There are so many “rules” when it comes to interior design, it can be hard to keep up with them all. Despite the never-ending amount of tips being thrown your way, there are a few common mistakes that should be avoided when it comes to styling your home.
Liz Hayward from Hayward & Co shares her advice. “One of the most common mistakes in interior design is not thinking of the big picture or the overall scheme. So often I see clients head off to the shops and find a chair they love, or a lamp or even a cushion; and whilst that piece may be beautiful on its own, it doesn't mean it will work in with your home and the overall scheme you have created. This isn't to say that everything needs to match, quite the opposite, but every piece you bring into your home should be considered. The colour, texture, size and practicality of the piece should be considered to make sure it works in with your home and lifestyle.” Find out more about Hayward & Co by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
MyDeal Pro Tip:
Find a rug that fits your space. Of course, this doesn’t just refer to the size of the rug, but also the shape and design. You can put a rug in any room of the house, even the kitchen! When you’re choosing your rug, make sure that it flatters the design of your space. A traditionally designed space with a super modern rug may come across as a bit jarring. You can find the perfect rug from MyDeal that compliments your decor and flatters your size needs.
Australian contributor, Janet Dunn from Houzz shares a common problem, and an easy solution.
“Problem: Your dark painted walls are making your room feel a little closed-in.
Solutions:Good lighting is essential to reveal the tonal complexities in deep, saturated darks. Multiple light sources allow you to control the ambience and light direction. Combine uplights and downlights and don’t let the ceiling disappear into gloom. Also, bear in mind that an over-furnished room will seem more cave-like than one that’s simply furnished. Clear out clutter and non-essential furniture.
Far from restricting a colour palette, dark walls come to life when coupled with shades such as pale aqua and mint, silver-grey, teal, mustard, dusky pink and pumpkin yellow. And you can never go wrong with white. Another approach is to simply surrender to your dark side and go moody and monochrome. In this case, texture and layering are key to nailing this look – think dusky velvets, slubby linens and sensuous silks.” For more tips, inspiration and professionals to help with your home design project visit Houzz. Find out more about Houzz by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
MyDeal Pro Tip:
Avoid pushing your furniture up against the walls. If your space is small, pushing your furniture against the wall makes it appear even smaller. By placing the furniture a little bit away from the surface, you can allude to a larger space. This is primarily for your couch; choose a stunning sofa online can make your space look more welcoming and full of life. Make sure that your furniture is to scale with the rest of your room, as that is also a common interior design mistake.
Rajiv Agarwal from Wall Art Prints shares his advice. “The focal point in your room- Missing the trees for the forest. All interior spaces have a focal point. It can be an attractive coffee table or an ornate bed. Miss the focal point, and the interiors look insipid, cluttered or out of harmony. Not emphasizing the focal point enough is common design mistake. This happens if you either have too many objects which distracts from the central focal point or if you do not take time to understand the focal energy of the room and emphasis it. Fortunately, this is easy to fix. Once you identify the focal point in your room, it requires rearranging bits and pieces to bring it forward. Most probably, instead of buying more stuff, you would have to subtract some things, creating more space around the focal point. This is a win-win for you, as you don't spend any money, have an amazing looking space and end up with some items which you can use in other rooms and spaces!” Find out more about Wall Art Prints by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Open plan offices versus cubicle offices; they both have their pros and their cons. However, the trend of technologically advanced open plan offices seems to be all the rage at the moment, leaving the idea of a cubicle outdated and archaic. In line with startups, modern offices are often open plan, with lots of natural light and vibrant colours. Gone are the days where you have to sit at your desk, and your desk alone. The best open plan offices have spots dedicated to phone calls, creative arcs and even places where you can work out. When it comes to designing an open plan office, it’s important that you have bold and comfortable couches for your employees to sit on and take phone calls, colours that promote critical thinking and creativity, as well as enough discipline to maintain productivity. So, how can you design an open plan that is trendy, work-friendly and easy to manage?
Living in a small space has its perks, but it also has its drawbacks. Styling a space with limited room can be tough, as some furniture makes a space look tiny, some colours make the room look crowded; it’s a doozy. Here are some foolproof ways you can make the most out of your tiny apartment space.
Moving out of home and into uni residency can be daunting. Where do you put all your stuff? Will I be homesick? How can I make my room a space where I can actually study and enjoy myself? Here are some ways you can upgrade your dorm room, so it looks like it’s straight out of Tumblr or Pinterest.