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9 fatal mistakes that make your home look ugly

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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When trying to create a stunning home that has a great look and a wonderful feel, there are a number of pitfalls that you need to avoid. Interior designers are experts at sidestepping these really unfortunate mistakes, but us amateur decorators need all the help we can get, which is why we're going to tell you about the most common errors that you should be actively trying to avoid! By the end of this article, you won't be at risk of ruining otherwise beautiful motifs and genius ideas by making silly, avoidable mistakes, so let's get started.

1. Inconsistent style.

 Living room by Novodeco
Novodeco

DESPUÉS—SALÓN

Novodeco

While room to room, you can experiment with styling choices, in one area, you need to be consistent. Don;t start adding in new colors for no reason or disjointed motifs, as they are what you'll notice, even if you have a host of other really good ideas in place! 

2. Dire lighting!

There is no excuse for putting up with bad lighting! It's impractical, makes your home look drab and totally overshadows prettier, more impactful additions. Bathrooms and kitchens always seem to be really prone to terrible lighting choices, so remember to keep it bright, simple and effective!

3. Trying to combine too many materials.

 Kitchen by SALM Caminetti
SALM Caminetti

CUCINA RUSTICA 1

SALM Caminetti

We all love a wide variety of different materials, but that doesn't mean that they all need to be combined in one space! Try to keep like with like, so organic and man made will often be separate, and only have a maximum of three different composites in one room. If you don't, things will get really busy!

4. Bad use of space.

Every home has some small and awkward spaces that are hard to deal with effectively, but trying to force the issue by turning them into something that doesn't work well is a travesty! When in doubt, just leave the function out and have a bare space that looks clean and unfussy.

5. CLUTTER!

We don't need to tell you this, do we? Just in case you always ignore this tip, we are going to make it very clear and unavoidable for you… CLUTTER MAKES YOUR HOME LOOK AWFUL! Clear surfaces, clean spaces and a positive flow of energy always look, feel and function much better.

6. Going overboard with one finish.

 Bathroom by Novodeco
Novodeco

DESPUÉS—BAÑO

Novodeco

If you choose a design accent that looks amazing, don't be tempted to put it everywhere! it probably looks great, in part, because it is a contrast against other, more neutral elements in your home, but if you have it everywhere, it will lose its special appeal and look really dull!

7. Putting up with bland looks.

Just because something is the norm, it doesn't mean that you have to put up with it! If you want to enjoy some more daring or even colorful design, then go for it! The worst that can happen is that you have to return to the original state. This is really key in terms of facade finishes, as boring render can really bring you down, but a coat of paint could make all the difference.

8. Creating gloomy corridors.

Corridors and hallways have a natural propensity to be a little dark and gloomy but you can take an active stance against this by making sure that you decorate with light colors, make the most of natural light and add in some seriously effective artificial lighting too. Just try it and your once gloomy spaces will triple in perceived space.

9. Too much furniture!

We've saved the biggest design no-no for last, just to make sure that it stays in your memory! Having too much furniture in a room simply swallows up all the available space, makes it feel cluttered, busy and hard to navigate and eventually, you'll just grow to hate it! Less can be more, in terms of furniture, so ficus on quality, impactful pieces, as apposed to quantity of items!

For more design advice, take a look at this article: 6 tips that interior designers never tell you before you wire money to them.

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