Learning from the mistakes of others is, of course, difficult. But it is worth doing it, since a mistake in the repair and arrangement of housing can be quite expensive.
It is possible that in this article you will not 'discover America', but remember some things that will save you from common mistakes. And of course, they will help you organize your house or apartment in Cyprus almost perfectly.
Mistake # 1: out of proportion
Designers and artists with a trained eye, of course, know how to choose things so that they are in harmony in size. But an ordinary person sometimes does not even think about the fact that proportionality is important in the interior. And therefore they miss this moment.
But a too large closet next to a tiny ottoman breaks the whole harmony of space. Or a huge mirror in a small room... Or a lot of small furniture in front of a panoramic window.
A simple solution for those who do not want to hire a designer is an independent drawing of the future interior. And the use of the rule of the golden ratio.
What is it? The ratio is 1:1.618. Or about 2/3. You divide by three, then again and again… What can these numbers give?
Well, for example, the height of large furniture (cabinets, shelves) should be 2/3 of the height of the room. And the low furniture in this room should be 2/3 of the height of the cabinets. The same goes for the width.
There are a few more simple rules for keeping the proportions in the interior:
- Panoramic windows and a large area do not accept too small furniture.
- If there is a graduation of furniture in height (from low to high and vice versa), then their width should be the same.
- Color matters. Light always looks larger, and dark - smaller.
Ideally, first you need to more or less roughly calculate the size of the furniture, and only then - look for it in stores or order it. Buying such things on a boom is simply impractical.
Mistake # 2: missing the center of the composition
Another difficulty for those who do not have knowledge and skills in art. Everything is not so difficult if you look at it in more detail.
A simple technique is placing a large and significant object in one place (in the center of a wall or room, in a corner), and other, less significant and small objects will go from it in different directions.
For the living room, the center is the “sofa + TV (or fireplace)” zone, for the bedroom - a bed, for the dining room and kitchen - a dining table with chairs.
The center of the composition must meet the following characteristics:
- big size
- good illumination
- good visibility from different points of the room
- color accent (brightness, variegation, etc.)
- maximum functionality
- observance of the "rule of three" (three assembled objects, less - not composition, more - clutter).
From the center of the composition, you can go further. And here are a few tricks that even a beginner can do:
- Symmetry. It will help to create paired objects. A classic example is the bedside tables on the sides of the double bed.
- Asymmetry. Deliberately emphasizing different sides. Fits well when zoning large spaces or freshening up an oversized room.
- Diffusion. The center of the composition is dense, grouped. Further away from him, objects in the room are more rare and free.
If you look at it, creating the center of the composition in the interior is not such a difficult task. If you spend a couple of hours studying an issue, you won't even need a designer.
Mistake #3: being too monotonous
We all know: if I was not right with color/texture/decorations - I got a terrible interior. But sometimes they are so afraid of terrible interiors that they turn their apartment or house into a gray and faceless hotel room.
As a rule, this happens when using the most neutral tones: beige or gray. Walls, textiles, furniture and small decorations are chosen only in this range. The result is a continuous dull space.
A radical method is to put a bright red coffee table in such an interior. Or toss a couple of fabulous green pillows on the couch. But such experiments rarely end in success - a bright subject remains "taken out of context."
Therefore, it is worth spending some of your time and imagination to enrich the color scheme of your interior.
The simplest solution for those inexperienced in design is to use the formula:
main neutral color (60%) + additional light color (30%) + contrasting for finishing (no more than 10%).
A couple of examples to understand.
Example 1: Light beige + sky blue + dark walnut. In this solution, the walls and ceiling, as well as some of the large furniture, become light beige. Blue can be used for flooring and individual items of textiles (bedspread or pillows, small curtains). The dark walnut shade can go as an edging on textiles or furniture, as well as be the thin leg of a floor lamp or coffee table.
Example 2: Light gray + white and black in half + warm yellow. Here, the gray tone is the main one, but it needs to be diluted with black and white blotches (just avoid busting). Separate yellow dots (pillows, flower pots, small pouf) color the interior.
Mistake # 4: over-decorating the walls
Completely covered or curtained walls are an association with a library or a museum. But there are huge halls and endless canvases for this. Whereas in apartments and houses, space is always limited.
Excessive wall decoration not only “eats up” the free space, but is confusing - because it shifts the emphasis from the center of the composition (see above) and dissipates it.
What can be considered overdose:
- solid shelves on all walls
- everything that looks like Soviet "walls" and sideboards
- an abundance of paintings or photographs on walls
- one or more mirrors that take up too much space
- often and randomly located sconces and lamps.
By the way: it is not recommended to arrange all furniture along the walls. At least one wall should remain free - otherwise, there will be a feeling of isolation and lack of style.
Mistake # 5: having low-functional items
Bookcase with few shelves. A sofa for 'one and a half people'. A coffee table that's makes no practical sense. A floor lamp that no one ever turns on…
Such useless items will not be able to organically fit into the interior. Even if it seems to you that they suit here.
And even for large rooms, this rule is relevant. A useless thing will catch the eye and stand out from the general ensemble. Simply because it is not used and remains as if immobilized.
Mistake # 6: Using furniture sets
It would seem: a set of furniture is created in order not to boggle your head with all sorts of trifles. I bought it - and I am firmly convinced of the combination of all items! But no, this is where a common mistake lies…
Of course, we are talking about large sets, which include from 4 to 10 types (we emphasize - types!) of objects. A table and 10 chairs for it is normal, because there are only two types: a table and a chair.
For example, it is perfectly acceptable to buy a sofa and two armchairs, a dining table with chairs, a bar counter and bar stools, a double bed and a chest of drawers, a coffee table and a lamp for it. And select the little things suitable for them in style, that's the whole trick.
And here is the favorite Soviet set: wardrobe + chest of drawers + bed + bedside tables + coffee table… But why is it so bad?
Because this is a kind of mistake # 3 - excessive monotony! Large sets give a sense of facelessness, solidity and even take up space. It feels like you are in a cramped hotel room. Not a pleasant feeling.
What to do? Buy sets of two, maximum three. And compose the rest in free variations.
Mistake # 7: choosing the wrong curtains and drapes
It is not always possible to leave the windows "naked". Often, curtains, curtains and drapes are an integral part of the interior, the design of which is started after the completion of the renovation. But in vain!
Experienced repairmen unanimously repeat: it is better to first buy fabric for curtains, and AFTER select paint for the walls or wallpaper! It is more difficult to find a suitable fabric than a color scheme.
This remark makes sense to some extent. If you want to play out a complex color scheme - then yes, take care of buying fabric before you visit a repair shop. With a piece of cloth on hand, it is easier to pick up wallpaper or choose paint - and mix it to the desired shade.
But if you have everything in the classics, then you should not worry. With a 99% probability, you will find the fabric color you need after repair.
Hint: there is always a more expensive way to solve a problem - to order dyeing and printing on fabric. This will give you the exact color and pattern you want.
Another task that is beyond the power of many is to successfully choose the very model of curtains. It happens that the fabric looks too heavy or, on the contrary, it seems to be lacking. What to do in this case?
If you are not confident in your abilities, it is better to pay for a consultation with a designer or do it more cunningly. As a rule, in good curtain salons you can get the advice of a consultant for free - just for buying fabric here. For everything to succeed, take a photo of your interieron your phone and show it (or a design project) to a consultant. With a high degree of probability, they will tell you how best to proceed.
Mistake # 8: improper use of carpets, pillows and rugs
And again textiles. Yes, it is difficult to deal with it the first time!
Someone is afraid of textiles - after all, this is a good dust and dirt collector. And for those who have animals or children at home, textiles generally become a nightmare…
Some, on the contrary, adore plaids-pillows-ottomans-rugs and cannot live without them. As a result, the entire space is laid, curtained and filled with textile items.
Of course, both are wrong decisions.
Textiles must fulfill an important function of placing accents in the interior. This means that it occupies about 20% of the total space.
Of course, this cannot be calculated mathematically - only visually. It is necessary to objectively assess the fact that textiles are allocated no more than a fifth of the interior.
In some styles, a larger percentage is allowed - for example, boho, empire or classicism. And some styles, on the contrary, require a minimal presence of textiles.
But one thing should be remembered - textiles must clearly fit and harmonize with ALL interior elements, and not only with those with which it is in direct contact. One cannot be sure that cushions that go well with the sofa will enrich the overall look of the room.
You should also be extra careful with large carpets. A solid carpet can lead to mistake # 3 - excessive monotony and boredom. A rug that is too colorful will get out of hand and create ripples in the eyes.
Mistake # 9: improper lighting
Light is what all designers are talking about. And what is forgotten by almost everyone who is independently engaged in the repair and design of the interior.
Light has several essential functions:
- sets accents
- visually expands the space
- gives a cold or warm shade to the entire room
- creates three-dimensionality and depth in the room
- directly makes it possible to see better at night.
With the last function, everything is clear. But for some reason, newbies often forget about the rest of the functions, naively believing: it shines normally for me where I most often sit and do things, which means that everything is in order.
In fact, with the help of lighting, you can properly change the appearance of a room: for example, stretch or expand it, add depth, highlight the center of the composition, hide some flaws.
Here are some rules for good lighting in any room:
- the brightest and most powerful light source - always one
- small but bright lamps are used to place accents
- warm dim light looks good in niches, narrow places, openings
- hidden lamps are perfect for creating semi-darkness
- cold light is suitable only for the kitchen, hallway and workshop; for all other rooms, choose warm light.
Remember that a large room needs a whole lighting network. If you do not understand how to arrange small light sources relatively large - contact the designer.
Mistake # 10: sockets, switches and their location
Attention to detail is the most important part of any successful interior. But for some reason, many people think that switches and sockets are small things, which is not striking… But no.
Imagine that, for example, your loft style has an ordinary plastic switch. The whole impression is spoiled at once!
To avoid inconsistencies, you need:
- choose switches and sockets for the style of the interior
- if it is impossible to find the proper style - make hidden sockets and switches
- plan in advance the location of furniture and sockets in relation to them
- to make more sockets - there are always not enough of them.
As a rule, all of these errors are eliminated through careful planning. Yes, you will spend more time - but decorate the apartment or house of your dreams!
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