Re-vamping your home can be a stressful experience, with countless decisions that need to be made.  We asked the Designist Pro team what the most common mistakes is that they see on a daily basis, to help you avoid doing the same (you can thank us later)

#1 Everything Matches

mistake too matchy

Making a room too 'matchy-matchy' is a common mistake we see often.  You don’t want your home to look like a furniture showroom, do you?  Sticking too closely to a colour scheme or buying a 10 piece furniture set can lead to the space feeling a bit too stiff, and lacking character. So how can you make the space harmonious but not too matchy? The Pro’s suggest that you should think about items that go together, rather than match, and make sure you have unexpected details.  "The best rooms are ones that look like they've been collected over time." 


#2  Grouping in even numbers

Mistake - home decor - even numbers

The saying Two's company, Three’s a crowd does not apply here.  The Pro’s have spoken and odd numbers are the way to go with home decoration.  Why is this? Well, mostly because too much symmetry makes a room look stale and cold. Most designers will tell you that the rule of three was put into effect due to the fact that an odd number of items looks more natural and less forced than an even-numbered grouping.  Lastly, when you see an odd number of things, your eye is forced to move around more, which makes for a great visual experience.


#3 Everything is the same height

Home Decor Mistake - Couch

Without sounding like the Interior Design Police, scale and proportion are the main pillars of design.. so this guideline is a biggy.  If everything in a room is the same size or if everything is either too big or too small, your room will not flow and tie in together.  So how can you check if you are not making this mistake?

The easiest trick is to think of your space as Johannesburg or New York’s city line, you will find a mix of height and a unique blend of fascinating building shapes.  Try this at home as well, make sure to mix and match large and small pieces, tall and short pieces.  For example, add a taller plant to counterbalance a low bench. Hang a mirror on the wall above the end table. A hanging light fitting is also a great piece to balance out a dining room table.

#4 Over Accessorizing

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We love a Knick knack or trinket as much as the next gal but the Pro’s would like to share some tips how to ensure your space looks well put together and not like a mish-mash of things.  Pro Tip:  Take a look at what you have and divide them into three categories: * The things that matter, The things that are important, Those things that you can do without.  Remove all that you can do without. If necessary repeat until you have removed enough items and order and balance has been restored.

By avoiding these design mistakes, you will love where you live even more!  Why not do our Style Quiz now to find out what your unique design style is today