Decor mistakes ruining your look

Wednesday September 16 2020
By Desire Mbabaali

By the time I learnt that it was wrong to hang my curtain rods/draping panels near the window or door frame, I had already drilled through the wall to fasten them in the very place I shouldn’t put them. 
That was not all! My curtains were hanging in balance, leaving a huge space between them and the floor which never bothered me; until a friend, who is an interior designer visited.
They immediately pointed out everything I got wrong. 
A little disappointed at myself, I tried again: Hanging the curtain rods closer to the ceiling instead of the window and door frame, “3-4 inches below the ceiling,” she had emphasised that it does not only makes the window and door look larger than it is but the ceiling higher as well.

I had to replace the curtains with longer ones that could sweep the floor since nothing should be shorter.
Though I had to throw in a few shillings to make the changes, I was pleasantly surprised and impressed at the improvement it gave to the house in the end. Several weeks later, I still sit back and admire their beauty.
Now that I know better, from both research and conversations with interior decor experts. Many of us make involuntary mistakes in an effort to have our indoors make a statement. From this simple list, check out the mistakes you might be making and how to fix them.

Matchy furniture
Gone are days when matching furniture was the thing. In modern-day decor, buying matching furniture is like shooting yourself in the foot.
Esther Nyakato, an interior decorator shares that as you buy furniture for your bedroom or seating room, run away from the matchup. The best way is; buy sofas for example that are different in colour and design, and just coordinate it with your dining set. Alternatively, coordinate your nightstands to the bed or other furniture in the room. 
When changing furniture, this comes in handy that you can just remove a few pieces of the old and add new ones by coordination. 

Hanging your television
Does your neck ask for a massage after watching TV for a long time? That’s probably because you put your TV too high, another mistake many are making. 
While watching TV, your neck shouldn’t be angled too high or too low. The TV should be set at eye level. Professionally, it is recommended that its centre is at 65 inches above the floor. So, unless your TV is serving many people in the room, it should be put at eye level.

Likewise, while hanging frames or art, the same rule needs to be followed. Fred Senyonjo an interior designer at Senyonga and Sons Interiors emphasises that frames hung too high on the walls are unwelcoming to observers. However, when hung at gallery level, they are welcoming. Like it is with the TV, the centre of your frames should be between 60-65 inches from the floor.

Centre rugs
Center rugs are currently trending. However, some people lack the understanding of what a centre rug is intended to do, and subsequently, fail to choose what works for their spaces.
A centre rug is intended to mark out your spaces and create boundaries without actual walls. When choosing a centre rug for your sitting room for example, it should be big enough so that all your chairs sit on top of it. If it is for your dining, the whole dining set should sit on top of the rug and the area well-demarcated. The same goes for the rest of your rooms.
So, before buying a centre rug, measure out your space, so that what you buy is the right size, Senyonjo explains.


Over accessorizing
On several occasions, I have been tempted to pick up something at the supermarket, store or exhibition that I have thought would work best for some space in the house. Though this can be a good habit, Trinah Muhwezi an interior design instructor says it is a straight road to over-accessorizing; where a house has too many decorative pieces that are overused. 

This does not only makes your interior unfocused on the statement it wants to make, but eats up space.
“To remedy the situation, focus your decor on the statement you want to make (like modern, luxurious, vintage, simple) and put out accessories you don’t need,” Muhwezi advises.