Skip these Simple Design Mistakes

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Skip these Simple Design Mistakes

Jacy Meyer · Oct 29, 2015

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There are a lot of blogs, websites, Pinterest pages and more devoted to interior design. They seem to make throwing together a gorgeous living room look so easy. But decorating is a serious business, and even in a humble apartment, mistakes can be made. These aren’t life-changing blunders to be sure, but they might make your home not as functional or feel not as comfortable as you’d like. Skip these simple slip-ups often made when decorating.

Don’t Over-decorate

If this is your first place, you may feel the need to go on a décor buying spree, purchasing lots of beautiful items you’d never had space for before. Don’t. Because most likely you still don’t have the space and clutter is a small apartment’s worst nightmare. Too much stuff makes a room feel stuffy, a vibe no one wants.

Rugs and Art

When you live in a rental, these two items are key to popping some personality into your apartment. Furniture should sit completely on floor rugs. Small pieces of art look off on a large blank wall. Create a gallery wall with many different items or buy a statement piece to hang on the wall.

Light Smartly

In an apartment, light becomes more important than in other homes, usually because the rooms are smaller. Before buying lamps, study your overhead option (if you have one) as well as the space’s purpose. A home office might require more direct work-focused light, while a bedroom would probably prefer calmer lighting. A mix of floor, table and overhead lighting, using soft white bulbs is a good way to go.

Properly Proportion

Think carefully about the size of your room and the amount and size of the furniture you put into it. While many people like a minimalist look, plopping a couch down in the middle of a room and calling it complete usually doesn’t work so well. If you have a large space, create rooms within the room by clearly defining areas for relaxing, working, eating, etc. If you have a small space, consider petite side furnishings like end tables paired with a larger couch.

Go Careful on the DIY

Unless you are a crafty soul who loves a good fixer-upper project, go easy on purchasing items that will require some TLC. Consider your level of expertise in upgrading the item; supplies you will need; space needed to do the project and of course the cost. If you are going to end up taking the couch to be reupholstered or get a professional in to stain the dresser anyway, you may be better off purchasing new.

Don’t Rush

You may want to have your apartment completely decorated the weekend you move in. This is a mistake. Taking time to live in the space gives you the opportunity to absorb its atmosphere and see how it will work within your lifestyle. For example, you may have thought your couch would be great in the middle of the room, but now realize it completely interrupts your walking flow. Spending some time getting to know your new place will ensure you design it to fit your way of life.

Much of how you decorate your home is based on personal style. Be sure to let your personality, not bad design choices, shine through.

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