From too much clutter to furniture that doesn’t fit, make sure to avoid these common mistakes when decorating your home. The result is a space you love and a home that will appeal to others when it comes time to sell and move on.

Don’t let clutter take over

There’s nothing worse for making your room look small and cramped than clutter! At the next refurbishment, keep in mind how much storage space you need and where everything goes – this is a great opportunity to not only tidy up, but also find storage solutions to give your room a more steamy look and a better feeling of space .

Mix things up a bit

You may have a color theme, but don’t overdo it and make sure everything in the room fits together. When it comes to color, sometimes less is more. Red curtains, walls, tiles, accessories… sometimes it’s too much. Instead, look for complementary colors or consider using an accent color in just one or two areas like the image above so you can easily change the color scheme in the future.

Don’t forget to measure before buying furniture

Whatever the size, shape or purpose of your room, make sure your furniture fits properly. A large sofa can dominate a small room and make it difficult to navigate, and a rug or mirror that is too small can look lost. When you buy furniture, calculate the floor space they occupy before pressing the order button!

Make sure you have the right lighting

Good lighting is so important, especially here in Scotland when the autumn and winter months mean extended periods of darkness. Consider the size of your room and the required lighting. For example, a bright cold light in a cozy room is too strong, and soft dim light in a kitchen can prevent you from seeing what you’re eating! Consider the areas that need the most light and whether lamps, wall lights, or spotlights work best.

Don’t have too many contrasting patterns in one room

Many designers will mix different patterns in a room, but it’s hard to get it right if you don’t have an expert eye. You can combine large and small flowers or stripes and checks, but be careful not to confuse the eye. The rule of thumb is to mix no more than three cartridges in a room.

Choose the right artwork

Art is a very personal thing, and you should only have pieces in your home that you love and that are a reflection of who you are, after all you are the one who looks at it every day! It’s important to think about where you’re going to hang your pictures, as the bottom of a wall decor or photo should be 20 to 10 inches above a piece of furniture, but you can also go off-piste and mix it up a bit like the picture up here.

Don’t go overboard with the pillows

Most homes have a mix of comfy pillows, but make sure you don’t have too many on your bed or couch and make sure they match your color scheme!

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