Dos and Don’ts of Home Décor

DO settle on a style you like. When creating the space you’re going to spend most of your time in, it’s important to take the time to find the style you want. So create mood boards and think carefully about whether you want an eclectic mixed-up style or something a little more rigid such as minimalism or industrial.

BUT DON’T create themed rooms. Sure, you may love the seaside, but bedecking your entire house in seashells and knotted ropes is going to get tiring quickly. Instead, think more about accents and the odd statement piece to reveal your heart’s desires.

DO test your colours first. Forget miniscule colour swatches and instead paint a decent-sized square on your wall. Then, live with it for a few days before making your final decision.

BUT DON’T obsess over one particular hue. A colour theme is a good way to pull your home together, and can run like a subtle thread throughout it. However, an entire room with matching walls, carpet and furnishings will not only make the space feel claustrophobic, it’s also a little old fashioned.

DO take inspiration from magazines and influencers. Renovating your home is such an exciting project that it’s natural to want to immerse yourself in the experience. So be open-minded and seek out as many resources as you can because you may be surprised by what catches your eye.

BUT DON’T be afraid to mix it up. It’s very easy to look at a picture in a furniture brand’s catalogue and just order the whole room, but nothing dates a décor like everything being from the same era, meaning you’ll be back buying it all again in five year’s time.  

DO take into account the needs of your family. You’ve always wanted to create a beautiful minimalist space with a white carpet and walls but also, you have four kids. Unfortunately, your pristine dream will have to wait until your nest is empty because nothing is going to destroy your good mood like red crayon over your Farrow and Ball Wimborne White wall.

BUT DON’T compromise all style for practicality. This doesn’t mean you have to put plastic coverings over your sofas. Instead, invest in a few nice toy crates and beanbags, letting your children’s belongings enhance rather than take away from your home’s design fair.

DO splash out on expensive pieces. When it comes to furniture it is always best to invest in something that you not only love, but also something that will stand the test of time. Plywood drawers and cheap wardrobes will only come to frustrate you costing more money in the long run.

BUT DON’T be afraid to go vintage. There is a lot of furniture – particularly made in the Fifties and Sixties (think Eames and G-plan) – that is designed to last. Not only that, but it looks incredible and can be found cheaply if you know where to look.

DO be ambitious with style. Fans of home renovation programmes will know how wondrous the transformations can be when the experts move in. So do let your creativity run a little wild and be bold, if you want to.

BUT DON’T ignore your home’s natural architecture. If you live in a Victorian house, industrial minimalism is only going to leave you feeling eternally out of sorts. So embrace the natural beauty and charm of your surroundings.

DO overhaul one room at a time. If a space has become drab and uninspiring, it’s ok to rip it all out and start again. In fact, there is nothing more invigorating than starting with a blank canvas.

BUT DON’T rush to create the perfect home. Never expect things to feel perfect overnight and never ever try to rush that sense of perfection. A home is an expression of you and its ok to spend a lifetime making it just right.