You, me...We’ve all been there...
We're getting all hyped to purchase beautiful new décor and furnishings for a new and improved home but we haven't really thought it through.... After making some impulse purchases and coming home extremely excited to open up everything you've bought- you’ve realised you may have made some mistakes - perhaps that rug looked huge in store but your eyes deceived you & is now is way too small in your lounge...or maybe the decor you bought is a completely different shade than what you thought...
There are so many common mistakes we all make so we've created the holy grail of interior decorating mistakes & how we can all avoid / overcome them...
#1 No Creative direction in combination with Impulse Buying
If your browsing, and love the first thing you see and walk further into the store and love another 4 other things and purchase them all, you’ve made a mistake! First of all you need to have solid idea to what you’re looking for, including décor, cushions, rugs, chairs etc. and especially colour palette. Everything you purchase should work together. Just because you like it, and it’s on sale doesn’t mean you NEED it...
Our Tip: Before anything, research. Search for inspiration, things you adore and slowly is to develop yourself a theme. Create a moodboard with photos of what you currently have in the room you're buying for & the colours you'd like to incorporate or focus on.. from here you can very easily save photos of products you find online or even take a snap on your phone if you're in store - don't feel like you need to buy something right then & there if you aren't 100% sure.
It may seem unnecessary or time consuming to create a moodboard but trust me when I say it’ll will save you a lot of money and a lot of time in the long run. It will help you discover what fits well in your space and other furnishings and décor.
Jump on Polyvore or Pinterest - two great sites for easily making moodboards- have a go!
#2 Buying fad furniture
Certain colours come and go. Just like our clothes we have our core basics and then we have our ‘fashion’ items. So implement this strategy into your home. For example don’t purchase large bright ‘green’ couches or chairs, as eventually that colour will fall out of trend and you’re stuck with out-dated and unwanted furniture sitting in your lounge room (Can you spot the elephant in the room?).
Our Tip: Always purchase base pieces of furniture in neutral tones; Such as white, beige, brown, black, deep blues and greys.
#3 Thinking style over function
Style is obviously love at first sight. It’s what draws you in without really even knowing what its for and how it works. As your styling home you need learn how to approach both features at the same time before purchasing. With the product ask yourself these questions; what’s it for, how long will I be using it, will it suit my home and will it function well within my space?
#4 Buying before sizing
We know once you see something you absolutely adore, it’s hard to walk past it. But if you purchase a furnishing that’s too big or small for your space, it will look out of balance and proportion, and overall wont give a flattering look for your home.
Our Tip: Measure your rooms and walls, write it on a paper and keep it in your wallet, that way your measurements are easily accessible and with you.
#5 Be a little bit brave with colour
While our advice for key furniture pieces to stick to the neutrals - when decorating don't be afraid to be a little bit brave with your colour choices. A completely neutral colour palette can feel boring and even clinical. Trust us, we know a lot about the psychology of colour & it is truly amazing how much the colours around you subconsciously play an integral part in your moods.
Our Tip: Grab some colour cards, place them all on a wall and just have them there for a week or so, and see which colour made you feel good when you looked at it. And there you go, you have a starting point for your home decor.
#6 Throwing out when you shouldn't
Oh the battles of hoarding and de-cluttering...Don't be so quick to throw everything out - remember that you paid good money for whatever it is you think you're bored of. Instead pack it away - you might find in a couple of months time when the season changes you'll revisit that storage box & fall in love all over again!