July 22, 2018

4 redecorating mistakes you should be avoiding

Keeping up with interior design trends may not be at the top of everyone’s priorities. Whilst fashion often changes and new ideas come about, what seems to remain are the common mistakes many people make. Even the smallest of mistakes can lead to an interior that doesn’t quite work; both in terms of aesthetics and practicality, there needs to be balance. Read this guide on the most common redecorating mistakes so you can avoid them in your interior design.

Going it alone

Many of us will see ourselves as budding interior designers. With a keen eye and impeccable taste, surely you’ll be able to turn your home into a masterpiece? Whilst this may be the case for some people, for others then help may be needed. Designing an entire home is different to creating the décor for a bedroom or another small area. The help you receive could come from a professional, or just asking friends for advice on what they think looks good. Everyone, of course, will have their opinion. But if you trust their judgement, then a second set of eyes can really help you to make the right decision when it comes to your interior design.

Making impulse purchases

We’ve all been there. We see something – a table, a couch, wallpaper – that we just have to buy. Making purchases like this, however, can soon break your budget – and leave you scrimping when it comes to the rest of your redecorating project. Rather than making the purchase there and then, try to shop around a little beforehand. Can you find the exact product, or at least similar, for a much cheaper price? Can you sign up to that particular retailer’s mailing list to receive an introductory discount? Is there a better deal online? If you’re worried the product may before you get the chance to buy, ask if they can hold it for you. This may bide you some time to decide whether that really is the best price. Avoid making impulse purchases to make your budget stretch further.

Buying furniture after painting

Painting before you’ve chosen your furniture can be a hugely stressful ordeal. If you consider how many shades of paint there are out there, then compare this to how many pieces of furniture there are that you like, the difference is clear. If you paint your room a certain colour, you might be searching for weeks, even months, before finding the exact pieces you like that match your chosen colour. It can lead to unnecessary headaches. Whereas if you find your perfect furniture combination beforehand, it’s much easier to find a complementing paint or wallpaper. There are thousands of paint combinations out there, but there may only be one perfect set of furniture for you.

Following the crowd

Many interior design trends don’t hang around very often. If you’re redecorating, it’s easy to be sucked into the latest fads. The problem here is that what’s popular and ‘trendy’ today might look outdated tomorrow. For that reason, you’re better choosing based on your own personal preference. Whether you prefer neutral tones and a classy, comfortable carpet, or a bolder look with patterned vinyl flooring and contrasting colours – your taste is ultimately all that matters. Research different ideas from a variety of sources. Create yourself a Pinterest board to house all of our inspiration, then get to work constructing your colour scheme, design style and favourable features. As long as you’re happy with your choices, your redecorating project can be seen as a success.

*This is a collaborative post.