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Harmony key to avoiding decorating mistakes

The first-time experience is exciting. But if you are unaware of what you are about to embark on, you must follow some effective guidelines on how to get started. Ayman al-Azbawy, interior designer, lists some decorating mistakes you should not make.

Non-washable wall paint: Select high-performance paint so you can easily wipe off stains. Then you will be able to get rid of accumulated dust and make your walls look like a new with the least effort. All you need to do is sponge your walls periodically with a mild soap solution. In case of severe stains, don’t wait until they dry. This may cause a permanent mark that will be hard to remove.

Leaving furniture exposed to damage: Dusty weather and daily usage of your living room furniture make it vulnerable to dirt and grime. Using a loose furniture cover is essential to keep it in the best condition for the longest time possible. It is also a clever way to avoid the problem of spilling a drink or food if you have little kids at home.

Hanging paintings too high: Before hanging a painting, you should keep in mind the correct height for viewing. The artwork should be hung at eye level. With low ceilings, hanging a painting high takes up space and makes the ceiling seem lower. If it is a large painting, it is better to hang it over a large piece of furniture. To make it the focal point of the space, put it up in the center of a large wall. Before hammering in a nail, accurate measuring is required.

An insignificant small rug: What is the point of having a small carpet hidden under a coffee table that does not make a difference to the look of the room? Small rugs looks best bedside or at an entrance, not in the middle of a room. Larger ones, however, can enhance the beauty of your home with an elegant touch. Protecting a wooden floor from damage is another benefit of large carpets.

Too many small accessories: Displaying one valuable piece such as a vase, tapestry or painting is better than purchasing too many small accessories. Small spaces require one luxurious piece to personalize your room while not making you feel cramped. Large houses can be ornamented by multisized accessories, but it is not preferable to scatter them all over the place. Create a corner for a collection – whether candles or photo frames – that shares similar design elements.

Lack of proportions: Some people are not pleased with the overall look of their house despite of being satisfied by the colors and furniture. Having a sense of scale and balance is necessary. Find a focal point for each room, vary the height of furniture and arrange pieces that relate to each other.  

Not harmonizing decorations: Before you buy furniture, taking accurate measurements of the whole house including doors and pathways is a must. Matching colors and designs are considerations. Don’t rush to purchase the first attractive piece that pops up. You should consider whether it complements the rest of the room’s décor.

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