Common Design Slip-Ups You Can Fix Right Now
With most of us spending more time at home these last few months, we’re all getting very familiar with the quirks and realizing that some of our design choices may not have been the best. Here are three common home design mistakes and what you can do to fix them.
Dated Lighting Fixtures
An instant giveaway to the age of a room is dated light fixtures. Refreshing your lighting is not only easy, but there are multiple ways to do it. Some suggestions include frequenting antique shops for a cool vintage pendant or chandelier, giving your old fixture a fresh look with a coat of paint, or simply purchasing something brand new. As far as replacing your existing fixture, you can do it yourself in about 10 minutes, and the results will make a huge impact.
Along the same lines, consider swapping out your switches and outlets as well. Update switch plates that are damaged or dated with ones that enhance the room’s style or do a better job of blending in with the wall.
Poorly Arranged Furniture
If your room’s furniture arrangement consists of everything pushed up against the walls, then the odds are good your room has an awkward open area in the middle of the furniture, and the room has a “closed-in” feel to it.
Luckily, there’s an easy fix to this decorating mistake. Simply pull all your furniture in toward the middle of the room and rearrange until you hit on a pleasing layout that works. Not only will this give the room a fresh appearance, it’ll also create seating areas that are cozy and more favorable for conversation. This approach works even in smaller spaces, as injecting some breathing room for your furniture can open up a space and make it feel more inviting.
Limiting the Purpose of Your Space
Just because a room says “dining room” on the floor plan doesn’t mean you have to use that room strictly for dining. If you need a home office, by all means convert that unused formal dining space into a functional work room that will be used often. Similarly, don’t hesitate to trade a tiny family room for a larger dining area that will accommodate your family better.
Go through your home and look at it with fresh eyes. Start reimagining your rooms for what you need them to be today — not what you needed a year or two ago. Even tiny spaces like closets or blank walls can be customized to suit your current needs.