August 1, 2014
Top 7 Common Mistakes to avoid when decorating your home
Common Mistake Number 1: Excess wall stickers
Why is this a mistake? The wall stickers are very popular, and are often a good opportunity to change the appearance of a room. Rather than an actual error, it is only to use them in moderation, without excess.
The right choice … The lovers do-it-yourself will return to their first love: painting, with or without stencils. The current trend, however, is to decorate the walls using a single strip of wallpaper, for a touch of color capable of the space of a room. Another idea: use the magnets. It is removable decorations that can be applied on all metal surfaces, with the advantage of not dirtying their support. A quality which, however, is expensive … Or, just use the beloved stickers with a little ‘of measurement and common sense.
The more advice. Paint one wall of a room in a different color. Or, add a strip of wallpaper after painting the walls, in order to define a space (cooking area, sleeping area, sitting area …), to enhance the furniture or make an impact “matter” thanks to a coating like leather, wood or metal.
Common Mistake Number 2: the old style tiles in bathroom
Why is this a mistake? The old style tiles are really gone out of fashion … and a lot ‘! This material was already in vogue for the furnishing of the bathroom at the time of our grandmothers … but that does not mean that the tiles have evolved, which have not been modernized! The materials and patterns have evolved, becoming more beautiful and functional. But those old style, we leave for the antiques.
The right choice … The alternatives are many. Flooring and PVC coatings for floor, Corian for the sink. And most importantly, the Mr. cement, star of the moment, both for the floors, walls, and that for the furniture for the bathroom. Beautiful, design and practical at the same time, it has only one flaw: the price. Of course, it is not cheap, you have to admit it.
> The more advice. Have you ever considered a faux parquet PVC, which mimic different types of wood, or a coating in rectangular slabs that make us think of concrete or granite? Make haste: it is the current trend in the field of bathroom furniture!
Common Mistake Number 3: too wenge wood
Why is this a mistake? The total look wenge us tired. It must be admitted that this dark wood is not able to give an exotic touch and is not suitable for all environments. Not to mention the fact that the use of wenge is harmful to the environment, due to cost cutting and transport of this exotic wood. We have respect for nature, yes or no?
> The right choice … The use of light woods, in Scandinavian style, but also raw and semi-finished wood. Or the use of metal, for an industrial-style, always trendy. In each case, however, it is good to keep in mind the rule of 3: This is the maximum number of types of wood that can be associated in the furnishings of a room. Remember this
> The more advice. Viva furniture antique wood, over which time has left its traces. The must-have of the moment? The craft of furniture found in antique markets. And if originality points … you paint your wood furniture, giving free rein to your imagination!
Common Mistake Number 4: environments too full
Why is this a mistake? It is not true that being in a room full of all sorts of objects is assured. Often, it is only an impression of great disorder … if not oppression. Too bad, no?
> The right choice … The key word is: throw. You have to make a careful selection of all objects and knick-knacks in a room and decide what it is worth to show and what is best to put in a drawer. You’ll see that your environment suddenly seem larger and airy.
> The more advice. You must make sure that your rooms can “breathe.” At the same time, it is also important to find ways to enhance the objects you love, that giving them a privileged location.
Common Mistake Number 5: the total look
> Why is this a mistake? Industrial style for the study, Provencal kitchen, Disney for the nursery and the Baroque to the salon … with this furniture, the jat-leg is guaranteed! For a while, the themed decor has had some success. But you have to admit that it is really just personal, devoid of personality. The risk? Give the impression that, going from one room to another, you are in front of the windows of different stores, while remaining in the same apartment!
> The right choice … Simple: create a common thread between the decoration of the different rooms. An element of continuity. Which is not to say furnish every room in the house in the same style, of course! It is, rather, to choose a color or material to serve as a common thread throughout the house, as if it were your personal signature. The secret is to break away from the trends of the moment, returning to the essentials: the style that suits you most, your favorite color, the materials you love. The rest will come by itself!
> The more advice. Best to go with a material “jolly”, to be used throughout the home in a different way: to the ground in a room, the furniture in another, on the walls in another. You’ll see, the effect will be wonderful! Alternatively, you can have fun with colors or patterns, playing with shades and hues on the walls in soft furnishings and accessories … the important thing is that it remains a common thread between one room and the other
Common Mistake Number 6: it’s not all gold that glitters
> Why is this a mistake? In the long run, gold is a headache and silver reminds us of Christmas decorations! When you finish the festive season, all that glitters and sparkles let’s put it in the basement … In short: stop the atmosphere from jet-set, the accessories too showy and excessive. Yes to return to the simplicity, quality and comfort. Yes a discreet elegance.
> The right choice … The password is: simplicity. Neutral colors, natural materials, all in the name of authenticity. Forget the plastic and synthetic fabrics, in favor of wood and natural fibers. All in somber hues and fresh, that are inspired by nature.
> The more advice. Both environments in a contemporary décor than in those from furniture classic and chic, gold and silver can still find a place in the soft version. A few touches of silver … but no more! And if you really do not want to compromise on style metallized, you may opt for an aged metal, such as zinc, alone or associated with the raw wood.
Common Mistake Number 7: bad lighting
Why is this a mistake? We tried everything … from chandeliers that light barely a corner of the room, the neon, capable of illuminating an apartment as if it were a stadium! Moral of the story: we now know what does not suit our environments: the light should not be neither too dim nor blinding! Soon, some alternative!
> The right choice … The lighting must be well designed, based on the characteristics and function of each room. The secret lies in the multiplication of the light sources and the types of lighting.
> The more advice. To ensure that the lighting of an environment to be effective, must study the sources of natural light and locate the darkest points of the room. After that, everything depends on the organization of the room, the type of furniture chosen by the activities that will be practiced. The table lamps or wall lights are useful for creating light sources next to the beds or reading areas. To direct a bright light to a specific point, the ideal is to choose a desk lamp. In the hall or in the kitchen, better opt for a beautiful chandelier. And reserve a lighting for ceiling of the bathroom, even remembering to put the bulbs on the top edge of the mirror.
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