3 of the Biggest DIY Decorating Mistakes

DIY mistakes

Decorating can be difficult. There’s all the decision-making and upheaval of your usual daily routine, plus conundrums like: “Should I get the paint to match the sofa, or should I buy a new sofa? I don’t really like the sofa. But it cost a fortune 15 years ago, so maybe we’ll make do. But what matches coral with a lime green swirl?”

These decisions can take up a vast proportion of your brain power, and too often lead to no decision being made at all. DIY decorating can be an arduous process. Here are three of the most common mistakes made by DIYers:

1. Choosing the furniture you love without considering its size

So, you fell in love with a dining table – don’t worry, we’ve all been there – but once it’s delivered to your home you realise that the chairs won’t fit. You’re gutted, obviously – especially if the store won’t take returns.

Before you buy ANYTHING, make sure you measure the space you have available. Take a measuring tape with you to any shops you visit to measure the item too. It can also help to plan out the location of your furniture using tape on the floor. This help you visualise how the space will work much more clearly.

2. Lack of prep

Decorating can be a long-winded process. There is much to be done in preparation, even if you’re simply using emulsion and gloss in a room. For example, not sanding down woodwork can lead to peeling gloss in the not-too-distant-future – not a great look, especially when you consider the effort you put in. Similarly going in gung-ho, not protecting furniture and carpets, or skimping on dustsheets and masking tape, can lead to more work further down the line. If you don’t have the time or inclination to do it yourself, ask a professional. Simply put, it’s not worth doing a bad job.

3. Too much stuff

Clutter is never going to be a good look. In fact, it can seriously affect the feeling of balance and order in a room. Hold off buying that extra ornament, that vase, another picture frame. To much stuff can make a space feel cramped and messy so choose to display only the items you can’t do without.

If you’re stuck and need a professional eye or opinion, please do ask Hannah Barnes Designs. We’re able to offer solutions to problems you might never have thought of, and have years of design experience and many happy customers under our belt.

Contact us here for a design consultation. We’re more than happy to help you get the space you deserve with a minimum of fuss.