I think my favourite part of being an interior decorator is getting to snoop inside people’s homes.
With their permission of course, I’m not a psycho that goes door knocking asking to come in and check out their house… Although that kind of did happen once when I Instagramed a photo of a particular house I’d been watching over a few months get renovated and then the owner happened to see my post and invited me over to help with some decorating issues.
So maybe I am that psycho… anyways.
Since I’ve snooped in my fair share of homes over the years I think it’s fair to say I know what I’m talking about when it comes to identifying mistakes we all make in decorating. I’ve narrowed this list down to five things but trust me, there’s plenty of other things. Especially in bachelor pads. That have their own particular stench. And are filled with ugly black leather furniture. OK I’m getting off topic.
What are the top five home decor mistakes you ask?
1. Tiny Rugs
Don’t be ashamed, nearly all of us have done this.
Placing a postage stamp sized rug in your living room and walking on cold floor boards around the room because the rug is just sitting nicely under your coffee table keeping his feet warm in winter instead of yours!
You’ll never regret a large rug, but chances are you’ll end up regretting purchasing a rug that’s too small for the space. It’ll look like your furniture is crammed into one section of the room, a large rug helps define the space and funnily enough actually makes the room appear larger than it is.
How do you work out what you need for the room? Measure your sofa’s length and add about 30cms to either end (60cms in total). E.g. If your sofa measures 190cm wide, you’ll need your rug to be a minimum of 250cms wide.
Luckily for you, most rug companies make their rugs in standard sizes like 250 x 350cm so you’ll easily be able to find an off the rack solution to your postage stamp problem.