Written By: Holli McCray
Here’s to new living spaces in 2020!
It’s a new year, which means new opportunities to design and decorate your living space the way you want to live. Many people relish the idea of decorating, while others dread the very thought. Whether you’re the proud owner of a new home or looking to spruce up your forever home, you’ll want to avoid these common design mistakes.
Everyone loves their grandma, but maybe not her outdated collection of figurines. Not only is sentimental décor a pain to dust, it typically adds clutter to the room which can add unwanted stress to your life, so ditch the kitsch. According to organizing guru, KonMari, keep only the items that bring you joy.
If you’re an art lover, you know, there’s no such thing as too much. But practically speaking, too much art and/or family photos on display can crowd a room. We believe in keeping family at the center of every home, so save your table space and opt for a gallery wall (or two). Displaying your favorite photos or artworks on a gallery wall instead allows you to switch them out whenever you’d like. The experts at HGTV suggest organizing the rest of your photos in albums by decade or event and keep them nicely arranged on a bookshelf.
Dried Flower Arrangements
Years ago, dried flower arrangements used to be a lot more common. But if you ask a design expert like Nate Berkus, “how exactly do you clean them?” Instead of collecting dust and aggravating allergies, opt for house plants and fresh flowers. Adding a little green can also clear toxins in the air and bring a space to life.
According to Rutgers, studies have shown that fresh flowers have an immediate impact on happiness and a long-term positive effect on moods. Study participants reported feeling less depressed, anxious, and agitated after receiving flowers. Flowers also create intimate connections. Giving and receiving flowers creates positive contact between family and friends. (Hint: Remember this tip for Valentine’s Day!)
Too much of a good thing, can be a bad thing. According to Young House Love, Ideally, you want a room to “coordinate” but not “match.” Rooms that coordinate have varied textures, prints, materials, and tones that work together and appear balanced and cohesive. Rooms that look collected over time (and feature a variety of tones, textures, and materials) always look eons more stylish than rooms that look like they could have been purchased all at once from one store.
If you’ve been on Pinterest lately, you know that dark walls are in. Kitchens, dining rooms, powder rooms, and more are enrobed in rich shades from gray to navy to black. You may even be tempted to paint an accent wall to change things up, but we’d like to caution you against going too dark. According to Country Living, deeper hues, while warm and cozy, can have the unwanted effect of making a room feel small or cave-like. Dark colors can also heat up quickly in the sun—and that sunlight can cause fast fading. Plus, they’re pretty unforgiving when it comes to imperfections (meaning you’re going to see every lap mark and drywall chip) which can be difficult to touch up or paint over if you eventually decide you want to lighten up again.
Don’t let your rooms feel dated by hanging onto dated (or even worse, damaged) cabinet hardware. Make small changes like switching the hardware on your kitchen or bath cabinets for a big impact. Kitchen cabinet hardware affects the look and feel of not just your kitchen cabinets, but the entire room. The shape of and finish on your pulls, knobs, and handles can put the final touch on your kitchen design. The very same cabinet might have a vintage feel with porcelain knobs, or a contemporary look with brushed nickel pulls. You can give your kitchen a very personalized treatment with something custom, like artistic glass knobs, or handworked metal in oil-rubbed bronze. Think of the hardware like jewelry for your cabinets. Let it speak for your style – be that contemporary, modern, vintage or traditional. Check out some of Bob Villa’s favorite examples here.
The most important thing to remember about designing and decorating your home is to remain true to you. Fads and trends may be hip, but you’re the one who’s going to have to live with it. That said, we are always here to help you with decisions about updating your home and how it can affect its resale value. Don’t ever hesitate to reach out to us!