Redecorating your personal space can be an exhilarating experience. It’s an opportunity to completely start afresh, and create a place where you will feel comfortable and relaxed.

But before you start, read through these five common mistakes that people tend to make when redecorating their apartments.

Pushing all the furniture against the walls

Pushing all of your furniture against the walls will not make the room seem bigger; it actually ends up making it appear smaller because the big blank space in the centre of the room becomes the focal point.

Here’s an interesting way to lay out your furniture. Arrange it in strategic conversational groupings; this is especially useful when you have guests over because it’s much easier to talk when the person 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

Good design comes from a perfect balance of style and function. When you focus only on style, you will compromise on comfort and function. The good news is that you can create an apartment that is both stylish and comfortable; however, to achieve the desired balanced outcome, you have to get your priorities straight.

Comfort is the first thing you consider when you are buying furniture. If it’s not comfortable, it doesn’t matter how well you think it goes with your rug or drapes. Also, when selecting furniture, ask yourself if you really need certain pieces in your redecorated space. For instance, that writing desk may look charming in the corner by the window, but if you are never going to use it, you’re just wasting space that could be used for more practical purposes.

Forgetting the plants

So you have selected your furniture, decided on the fabrics and picked the paint colours. Have you considered greenery, more specifically, the plants that will be part of your redesigned space? It’s a mistake to forget about plants because they can create unique focal points in the spaces they inhabit.

But if you are worried about the care and maintenance of live plants, you can consider a variety of artificial plant walls and moss walls available today that allow you to 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 for years without the stress of watering and fertilising them. The presence of plants in your decor will make you feel calmer, more relaxed and even more creative.

Keeping decor you don’t like

This is one mistake many homeowners make when redesigning their spaces – not being able to let go of specific items in their existing decor because it was expensive or someone important gave it to them. Redecorating 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

Too much of anything is never a good thing, especially when you are redecorating your apartment. It’s all too easy to get carried away; and before you know it, your space is crowded with too many wonderful pieces that may look great individually or together but still crowd the room.

The best way to avoid going overboard when redecorating is to draw up the design before you even start purchasing pieces or moving your existing furniture around. This will give you a clear idea about the space available to place and position specific items of decor while leaving room for walkways and open space. Alternatively, you can bring in a few pieces at a time, and build up your space progressively till you achieve the desired balance of style and comfort without creating clutter.

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