Well-designed rooms are meant to look effortlessly stylish. But in reality, good interior design requires a great deal of thought and expertise, typically from a professional property stylist. However, even if you aren’t well-versed in interior design, you can still learn some basic design principles to make your home look like it’s been professionally styled.
As any interior designer will tell you, part of the job is learning what not to do in terms of styling, so you can recognise common blunders and avert them. In this post, we’re taking a look at three of the biggest design mistakes that amateurs make, along with tips for avoiding them.
In interior design, scale is a challenging concept to master. If your furniture and décor doesn’t suit the size of your room, your space could instantly appear awkwardly empty or overwhelmingly cluttered.
To avoid this blunder, take accurate measurements before you buy anything. Be sure to capture all of the room’s dimensions, including the floors, walls, and ceilings. Ideally, your furniture and accessories (including sofas, chairs, rugs, and tables) should be a range of sizes to make your room look visually appealing. All artwork should be hung at eye level.
On first thought, it’s logical to want your decor and accessories to look good together. However, it’s one thing to make sure that your furniture and other home goods pair well with each other — but it’s another to make them overly matchy.
Experienced interior designers generally avoid placing multiple sets of matching furniture in a single room since they tend to make the room appear like a showroom rather than a unique space. Instead, professionals hand-select individual pieces that complement one another and create a more personal feel.
Trained property stylists understand that every room needs a focal point, but it’s a concept that’s often lost on amateur designers. Establishing a focal point gives people somewhere to look when they walk into the room, so they quickly understand the purpose of the space.
Sometimes, your room will have a built-in focal point, like a large window or a fireplace. Other times, it will be a piece of furniture or another item (like a TV or bed) that clearly defines the room’s purpose. But in other instances, you’ll need to establish your own focal point — whether it’s an accent wall, an eye-catching work of art, or a statement piece of furniture.
As you can see from these examples, there are quite a few pitfalls that you might experience as you’re designing your home. Luckily, some of these blunders are easy to fix. But to avoid a headache in the future, you might want to partner with a professional property styling firm for your interior design needs.
At Pabs, we provide property styling and home staging services for homeowners across Australia. Our team of experienced professionals has extensive experience in home design, real estate, and more, with a deep understanding of design principles and current market trends.
Learn more about Pabs by visiting our website or calling us on 1800 20 10 20.