The Stables, Gourdon, Aberdeenshire:   by Roundhouse Architecture Ltd

25 decorating traps we don't want you to fall into

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Wouldn't it be marvellous if we were all totally faultless? Well, how we decorate our homes can be, thanks to the tips and tricks that we've gleaned from professional interior designers

From keeping plenty of traffic space in your living room through to hiding away all your cables and keeping your home furnishing schemes simple, we think we've covered all bases here, so come take a look and see if you agree!

1. Never use fake flowers to decorate as they attract dust. Go for the real deal

2. Don't fall into the trap of overflowing your bed with too many pillows

Scarlett Bed: modern Bedroom by Living It Up
Living It Up

Scarlett Bed

Living It Up

3. Overloading on accessories is a sure-fire way to make your space cluttered instead of cosy

4. Don't fear colour, it actually looks great

Florence Darkwood Bed: modern Bedroom by Living It Up
Living It Up

Florence Darkwood Bed

Living It Up

5. Your windows shouldn't be ignored! They need framing and dressing up

The Stables, Gourdon, Aberdeenshire:  Windows & doors  by Roundhouse Architecture Ltd
Roundhouse Architecture Ltd

The Stables, Gourdon, Aberdeenshire

Roundhouse Architecture Ltd

6. Don't relegate furniture to the edges of rooms. Experiment with layouts

Tufty Time Sofa by B&B Italia: modern Living room by Campbell Watson
Campbell Watson

Tufty Time Sofa by B&B Italia

Campbell Watson

7. Hard to clean and care for sofas are a bad choice, unless you also invest in covers

Open plan living room: modern Living room by GK Architects Ltd
GK Architects Ltd

Open plan living room

GK Architects Ltd

8. Don't mount your pictures too high. They should sit so the centres meet your eye line

HAM Screen Prints:  Artwork by HAM
HAM

HAM Screen Prints

HAM
HAM
HAM

9. Take the time to choose bright, sparkling lighting that will complement and not cool a room

10. Rugs should always be anchored by at least some furniture legs, not left abandoned in the centre of a room

English Rose_Purple Haze:  Walls & flooring by Knots Rugs
Knots Rugs

English Rose_Purple Haze

Knots Rugs

11. There is a difference between eclectic and over the top use of colours and patterns. Simple can be better!

Summer Tropical Bloom:  Walls & flooring by Sian Zeng
Sian Zeng

Summer Tropical Bloom

Sian Zeng

12. Don't overlook the importance of proportional furniture or you will shrink your rooms

Natural Hide Rocking Chair: modern Living room by puji
puji

Natural Hide Rocking Chair

puji

13. Keep fashionable purchases to small accessories, not large pieces of furniture

ferm LIVING Image Photos: scandinavian Living room by ferm LIVING
ferm LIVING

ferm LIVING Image Photos

ferm LIVING

14. Don't buy matching sets of everything or your home will look like a brand catalogue

Boston Light Grey Console Table and TV Unit: country Living room by The Cotswold Company
The Cotswold Company

Boston Light Grey Console Table and TV Unit

The Cotswold Company

15. Uncomfortable dining chairs are an absolute no-no! The food should be the talking point, not everyone's sore backs

'Vintage' shabby chic white extending fir table by Sedit: classic Dining room by My Italian Living
My Italian Living

'Vintage' shabby chic white extending fir table by Sedit

My Italian Living

16. Don't embrace too much formality. Remember that you have to live in and use this space

'Minima' Contemporary hallway shoe storage with bench by Birex: modern Corridor, hallway & stairs by My Italian Living
My Italian Living

'Minima' Contemporary hallway shoe storage with bench by Birex

My Italian Living

17. Don't be afraid to throw away gifts and accessories that you no longer like. Your taste is your own, so choose your own embellishments

Animal Head Wall Vase: eclectic Living room by rigby & mac
rigby & mac

Animal Head Wall Vase

rigby & mac

keeping things you hate

18. You don't have to keep the original door or cabinet hardware. If you want to modernise, change them

NINFA:  Windows & doors  by Las Maneta

old fashioned hardware

19. Out of place or overly wacky themes will be a novelty, but not elegant

Daisy Chain: country Bathroom by Target Tiles
Target Tiles

Daisy Chain

Target Tiles

out of place themes

20. Your hallway is your home's first impression so don't lessen your design efforts just because it's not a main room

steading conversion: modern Corridor, hallway & stairs by adam mcnee ltd
adam mcnee ltd

steading conversion

adam mcnee ltd

ignoring your hallway

21. Exposed cables really cheapen the finish of your home so try top keep all your electricals hidden

22. More photos aren't always a good thing, if they'll make your walls look cluttered. Select a few favourites and put the rest in albums

23. Pedestal rugs are something that should have never made it out of the 70s, so opt for a normal rug if you want one in your bathroom

24. Lopsided furniture won't always be immediately obvious to you, but don't assume your floors are level as certain things may need adjusting or spacing

Roma Natural Walnut Bed: modern Bedroom by Living It Up
Living It Up

Roma Natural Walnut Bed

Living It Up

25. Don't leave your layouts to chance, actually plan them with a traffic flow in mind. You can test whether it works by seeing if you can easily vacuum

Take Off, Una St Ives: modern Living room by iroka
iroka

Take Off, Una St Ives

iroka

For more interior design tips, take a look at this Ideabook: Don't Repeat The Interior Design Mistakes Of Others.

Which of these mistakes are you guilty of?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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