10 Interior Design Mistakes That Can Easily Be Solved With Small Tricks
Some people are so obsessed with Feng Shui that whenever they set foot inside a room they can sense what goes against its rules. One massive mistake for example is placing greenery inside your bedroom. This tactic though, couldn’t be more right about the rest of your house that surely needs all the green illumination it can have. This and other small design tricks can fully transform the image of your interiors.
1. You don’t align photos properly.
Almost everyone decorates their home with various photos, frames, and paintings on the walls. When we are in the living room specifically, it’s important to fill big empty spaces on the wall. If such a big space exists right above the main big couch, you should avoid hanging just one photo or painting.
It’s best to have a variety of frames in different sizes but similar designs. Place the photos so that the outer edge of the frames makes a big square or a rectangle. This is called “outer align.”
2. You don’t create zones.
First, decide where the bed will be. Feng shui says that you should be able to see the door while lying in bed but that it shouldn’t line up directly with it. That being said, follow your heart. It’s your bedroom, after all.
From there, create small areas according to specific activities:
- For example, add a small couch or comfy chairs at the end of the bed. This will provide space to put your shoes on or just relax.
- Another good option, if there’s a window, is to place a chair and table near it to serve as a breakfast place or a reading nook while looking at the view.
- If you like wearing makeup, get a bedroom vanity to store and apply your makeup while getting ready for the day.
3. You don’t add multiple sources of light.
Maybe having just one light source is practical, but it’s not enough to brighten the whole room, plus it “steals” your square footage visually. The best solution, according to experts, is to layer the lights. Be sure to have your lighting on dimmers from multiple sources at different heights, like floor lamps and table lamps. And always choose soft white bulbs.
4. You don’t create a focal point.
A focal point is the first thing you see when entering a room. It can be created using a special picture, a piece of art, or a dramatic piece of furniture, or it can also be an architectural feature of the room. There are several ways to create one:
- If there’s a window in the bedroom, orient all the seating inside to face it and take advantage of the view.
- If you place a painting on the wall, make it the main attraction by having the lighting face it. Spotlights are perfect for this. Frame it and center it on the wall at eye level, and put nothing else on that wall.
- Another option is painting a wall a different color or accenting it with patterned wallpaper. This will instantly draw the eye to it.
- Use decorative wall molding behind the bed to frame it and, at the same time, make it the focal point.
5. You add way too small carpets.
Small carpets make the place look smaller, and big ones — vice versa. For example, if only a coffee table can fit on the carpet, it’s too small. And if you can put a table, a side of the couch, and the front legs of an armchair on it, it’s big enough.
Aside from making the place appear bigger, carpets can divide the place into areas. For example, if you don’t want to put screens or tall wardrobes in the middle of the room to separate the sleeping area from where you work, you can use a carpet to do it.
6. You don’t scale up your furniture.
- Get a bed frame in a bigger size. Besides having it serve as a filler for the bedroom, it has several advantages — a larger space to lie down will undoubtedly make your sleeping more comfortable, especially if you’re tall or sleep with a partner.
- Swap your nightstands for chests with drawers. Normal nightstands can look minute in a big bedroom or next to a large king-size bed. Wider furniture will therefore ground and balance the space better. Besides that, you’ll get more storage, which is always positive.
Kitchen counter heights are often too high or too low for many people, ending in strained shoulders and back and neck pain when cooking. Experts advise getting the right height measurements before installing the kitchen countertops. If you already have this problem, there are 2 temporary solutions: if the countertop is too low, stack the cutting boards and stand on a sturdy stool if it’s too high.
7. You don’t hide the toilet tank in the wall.
If possible, make sure that the toilet doesn’t even reach the floor — it will make it super easy to clean the dust around it. Also, hide the tank in the wall. It’s simple: no tank means no additional surface for the dust to collect on.
8. You don’t play with patterns and color
When choosing the same color for the entire room, our spaces look one-dimensional and without depth. This problem can easily be solved by following these tips:
- Darker colors can make a room feel smaller. Paint the ceiling a darker color than the walls. This will make it appear lower, so the room feels cozier.
- Paint the walls in a warm color. Warmer colors like terracotta, orange, red, or brown appear like they’re moving toward us; this can help a huge bedroom to feel cozier and smaller.
- A wallpaper with a visually complex pattern helps to make a large space appear smaller. Pick a complex wallpaper and put it on your walls, either on all of them or on one of them, to create a focal point, as described above.
9. You don’t add enough natural elements.
Having plants at home has become a huge trend among Millenials, and the truth is we should be thankful that’s the case. Not only do they help clean the air in the areas of your home, but they also give them a super trendy green touch, which makes any corner look great. A fresh and modern house should have some plants in it.
10. You place the TV on eye level or lower.
When talking about small apartments, it’s better to place TVs above eye level. Ideally, it would help if you hung it on the wall. To watch something, you will need to lift your head, so the walls will seem higher than they really are. Besides, by doing this, you will create space under the TV to put something else there.
What modifications do you think your personal spaces need to transform into a safe and glamorous haven?