior design bloopers and still be good to goo with designing your own space.

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