We’ve all been there. You’re not the only one who has come across these issues. Here are five of the most common design mistakes and ways to avoid them in the future.
Matching new furniture to old furniture
With styles changing from year to year, it can become difficult to match new pieces to that 15-year-old sofa, chair, etc. I always ask my customers, “Why are you keeping this”? Often times, the answer will be “It’s like new”. With that being said, many clients will begin to see just how hard it is to select ‘new’ fabrics that also coordinate with the ‘old’ fabrics, or, once the new furniture is delivered, finding that they are not completely satisfied with the overall look of each together. Don’t design around “old” furniture. You will lock yourself in and more than likely change it in the end. Let it go! If you are determined to keep a piece, consider reupholstering it to update your entire look.
Over and under accessorizing
We all love the finishing touches that accessories add, but sometimes they can add too much or too little. We have all been in that house that has knick-knacks scattered everywhere. Maybe that’s your home. I know you love your family, but does your third cousin’s picture need to be on the sofa table? Let’s declutter and add some decorative items to that table to break up all of those photos. And having 10 things on one shelf must go! Choose 4 of your favorite items and get rid of the rest. On the contrary, you don’t want your home to feel sterile either. Warm it up by adding decorative vases, books, candleholders and art. Decorative pillows can add so much to a plain sofa. Let’s tell a story and express your personality!
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Jessica Forston, Owner