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The white or cream upholstery – Elizabeth Gilbert has said “There's no reason to keep a piece of furniture in your house that is so sacred and rare that you can't put your feet up on it and a dog can't jump up on it.” – Though whites and creams look beautiful, do not choose these colours for your upholstery if you have pets or children at home. Children are going to jump on the sofa or spill food on the sofa, no matter how many times we tell them not to! Maintaining light-coloured upholstery fabric can get extremely time-consuming and expensive. Go with a colour that you do not have to fuss over and one that feels right for you and your family.
Beautiful Looking, but impractical furniture – A chair or a sofa that looks beautiful is great – but have you had a chance to sit on it and check if it is comfortable? Ensure that the seat and the arms of the furniture is at a height that is comfortable not just for you but also for people of average height. Also, take measurements of your room and check if the furniture you plan to purchase would fit into your room.
The Colour of the Year on your wall -- You decide to get your home repainted. You choose a bright red (which is the trending colour of the year) for the accent wall, however, the colour completely clashes with your furniture and décor and you end up with a colour disaster! While choosing wall colours – try a sample on your walls – live with this new wall colour for a couple of days – check how the colour looks at different times of the day and then take the final decision.
Matchmaker, matchmaker, (don’t) make me a match ! – Rooms should coordinate well but it is not necessary for everything in the room to match. A room in which everything is matchy-matchy can look dull and boring. A variety of tones, textures, patterns and colours add visual interest and character to the room. However, one should ensure that the different colours and patterns in a room do not look mismatched and out-of-sync – keeping a similar colour palette for the room would help the whole space to look cohesive and well-coordinated.
Not choosing our own style – The décor at our homes should always be authentic and should reflect our personality. Any piece of furniture or element of décor that we do not like (even if it was received as a gift!) should never be a part of our home. It is better to give such items away or donate to charity. We need to be careful not buy items for our homes just because it is a prevailing fad - since trends or fads do not last for long and it is difficult to get rid of these items once the fad is gone.
Buying cheap furniture – which does not last – You decide that spending on furniture is a waste of money and decide to go for quick fix, cheaper furniture pieces. However, such pieces are built such that the quality could have been compromised. If we want high quality furniture that we plan to keep for a lifetime, then it is always wise to buy the best that we can afford.