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The start of the year can be a great time to give your home a little TLC, with mood boards, colour schemes, and checklists for the hottest decorating trends all making the rounds after New Year’s. But, if you’re giving your space an overhaul, there are some decorating pitfalls you’ll want to avoid. Read on for 5 all-too-common decorating mistakes, and our expert solutions.
1. You want to use colour throughout your house, but don’t know how to keep it from looking crazy
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Solution: Use a consistent colour as a bridge between all the rooms
By choosing a staple colour throughout your home, you can make your space as bright as you like without going over the top. Remember that the key here is consistency, but you can still have a play with tones for a touch of difference from room to room. For example, you could use your chosen colour in a bold way in one room by applying wallpaper in that colour. In the next room, you might keep things subdued by painting the walls in a more muted tone.
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Another tip is to keep base boards, cornices and trims consistent throughout, usually in a neutral tone to offset any colours you use. If you don’t want to use the same colour on every wall of the house, find other colours adjacent to it on the colour wheel or in the paint deck to compliment your chosen colour. Then, make sure to carry the bridge colour through on furnishings and accessories to tie all your rooms together.
2. You want to experiment with wallpaper but it feels like too much of a commitment
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Solution: Experiment with self adhesive wallpaper and decals
If you want to give wallpaper a go, but are afraid of the work involved, or what to do should you change your mind, there are ways to play without making the commitment. Our tip is to experiment with self adhesive wallpaper and decals. There are a lots of 'peel and stick' options available from sites like Etsy, which are an affordable and often temporary alternative to traditional wallpaper.
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via One Kings Lane
Make sure to start in small space, such as in a powder room or desk nook to get comfortable with the pattern. You’ll also want to start down low, as you’re sure to get more comfortable with the application as you go on - no one wants that first decal to be wonky or bubbled in the middle of the wall! Don’t be afraid to give it a go, and remember, if you find it’s not your style there are ways to remove it and try something else.
3. You want to incorporate art into your home but don’t know where to start
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Solution: Have a broad look online to find your style
If you’re new to the world of art, it can be daunting to know where to look for the perfect pieces, and what they’re really worth. For investment pieces, have a browse through online sites such as 1st Dibs and Chairish. These marketplace style sites curate vintage and antique pieces from around the world, providing you access to furniture and artwork of the highest quality. For unique artwork on a budget, have a chat to local art students who might be interested in creating bespoke pieces, or check out sites such as minted.com and Etsy.
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When it comes to displaying your artwork, the options are endless. For larger pieces, choose a room with a large blank wall to let the piece truly shine, and make sure not to clutter the space with unnecessary accessories. For smaller pieces, a gallery wall can look great in a range of spaces. Check out our guide on how to create the perfect gallery wall, and see our 2020 art series blogs here and here for more inspiration.
4. You want a brightly lit space but aren’t sure how much lighting each room needs
Design: Design Sarah Davidson | Photo: Prue Ruscoe
Solution: Start with your overheads and assess on a room by room basis
Lighting can really set the mood of a room, so it’s important that you get the balance right, especially in public areas - you don’t want your guests sitting in a living space that’s too dark to walk around in, but you also don’t want to blind them with too-bright lights! In most rooms, you’ll want overhead lights as a base - we recommend either down lights and/or a statement pendant. Remember that dimmers are your best friend, so if you can put them in, do it wherever you can.
Design: Design Sarah Davidson | Photo: Prue Ruscoe
Once your overheads are sorted, have a think about other styles of lights that suit the setting and style of the room. Table and floor lamps are a great addition to many rooms, and are really versatile. Have a think about areas of the house you might want extra, concentrated lights such as where you’re applying makeup or studying. Finally, don’t forget the benefits of natural light. Opening the blinds and letting natural light in will save your electricity and your eyes, and can also make a space feel warm and open.
5. You want a cohesive space, but don’t want it to look like you just “bought the set”
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Solution: Aim to have at least one vintage piece in every room
Many people think of vintage pieces as being either outdated or too expensive, but there’s plenty of cool options out there, even on a budget. Have a look around both online and in second hand stores for pieces that accentuate the style of your home and pair nicely with your modern furniture.
Design: Jake Arnold with 4C Design Group | Photo: Monica Wang
via Architectural Digest
Our number one tip is not to go too matchy-matchy with your modern and vintage pieces. Don’t be afraid to mix furniture pieces, eras and styles... in fact we encourage you to do so! Also, make sure not to only stick to one timber - mix darks and lights, and lots of texture to keep the room from falling flat.
What decorating projects are you working on this year? Let us know below!
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