Common Design Mistakes to Avoid June 10, 2014 As I begin to write this blog about some of the most common décor mistakes to avoid, I want each of you to know that all of us (especially me) have fallen victim to a number of these ‘mistakes’ at one time or another. But heck that just means we are doing something to create a wonderful home space. Huge points for that! I also want to make the disclaimer that we at K. Renee Home are not particularly fans of rigid rules. The trick about rules (or mistakes in this case) is that you need to know them and choose when to break them! So here we go… Buying Sets of Furniture While it seems a whole lot simpler to buy a matching set of furniture for a living, dining, or bedroom, it will be very difficult to achieve a unique and special room for your space. A room filled with everything that matches tends to look like everyone else’s room and doesn’t reflect your own personality. Yes, everything matches… but is that what you really want? You do want everything to coordinate, but you don’t want everything to match. Your space should be full of your own style, which can’t happen if everything looks the same. Instead, assemble pieces that complement each other (rather than match) for a truly fabulous and custom space. There is so much that I love about this personalized dining room. So beautiful and yet so functional! Not Paying Attention to Scale and Balance Most furniture is about three feet tall and if we are not careful we can fill our entire area with items that are all the same heights. Instead, look to balance your rooms with high and low pieces to keep the eye moving and to create visual interest. Sculptural pieces, plants and armoires are a nice way to create highs while benches, rugs, or side tables can add lows. Together these height differences create a wonderful perspective and depth to every room. On the same note, a large sofa will overwhelm a small painting hung above it. Pay attention to the scale of all of your pieces and think about how they will relate to the other pieces around it. The sectional requires larger artwork to give it better balance. Not Mixing Finishes or Materials It is a common misconception that if you have a certain tone of woodwork in your home then your other wood finishes must match. Or if you have nickel hardware and doorknobs, then you must use the same throughout your interior. Hmmm, I would like to know who made that rule. If you walk into our store on any day, you will see a variety of fabrics, textures, wood and metal finishes coordinates well together. And it not only works, but looks great together. Don’t be afraid to use multiple finishes in the same room. It works. Curtains Hung Too Low and Too Short Be careful to not hang your curtains too low as it can crowd your windows and make your ceilings feel low. Instead hang curtains as high above the window as you can to create the illusion of greater ceiling and window height. And just like the hem of a trouser, you don’t want your drapes and panels to be too short. Curtains should at least touch the floor for a polished look or can be puddled with a few inches of extra fabric. We all make mistakes in our homes now and again. But in the grand scheme of things, these are the mistakes in life that can be easily changed and corrected. As Elbert Hubbard once said “The greatest mistake we can make is to be continually fearing that we will make one.” Doing nothing because of fear is the one mistake that keeps most of us from reaching new heights in our home and our lives. My apologies for being a day late with this blog. But I wasn’t a dollar short in this case! Yesterday, we finished up the 4th annual Frank Ross Play Fore Kids Memorial Classic benefitting The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa. Our results were great thanks to all of our incredible sponsors, supporters, and many of our K. Renee Home friends. Thank you!