Common Design Mistakes

Many television programs, magazines, and websites are dedicated to giving you home decorating ideas, but it’s also a good tip to consider what NOT to do!  Here are some of the top interior design mistakes that homeowners make, and some simple tips on how to avoid them.  BILTRITE Furniture – Leather – Mattresses is here to help you avoid these common design mistakes.

Not using color and light

Color and light have perhaps the biggest impact on how a room looks and feels. Many people shy away from painting their walls because they’re afraid of choosing the wrong color, or they use only light colors to “make the room look bigger.”

Striking wall colors are dramatic, and they will pull together all the smaller elements in your room.  If a whole room of vibrant color sounds like too much for you, try painting just one or two accent walls for your color statement.

Proper lighting is also important in interior decorating.  In most rooms, overhead lighting is simply not enough, nor is it particularly flattering.  Try to incorporate as much natural light through your windows as possible – it’s uplifting and warms any room.  Adding floor lamps, table lamps, and dimmers on overhead lights will give you more options for brightening the room for multiple tasks, as well as the ability to change the mood.

Out of control accessories

Accessories are supposed to enhance a room, not take it over.  Avoid filling every inch of flat surface with frames, candles, plants, vases, and various knick-knacks.  If you don’t give your accessories some space, they stop serving as accent pieces and start looking like clutter.

Experts suggest rotating your accents so that all your favorite things get the spotlight and focus they deserve.  This will keep your home interesting and fresh for both you and your guests!

Furniture that doesn’t fit

Too much furniture in a room will make it seem crowded and uncomfortable, but too little furniture in a room seems boring and uninviting.  To find the right balance, measure your space to buy furniture that fits.  A standard sofa is about 84 inches long, but if you have a big room you might consider a sectional or oversized piece. If you have a smaller scale room, you might consider a small scale sofa, starting at 66 inches. BILTRITE Furniture-Leather-Mattresses specializes in small scale furniture.  You should figure in at least 18 inches between a sofa and coffee table, and three feet around a dining table for people to pull out chairs.

It’s just as bad to buy pieces that are too small, thinking you can add more pieces to fill the space.  Plan out your arrangement, think it over, and then find the pieces that are just right.



Randi K., 4th Generation Family Member