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The 10 most common interior fails

The 10 most common interior fails

From using an excessively mall mat to placing all furniture along the wall; There are many interior flaws that take away from the overall impression of your home. Below we list ten of the most common interior fails and tips on how to avoid them!Photo by Alexandra Gorn Curtains blocking the natural lightThick curtains can be extremely beautiful, but if they prevent daylight from reaching the entire room, your room will feel much less inviting.Do this instead: Choose a clean curtain in a neutral color. It provides texture and warmth while being crisp and bright enough to allow more of the much sought-after daylight. To maximize natural light if your room has small windows – avoid placing furniture directly in front of the windows, especially if the furnitures are taller than the window boards.Curtains hanging too lowHanging the curtains just above the window or halfway between the window and the ceiling used to be the norm, but according to the pros it is a missed opportunity.Do this instead: Hang the curtains as close to the ceiling as you can. This makes even small windows look big. Also extend the curtains on the width so that they extend 10-15 cm (4-6") past the outer edge of the window board. In this way, most of the window is visible when the curtains are not shut closed, creating the illusion of larger windows and maximizing natural light.Too small carpetToo small a mat can make a room feel divided and chopped and easily destroy the overall impression of the room.Do this instead: Allow the carpet to extend beyond the edges of the furniture or furnitures. In large rooms, it is best to have a larger mat where the furniture is directly on the mat, while a furniture in a smaller room can advantageously stand outside the mat as long as some of the legs are still on the mat.Paintings hanging at the wrong heightHaving to bend your neck to be able to look at a painting is both uncomfortable and impractical. You want your eyes to be able to wander around the room in a natural way, which is only possible if the paintings are at eye level.Here's how: Try splitting the walls into four horizontal rows. Hang your paintings or art in the second row from the top. To test if it works, you can use paint tape to measure the paintings on the wall before you hang them up.Furniture along the wallIf you have a small room, the first instinct might be to push every single piece of furniture as close to the wall as possible, but it can make the room feel even smaller! The “breathing room” near the walls makes a space feel bigger.Do this instead: Let a couple of furniture "float" in the room. Try to decorate a small room with two armchairs and a small mat a bit away from the wall. It gives the illusion of a more airy and less crowded room!White, white, whiteA common misconception is that painting a room completely in white also makes it feel larger and more beautiful, but it does not always work. If the room is very little natural light then white walls can easily look flat and dull.Do this instead: Try painting the room in a more neutral tone, e.g. a soft gray. These have soft, bluish undertones that give the illusion that the wall changes color during the day, giving the space a little more life than a regular white color would.Too bright lightsLighter is not always better when it comes to lamps. Lamps with far too high watts can make a room feel cold and sharp instead of warm and cozy.Do this instead: Stick to lamps with 60-75 watts in public areas where you still want work lights without being too intense and harsh. In more personal spaces such as bedrooms and bathrooms, 40-60 watts is your best option. It gives a softer and more atmospheric light while there is still sufficient lighting for e.g. reading. Another tip is to use more light sources instead of just having a ceiling light as the only light source in a room.Too few and too small paintingsIf you have a large wall with a lonely, small painting, it simply looks a little funny, as if the lone painting is floating on the wall rather than anchoring the space. It easily becomes distracting and does not utilize the room's full potential!Do this instead: There is a simple rule of thumb to hang art above a bed or sofa. The painting or artwork must fill at least two-thirds of the wall space directly above the furniture in order for it to feel balanced. However, you do not need to get a giant board to fill the space, but can "cheat" a little by hanging several paintings in an asymmetrical grid above the furniture and thus filling the same wall surface.Too many decorative pillowsIt's easy to feel that you need a whole lot of decorative pillows to make your sofa feel cozy, but far too many pillows can instead have the opposite effect.Do this instead: Stick to the simple. Two pillows on each end are really all you need to make a sofa feel both hip and cozy without feeling overcrowded and cluttered. If you want to increase the cozy factor, try using a large and a smaller pillow at each end of the sofa.Furnitures blocking the room's flowIt may be tempting to set the sofa so that it faces a window or fireplace, but if that means you are greeted by the back of the sofa as you enter the room then it is generally less pleasant. To be met by the back of the sofa, and the backs of those sitting in it, when you walk into a room can easily feel unwelcome.Do this instead: If you have a large wall, use it to anchor your sofa in the room. It is much nicer to be met by a couch or armchair's front when entering a room because they are not as clumsy. If, on the other hand, you can't hide the sofa's back against a wall, you can always soften the look by placing a small console table in front of your back and decorating it with books and other decorative items.

Affordable Accessorising: Small Things That Make a Big Impact

Affordable Accessorising: Small Things That Make a Big Impact

Whether you’re planning on perking up your colour palette, or introducing a feature wall to your living room, there are a number of ways you can add elegance to your home with simple shots of detail. Since the resurgence of restored furniture and decorative interior pieces, recreating interior sophistication without blowing your budget has never been simpler.Here we explore how to switch up your interior style utilising affordable accessories to give your home an interior edge.Details matterWhen it comes to your home, the little things can really make a difference. And choosing which areas of your home you want to emphasise can determine the kind of accessories you introduce. Your chosen accessories should perfectly reflect your interior style – with country themed spaces benefiting from heavy floral materials, and Scandi style homes being all about the minimal industrial touches. If your interior falls into the country chic style, consider distressing edges of your furniture to add an extra sense of depth into your home. Patterned wall murals can give a quirky finish to drawers and cupboard doors, and give you potential accent colours to channel through the rest of your home.Create ambienceCreating a multi-functional space needn’t stop at the furniture you choose. Home accessories that provide a number of functions are particularly welcomed for small interior spaces. Inexpensive decorative elements such as candles and incense sticks can add extra ambience to any space that needs a little TLC. Upcycling is still a huge trend so don’t be afraid to get lost in the hunt – check out any local car boot sales or flea markets for quirky lighting or home accessories that bring something different to your space.

How to reimagine the forgotten corners of your home

How to reimagine the forgotten corners of your home

Beautifying a corner space can be a tricky situation, and making the right choice in the relation to the rest of your room can often showcase interior anomalies. Simple decorative additions and minimal details can create a captivating corner makeover, but choosing what to do in the corner of your room really depends on the layout and interior theme. There are times when a space looks perfectly balanced without the inclusion of any kind of corner details, while other homes benefit hugely from a corner update.Here we explore what interior ideas you can use in the corners of your home that need a little love.Cosy nooksIf your living space area is limited, then consider utilising the most of your room by introducing functional décor solutions. Comfy accent chairs work beautifully in living rooms, and side tables with statement lamps are a great option for hallways or areas to introduce some light. While a combination of all these things look fabulous in larger living spaces, you can create the ultimate spot for relaxation with a fabric chair and ottoman, and style it up with a printed throw to add interesting textures to your interior space.Striking shelvingBrighten up your corners and utilise your vertical space with shelving. Bookworms can proudly display their favourite books while ornament lovers can showcase the best of their trinket collection. If you’re a self-proclaimed minimalist, opt for closed cabinets to keep the clutter at bay, or take the ‘less is more’ approach by featuring a select few decorative items on your shelving.Alternative featuresThere’s nothing quite like the allure of a glowing wood burner – an interior focal point for many. With the ability to tie together different parts of the home so beautifully, it’s really no surprise that they’re a regular fixture on many people’s home wish lists. Introducing a corner wood burner to your home can really brighten up a space and give a whole new feeling in your room. It works well for rooms that are slightly misshapen and rectangular in length to help restore a feeling of balance to your space.

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