Jan 12 2018

5 Apartment Re-decorating Mistakes to Avoid

Re-decorating your apartment can give your life a much-needed kick of new energy. You can reinvent your lifestyle and create a place where you feel comfortable and relaxed. But before you jump into your project, read through the following five apartment re-decorating mistakes to avoid.

 

Pushing All of the Furniture Against the Walls

Although common sense tells you that pushing all of your furniture against the walls will make the room feel bigger, it actually ends up making it feel smaller. That’s because the focal point becomes a big blank space in the centre of the room. 

Instead of pushing your furniture up against the walls, arrange it in strategic conversational groupings. It’s much easier to talk when the person you’re talking with is sitting within easy conversational distance. Also, when you have more than one seating arrangement in a room, the room appears to be much larger.

 

Prioritising Looks Over Function

Yes, you want your apartment to look stylish and put-together, but ultimately, you’ll want it to be comfortable and functional. The good news is that you can create an apartment that is both stylish and comfortable, but in order to do this, you’ve got to keep your priorities straight.

Before you consider purchasing a piece of furniture, make sure it’s comfortable. If it’s not comfortable, it doesn’t matter how well you think it goes with your rug. Also, that writing desk may look charming in the corner by the window, but if you never sit down at a desk to write, you’re just wasting space that could be used for more practical purposes.

 

Forgetting the Plants

When we embark on a redecorating project, we usually think about furniture, paint colours and textiles first a foremost, and it’s all too easy to forget about plants. This is a mistake, however, because plants can create unique focal points to the spaces they inhabit.

With today’s artificial plant walls and moss walls, you can install beautiful botanical arrangements in your apartment with very little hassle. They don’t require upkeep and maintenance like traditional potted plants, so you can continue to enjoy them month in and month out without the stress of watering and fertilising them. Best of all, studies have shown that incorporating plants into your decor can help people to feel calmer, more relaxed and even more creative.

 

Keeping Decor You Don’t Like

Have you ever held on to an item because it was expensive or because someone important gave it to you? These are understandable reasons to keep decorative items, but re-decorating gives you a chance to get rid of things you don’t love.

If it makes you feel better, give unwanted decorative items to friends who like them. You can also donate them to charity. But do yourself a favour and replace unwanted items with things you truly love.

 

Incorporating Too Much Furniture

As you re-decorate your apartment, take a step back frequently and evaluate your new aesthetics. It’s all too easy to get carried away while you’re re-decorating. Before you know it, your space is crowded with too many wonderful pieces that look great together but crowd the room.

You can solve this problem in a couple of different ways. First, you can draw out your design before you ever start purchasing pieces or moving your existing furniture around. This will help you to know how much room you have for walkways and open space. Alternatively, you can bring in a few pieces at a time, taking a step back to edit after each new piece.

For more information about installing a garden wall or moss wall in your apartment, get in touch with us at Evergreen Walls.

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