We have worked with hundreds of clients and every one, some more than others, have run into these “deceptions”. Read carefully, because we bet that one or more of these errors are keeping you away from your true style.
The good news is that all these mistakes are easy to solve or to avoid. Find how.
Error # 1: furnish everything immediately
Completing the furniture right away is one of the most frequent mistakes. Especially in a new house, it is difficult to resist the temptation to furnish the entire apartment before living there.
If you think like that, it is almost inevitable to notice after a short time that you have made several wrong choices, both in terms of practicality and style.
The advice we give is to have patience. A house needs time to be lived and “understood”. Better to concentrate on the minimum necessary, the rest will come by itself with the new needs.
You can buy accessories and accessories a little at a time. They will reflect your lifestyle and taste much more.
Error # 2: create spaces that are not good for your lifestyle
Another common mistake is not to think about practicality and functionality.
Too often for economic reasons or incorrect assessment, we allow the internal distribution of the house to affect our lifestyles wrongly. It ends up like this, having rooms with no purpose, like the dining room that is “pretty” yes, but it is never used or you find yourself with a room crammed with stuff, and you call it a “multi-purpose” room.
The main mistake is to think that a beautiful house is made such by the furnishings, therefore, the design is often neglected because it is considered superfluous or of little importance. Here the aesthetics take the upper hand on practicality. But it doesn’t make sense to have a trendy house, to the detriment of the needs of those who live there, that is you.
So, first of all, we have to design the spaces based on what your real needs are, guaranteeing all practical and comfortable aspects in favor of greater liveability in the home.
Make sure all the rooms in your home have the right weight. Create an adequate space to do all the things that are important to you and your family.
In the end, no matter how beautiful your home may be, you will never feel comfortable if the spaces are not able to accommodate your habits.
Error # 3: play “safe” with neutral colors
Choosing a common color shade in the various rooms helps to harmonize the entire home environment. Having a good neutral color default is essential for the color palette of the entire home. But you don’t have to get carried away by a completely neutral palette just because it’s a “safe” choice or because you have the conviction that “neutral colors go with everything and will last over time”.
Let’s debunk a myth: neutral shades do not always match with everything and neutrals do not always go well with other neutral colors. Try mixing beige and gray in the same room and you will realize it.
Most neutral colors are not really “indifferent”. They are a color like any other. They may look gray, beige or white, but they always have a warmer or colder undertone. That’s why sometimes you buy something that looks gray in the store, but once you get home you see it “bluish”.
So the choice of the right neutral colors can be more complex than the choice of other colors.
If you love neutral colors and have understood all the secrets and nuances, then use them. But if you’ve chosen these shades because you’re afraid of making mistakes, but have never convinced you, then it’s time to bring some color into your life. It could be just what your home lacks to make it more comfortable.
Choose a color to decorate your completely neutral home. Try your favorite color. Don’t think that the best way to introduce color into a room is to paint the walls. It is certainly effective, but it is not the only one. Try adding your personal touch of color with accessories. In this regard, read 30 ways to add color to your home without painting.
Once your trust and confidence have grown with the accessories, you can start to bring colors in a more extended form like on some furniture, paintings, and walls.
Error # 4: choose only one style of furniture
It is right to look for and follow a single thread throughout the house, but nobody says it should be a single style. This is one of the most common mistakes, which makes your home completely lacking in personality.
If you force yourself into a single style, it is to take or leave, no half measure, no concession. Instead, you will get a little too much monotony and boredom. In general, it feels good in environments with slightly contrasting elements, of which our gaze feels automatically attracted. This does not happen in a monotonous room.
In these pages, for example, we have often seen how vintage fits well into homes furnished in Scandinavian or industrial style and can create a pleasant contrast: both enrich each other by creating something new. The same thing happens for the shabby chic style and the industrial one. But there is an immense variety of interior design styles that combine perfectly together.
Don’t worry, mixing styles is easier than it looks. We need balance, of course, we need to keep in mind a well-defined “background” mood, preferably combining a few elements.
The trick is to take a step back from the predefined decorating styles and instead focus on the specific elements you love within each style. For example, you may like the clean lines of the Scandinavian style, but also the bleached wood of shabby chic, as well as the iron elements “from a former factory” of the industrial style. Once you’ve identified your favorite style elements, you can mix them to create your own style.
Be inspired by the images on our blog and the Pinterest boards.
Error No. 5: choose trends rather than personal tastes
With all the inputs coming from the outside, it’s easy to fall into the trap of trying to keep up with the trends of interior design. Unfortunately, what ends up happening is filling your home with furniture and generic accessories that have no personal meaning, no matter how fashionable they are.
Our customers often ask us how to anticipate trends in their home, because nobody wants to buy a trend before it becomes outdated. But it is not realistic, sooner or later every trend will become “out of fashion”.
The best thing to do is to choose a type of furniture that is really meaningful to you. Then it will never tire you.
Choose for your home furnishings and accessories that tell your personal story. Personalizing your home is essential. Don’t worry about what is fashionable. If you want to make your furniture timeless, look for what you love regardless of trends.
An easy thing? Choose, for example, accessories and decorations that are linked to your story and the history of your family. It can be as simple as showing off a collection that has an affective meaning for you or hanging old oars on the wall if they remind you of the good times spent on the lake. The personal touch will increase the feelings of well-being and the “welcoming spirit” of the environment.
So learn to get the most out of your furniture, avoiding the most common mistakes.