Decorating mistakes to avoid in your new home

Decorating your new home or extension is an exciting time and can make a huge difference to a space and the way you feel. Before you tackle each room, be mindful of these things:

Wrong lighting

Even the most beautiful interiors can be ruined by bad lighting. Fill the space with layers of soft, flattering lighting at different heights. Don’t forget to make the most of the natural light in the room too.

Too many pillows

It’s easy to get carried away with pillows when shopping, but remember, you should be able to sit down on your sofa. Make a rule, only buy a new pillow when you’re ready to throw out an old one.

Don’t push furniture away

Putting furniture against walls creates an unwelcoming empty space in the middle of the room with little character. Make use of the space you have by arranging furniture within the room.

Don’t go crazy on wallpaper

You can do amazing things with decorative wallpaper. You can also do bad things. Be sure to keep it simple. Wallpaper should enhance the room, not dominate it.

Don’t ignore practical needs

However flashy you want your home, be realistic about your family’s needs and your budget. While you may want a glass staircase or a white sofa, having young children can mean this isn’t practical. A great space is one full of functionality.

Don’t design without a plan

Figure out what style you want before you decorate. Even the most eclectic rooms have some level of design. The last thing you want is a room which looks chaotic and cluttered.


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