Decorating your home is not a child’s play. There are a lot of investments that go into it: your precious time, hard-earned pounds and above all a heart teeming with beautiful design expectations. And there is a risk of double heartbreak if it doesn’t turn out even half as well as you expected after investing so much. So whether you are an apprehensive newbie looking for home decoration tips to get it right the first time, or some homeowner trying to have a better painting and decorating experience than the last time, please read and avoid these major decorating blunders homeowners in the UK often commits.
Put the cart (er…paint) before the horse (house furnishing):
Paint is indeed what makes the biggest difference to the look and feel of your space, however it’s easier to find and model your paint as per the furnishing (furniture, rugs, draperies etc.) than doing it other way around.
Now coming back to the painting, avoid colors too bright or intense. Mix colors and try different combination, do a swatch to see what will provide the best effect. Glossy white adds formality, rich jewel tones portray sophistication while trying out something bold and different will make the design a bit trendy. Whatever floats your boat, just make sure you hire a qualified painter in the UK to get the best out of the exercise.
Buying furniture without measuring:
The suave looking dining table John – my neighbor – bought turned out too big for his dining space. He was shocked as it had looked fine sitting on the vast showroom floor. You’d be surprised to know how often it happens with UK homeowners who have the propensity to buy furniture without measuring how much space they have in store for them.
Don’t fall for this popular mistake. Measure the space available for each item you want to fit in. Allow the cold numbers and measurement guide your buying decision instead of your eyes and sense of beauty.
Even if there is a particular set you just can’t help buying, there is a way out if you know the measurement of your space. Just ask the store manager if they have a variant small or big enough for your need and who knows it might work.
Trying to shop everything from the same store:
Don’t be lazy. Give time and space to your shopping. You don’t have to buy all the stuff from the same shop your entire neighborhood does. Stand out from the crowd. Go for online stores that draw from different brands and manufacturers or try boutiques which carry different design lines.
Not balancing bold hues with pale ones:
If you want your design to stand out, you have to stop being the part of the crowd. Be unique by being a little adventurous. Give your pale and suave looking walls a dramatic look by adding bold and contrasting pieces like wall art or drapes to it. Do the opposite if walls have bolder tones. The good thing about this is you can always change these pieces to give your interior a different look.
Always balance the bold tones with lighter ones to maintain a balance and decent look. Just like too much spices do more harm than good to the taste of food, going overboard with bold hues will make your space look crowded, confused and tacky.
Too many home decoration choices making the life difficult for you? Don’t hesitate to call in an expert in the form of a competent home adviser. Choose Bag a Builder – an online pool of hundreds of qualified tradesmen across the UK.
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