The decoration of our house is an expression of ourselves, a way of telling our story and who we are. In this section we give you tips and tricks every day on what to do to have a magazine home, make it look bigger and more functional, where to find the best bargains and how to adapt to our home that wonderful inspiration that makes us fall in love with the networks. But today we have to get serious and review those mistakes in which it is very easy to fall without realizing it when remodeling our house … and that they have an even easier solution.
1. Not taking into account your needs or the space
Your house is not just any house, it is your home, and for that, the decoration must adapt to you, and not the other way around. It is useless if you put some wonderful clean white sofas if you have small children, that you bet on the purest minimalism and that means that you do not have the storage space you need or that you choose some beautiful but uncomfortable designer chairs if you are long after dinner tables. Get to know yourself, get to know your space and do a real interior design job That goes according to your tastes, but also to your day to day.
2. Not giving the importance it deserves to color and light
We never tire of repeating it: color and light are the two most important decorative elements in a house and, many times, we forget its importance and we believe that anything goes. Not choosing the main colors of our home well and not giving the light the value it deserves is an interior design mistake. As far as possible, follow the 60-30-10 rule of color combination, avoid cold tones if you want a warm home, very dark tones if it is a small room, do not fall for the impersonal effect ‘hospital’ (remember that white provides spaciousness, but there are many ranges of white) and, under no circumstances, cover points of natural light. Do you A trick that always works? Make beige and earth tones the protagonists, introduce light brushstrokes in your favorite colors through the textiles and small details, enhance natural light and, where it is not enough, place indirect and warm lighting points.
3. Horror vacui
Unless you are an expert in interior design, have a mansion or are very (very, very) daring, flee from excesses. More dangerous is the excessive minimalism that turns our house into the dentist’s office is the reckless maximalism that fills every corner with unnecessary ornaments that will make the spaces seem much smaller than they really are and give a feeling of overwhelm with just take a look at the room. Follow the Oosouji method of cleanliness and order, get rid of all the unnecessary and decorate with measure. More is more was never a good equation.
4. Not paying attention to details: from books to plants
Of course, as we said, it is as bad to sin by excess as by default and there is nothing less home than a house without personal details, without photos, without ornaments that tell our story, without pieces that evoke memories, without paintings that reflect our personality, without books read and to be read (not just ornamental books, please), without plants … without life , definitely.
5. Be a slave to trends
Decoration and fashion are two very similar disciplines, and if there is an unwritten rule that we should burn ourselves, it is that We should never dress (neither we nor our houses) with something that does not represent us. In the same way that we will not bet on the silhouette of a dress with which we do not feel comfortable, we should not decorate our house with an interior design proposal that does not go with our lifestyle. No matter how much it takes, There is no worse mistake (or more common) than letting ourselves be carried away by trends, having a magazine house … but entering it and feeling that we are ‘on loan’.
6. Not making good use of all storage spaces and living in chaos
One of the great problems of our houses is usually the lack of space and, many times, it is not ‘fault’ of the meters that we have but of poor use of resources that we have at our disposal. Functional furniture is great allies, follow these tips that we gave you to get a hole where it seems that there is none and, fundamentally, having order is key to achieving it.
7. To compartmentalize too much and not take the measures well
We close our list of unforgivable deco errors with a theme that may lead to some (slight) reform. If there is one thing that makes our house seem much smaller than it actually is, it is that we compartmentalize it too much, either with many rooms and partitions or with decorative elements (screens, tall furniture, shelves) that divide the rooms, like this How not to take the measurements well and that the size of furniture and structural elements are not consistent? The best thing to provide space, especially in small flats? Bet on open spaces (‘open concept) to the extent possible and for furniture that adapts to the reality of our home.