There are a good deal of books and magazines offering advice and inspiration on how to decorate homes today. In addition, TV shows as well as online features provide us with a wide range of wonderful advice on the things that one needs to buy or look into in order to decorate a beautiful home. But it is extremely difficult to know much in advance of the things that need to be avoided before commencing on a decorating project.
Here is a crucial list of things that you should NOT do, not now, not in the future, never! Period.
1. Do not let somebody else take decisions for you.
Your home is your own private world; your personal space, your Nirvana. Do not let someone else, command you on what needs to be done or how you should go about it, when decorating your home. At all times, if you require help, request advice and suggestions from people who have been there before and are willing to put in a word of friendly guidance. But at the end of the day, when the time comes to making decisions, you should be the sole decision maker. Remember, what you have set out to do is your own, and you should feel ‘at home’ decorating your own space and being comfortable with your own decisions.
2. Do not set out to paint first.
Under no circumstances, should you set out to begin painting in your home. If you are decorating a new home for the first time, look into other important elements that need your attention such as choosing carpets, fabrics, upholstery etc. and similar such requirements.
3. Do not opt for colours in a retail environment.
If you have been enamoured by certain fabrics, paints, or floorings on your first visit to a store, do not rush to buy them. Request for various samples of paint shades, carpet fibres or patches of fabric so that you can take it back to your place and see how they would appear in your home or what it looks like in broad daylight. Almost every retail store that houses furnishings and decor items, portray their goods in appealing lights, and what you may consider to be of a particular colour may be altogether different in real light. Take home the samples and check them out in natural surroundings and compare their appearances in the morning light and in the evening.
4. Do not splash your favourite colours everywhere.
For example: If you are a sucker for the colour red, it is not necessary that you need to choose the boldest and brightest red for your walls. Nor is it necessary to get everything in the house connected to red. On the contrary, opt for a slightly subtle shade to create a background for the entire house and let accessories belonging to your favourite colour in your home, stand out.
5. Get into knowing more about the psychology of colour.
A relaxing environment or a soothing sanctuary cannot be painted in flashy neon or fluorescents. If you need your own private room to be relaxing and calming, opt for soothing shades of green or blue. On the other hand, family rooms or children’s playrooms can be painted in shades of red or orange that convey where the action lies. Prepare a colour scheme in advance to help you create an ideal living atmosphere you want in a particular room or all over the house.