In our previous post we shared some of the most common decorating mistakes many people make when decorating their own home, like taking incorrect measurements when buying furniture; or not enabling adequate circulation in their space and "visual noise"; hanging artwork, frames and mirrors correctly; using dark and vibrant colors correctly; choosing an accent wall, etc (make sure to go on over and check it out here).
This time around we'll be looking at some more common decorating mistakes and sharing some more tips with you!
Creating Open Floor Plans
When designing a home with an open floor plan, our suggestion is to try and keep the same flooring throughout as much as possible. For example, an integrated dining room and living room should have the same flooring in both spaces to provide a sense of continuity between both the areas.The usage of different flooring gives a sense of there being a lack of planning in the construction or that it was done "ad hoc".
Number of Seats
The number of seats available in a dining room and living room should be similar, as its assumed that the same guests you have over will move around from the dining area to the living room area and will need sitting in that area as well. Balance and proportionality are key!
Mirrors are a great solution for smaller spaces as they can project a room and give it a sense of amplitude and make the space look much bigger. They can also be used as just decorative ornaments too.
We highly recommend not using mirrors on walls or panels where you have the TV though, as the reflection it will make will just be a distraction from the actual TV.
Correct Placement for the TV
Speaking of TVs, considering standard ergonomic patterns, the center of the TV should be approximately 1,20m (approximately 50 in.) high.
Having the TV too high or too low can cause discomfort.
Not only is having your TV at the correct height important, but equally important is your distance from the TV. As a rule of thumb, to calculate the approximate distance between the TV and you in cm, it should be equal to the size of the TV screen (in inches) multiplied by 5. So, for example, if you own a 40'' TV, the distance should be about 2,00m (which is about 78 in).
Using Spot Lights or Picture Lights
These should be used to highlight decorative pieces, such as artwork, wall plaques, among others. This type of lighting shouldn't be used if it's not pointing at or showcasing anything. Spot lights also shouldn't be pointed towards the TV (this will cause a glare and undesired reflections or shadows).
The bathroom and kitchen counters should be approximately 90cm (35in) high. Counters that are higher or shorter than this can be uncomfortable and overall not very functional.
Keeping a good sense of harmony and balance between the sofas and chairs in the living room is crucial. Make this a comfortable area for you to spend time with your guests. Try to make all sofas and chairs approximately the same height so everyone is at the same height too and make sure they aren't all lined up against a wall, but rather in a layout that can provoke a bigger sense of intimacy, almost lounge-like, so you can be comfortable talking to your guests.
Decorative pillows are excellent decor pieces but when there are too many they're not very functional. Just because you see this kind of layout in stores and magazines this doesn't necessarily mean you need to do the same in your own home.
One of the most common mistakes is using area rugs that are too small. Ideally, all of the furniture legs should be on the rug. If that isn't at all possible, try and make sure that at least the front legs are on top of the rug.
Curtains that are too short. Curtains should be as close to the floor as possible. Curtains that are too short are like wearing pants that are too short: they just make the wall look shorter than it really is.
Never paint a room without properly testing the paint. Context is extremely important when choosing a color. You should always get paint samples in the shade you're looking for and test them all on the wall first.
Avoid trying to decorate everything all at once. Don't try to fully decorate a space all in one go - decorating takes time. Buy one or two of the more essencial pieces first and then work from there.
Don't try to decorate and fill your home with items solely based on the latest decor trends. Purchase products that represent and make sense to you and always remember that functionality is a lot more important than any trend (for example, a white couch in a house with small children may not be the best idea).
Finally, the most important tip of all: decorating your home should be a reflection of who are and what you truly love above all else!
- The Team at LX CRAFTS Co