make potentially disastrous mistakes in dealing with color.
Don't paint your walls then go out looking for fabrics to
match. Paint can be mixed in any of a thousand colors, so
select the final shades after upholstery, carpeting, and
curtain fabrics are chosen.
Don't choose colors standing in a store. Try to take samples
(of paint, fabrics, and floor coverings) back to your home and
look at them in daylight and at night. Don't ignore the mood
effects of color–red
is exciting, pale blue soothing, green calming, and yellow is
choose color schemes that underscore the feeling you want to
create in each room of your home.
ignore the importance of accessorizing correctly.
Make sure accessories are the correct size and scale for the
surface you are decorating. Remember to create highs and lows
with the placement of your accessories to create interest.
When accessorizing, the eye tends to view triangular patterns
as the most pleasing. Try to avoid too much symmetry in a
room. Stiff placement of accessories and/or furniture in a
room can make the room feel stiff and uncomfortable. Group
your accessories in odd numbers for the most pleasing visual
keep those tired floral arrangements!
Dried floral arrangements normally have a life of 2-3 years
and then should be disposed of. Silks may last longer–but
make sure the style of the arrangement is not dated looking.
improperly use an area rug.
It can really throw off the look of a room. Never float a rug
in the middle of the room. It should serve as an anchor to
your furniture placement. Avoid using a rug that is too small
for the space. With a typical sofa and love seat combination
the rug should be no less then 5’ x 8’ in size. In the dining
room the area rug should be large enough to allow the seating
to remain on the rug even when pushed away from the table.
forget the impact of cohesion in the look of the room.
Do use the principle of repetition when planning shapes,
colors, fabrics, and patterns. One red accent in a room may
look like an afterthought whereas several red accents here and
there will contribute to the color scheme. Do crosslink your
rooms by repeating colors, fabrics, and themes in varying
Improperly Use Art Work.
One of the simplest ways to bring cohesion to your room is to
examine the art work on the walls and make adjustments. A good
reminder is to think “tall with tall” and “wide with wide.”
Groupings of art work or a single picture should occupy about
2/3 of the space to achieve proper proportion. Do not
automatically hang a mirror over your mantel. In most cases
all that is reflected is the ceiling and the light fixture–which
is not what you want to be the focus of your room. Don’t hang
artwork too high on the wall. A good rule of thumb is to hang
it at eye level.
ignore the lighting in your room.
One large overhead light may light an entire room, but it will
also make the room feel stark and cold. Make certain that your
lighting is spread equally throughout your room. A very
visually appealing way to do this is to place your lamps in a
triangular pattern in your room. Use frosted bulbs and install
dimmers. Lighting can really set the mood in a room and make
it feel more cozy and inviting.
turn your back on the focal point of the room.
will be arranged away from the important feature of the room,
resulting in a layout that lacks impact and cohesion. Identify
the focal point of the room (a fireplace, a view, a bed, an
armoire) and focus your room around it.
forget to take the time to discover your own personal style.
By reading magazines, browsing online and in stores, you can
learn what styles and colors really appeal to you. Do define a
room's style in writing, being specific. (Not just "country
French", but "French Country with gold , paired with blue &
warm red accents – using wire baskets, copper pots, colorful
pottery & lots of flowers & herbs in dented tin pitchers and
deadly mistake of decorating…
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