Your home is your sanctuary as well as the place where you and your family spend a plentiful amount of time. However, providing a welcoming and comfortable environment that still adequately shows off your individuality can be a bit more difficult than anticipated, especially if you lack the expertise of a professional interior designer. Luckily, a little know-how goes a long way, and by avoiding these 5 decorating mistakes when making interior renovations, you can create a beautiful and functional space.

1. Poor Lighting

We are not talking about chandeliers here – although there is something wonderful to be said about a particularly beautiful lamp or statement overhead piece – but rather the lighting your lamp emits. Good lighting can make a huge impact on indoor spaces. The harshness of light has the effect to change a room’s overall color, tone and mood. Select lighting for each room that is appropriate – dimmer for living rooms, brighter for areas with more activity, such as the kitchen.

2. Boring Wall Color

Beige is simple. Ecru is easy. But just because that wall color goes with everything, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best option. Don’t fear color. Bold colors make a statement, even if it’s just one wall.

Top Decorating Mistakes Image13. Clutter

The quickest way for a room to look disheveled is to have it be overly cluttered. Have a designated area for your things by utilizing hidden storage spaces – ottomans, etc. – or installing built-in shelving.

4. Ignoring Windows

Natural lighting is a beautiful thing. Bare windows are not. It is important to have something on your windows, whether it be blinds, a simple shear, heavy draperies or a lovely combination of all three.

5. Avoid Matchy Matchy

It’s so easy to get lost in matching everything together. Pink bedding, pink pillows, pink curtains, pink walls – it’s a slippery slope! Be sure to include some complimentary pieces to break up the monotony.

A little bit of effort can go a long way when it comes to properly decorating your home. It can also be a much less daunting task when you know what common mistakes to avoid. If you are looking into a home renovation or just interested in changing things up, give Stratton exteriors a call with your questions. We are happy to help assist with your home’s upgrades.