Updated: Jun 23
The human brain is biologically hardwired to engage and appreciate great visuals. As a visual creature, you have the innate desire to make your home aesthetically pleasing. It’s understandable if you want your living space to be more than just “livable” but a reflection of your tastes, personality, and values as well.
Decorating can bring out the best in your home — but you need the right colours, materials, and decor, along with a clear vision, to do so. Whether you want to transform your living space into a personal sanctuary or stunning work of art, you need to avoid making the following mistakes to make the most out of your time.
How Home Decor Affects Your Mental Health
Did you know that how you decorate your home can have a significant impact on your mood and overall mental health? Numerous studies claim that the RIGHT home decorations, colours, and design can contribute to keeping you in high spirits.
Below are a few factors that influence how you perceive your home:
Personal Touch - If home decor to have an impact, use personal items that spark nostalgic feelings and bring out good memories. You can incorporate your grandmother's artwork, display special books that helped you through rough times, use your kid's decorative projects in art class, or other items that bring a smile to your face.
Reminders of Joyful Times - With the right decor, you can do just that. Use items that remind you of the best and happiest times in your past. Displaying pictures of your loved ones and events (big or small) throughout your home can lighten up your mood. You can even turn family photos into art, place them in elaborate frames, and make them the focal point of your room.
Colour Therapy - Colour psychology posits that colours influence a person’s emotions and energy levels. While age, culture, and climate can affect how individuals perceive colour, certain colours or colour groups can elicit similar responses from people from all walks of life. Red incites passion and excitement, blue relaxes and lowers energy levels, and yellow evokes feelings of happiness.
Indulge in Your Favourite Scent - While scent might not be the first thing in your mind when decorating your home, it also has some bearing on your mood. The olfactory senses are closely tied to memories and experiences, which is why some cultures will find certain scents repulsive while others find them irresistible. Incorporate items with your favourite scents into your design to create a more soothing space.
Common DIY Decorating Mistakes to Avoid
Before you get started with your home improvement project, let us get one thing straight: home decoration is highly personal. Since there is no general rule of thumb when it comes to decorating your home (as long as it is unique as your individual personality), it’s easy to succumb to certain pitfalls.
Here are some tacky home decor mistakes to avoid:
Painting the Room Without Testing the Colour
If you’re planning to give your room a facelift, one of the first things that may come to your mind is giving your walls a fresh coat of paint. While there are thousands of paint colours available in the market, choosing the right one can be overwhelming.
Expert interior designers do not recommend painting the room first. Consider the lighting conditions and your furniture pieces first. Decorate around them. Choose your preferred colours from paper swatches, get several sample colours. On a piece of white foam board, paint the sample colours and tape them to your walls for a day. Observe the paint colours throughout the day in all kinds of lighting so you can determine which is the most suitable.
Using Small, Floating Rugs
Using a postage-stamp-size rug in the centre of a big room is one of the most common decorating mistakes. This can leave the room looking weak and uninteresting. Even if you’re working on a budget, opt for larger rugs. Make sure all your furniture pieces can sit comfortably on it. If this isn’t possible, at the very least, the rug should be able to accommodate the front legs of larger furniture while having room to fit all the smaller pieces in their entirety.
Hanging Artworks Too High
One prevalent practice for homeowners is hanging artwork close to the ceiling. Don’t follow this trend. Hang paintings or picture frames at about eye-level. This allows you and your guest to comfortably view the piece without craning your necks.
Using Artificial Flowers
Fake flowers don’t have the same appeal as real ones and easily accumulate dust. Fresh flowers, on the other hand, can add colour, vibrancy, and positivity to any room.
Choosing Short Curtains and Drapes
Use curtains or drapes that skim the floor. It is okay for curtains to be longer and puddle a bit, but they should never be too short. Using short curtains and drapes can shrink walls while floor-to-ceiling draperies can make windows look bigger and more impressive.
Matching Fabrics Throughout the Room
Using the same fabric all over the room can make it seem dull. Mix things up with different textures and items like throw pillows and upholstery.
Overlooking the Entryway
Your entryway is the first thing your guests notice. The appearance and feel of your entryway can set their expectation for the rest of your house. Integrate colour, patterns, textures to flaunt your sense of style.
Pushing Furniture Against the Wall
While this is acceptable for exceptionally tiny rooms, if you have enough space, avoid pushing furniture against the wall. This can make the room even smaller. Group furniture in cozy layouts to create intimate conversation areas in your living room and family room.
Having Too Many Throw Pillows
Although throw pillows can be great decorative accents, displaying too many of them can get in the way of aesthetics, comfort, and function. Using the couch or bed will require the constant effort of moving excess pillows to and from different areas.
Hanging Chandelier Right Now
Chandeliers are used to light up the room, not the ceiling. Hanging chandeliers too high limits the lighting, making the room appear darker.
Buying Cheap Decorative Stuff
Don’t let the price tag dictate your decision. Focus on quality. Decorating your home with a select few quality products is infinitely better than filling your home with cheap items that will easily break. However, if you are a diligent shopper, you can still acquire quality home decor at reasonable — or even bargain — prices. Buy the best that you can afford. You get what you pay for.
Any homeowner has the potential to transform their home into a lovely and cozy living space with due diligence and the right mindset. However, DIY-ing can come with a price when done half-heartedly and without a certain amount of know-how.
The best route to realizing your vision of a stylish home is to hire a professional interior designer to jazz up your space. Call BD Interior Design. We are a team of trusted interior design experts who can beautify your living space on time and at a reasonable price. Call (647) 466-6965 to book an appointment or fill in our contact form.