furnished roomIf you’re in the process of planning a room, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. With so many colors, patterns, and design trends to consider, along with input from well-meaning friends, you might be tempted to try everything all at once. Once you learn what not to do when it comes to planning a room, you can relax and enjoy every moment of the project!

1. Don’t Rush the Process: Giving your room a fresh update can be exciting and you probably want to get started as soon as possible. Though you may be tempted to dive right in, patience is key. We all tend to have big plans for our spaces and it’s easy to get discouraged when things don’t come together right away. It’s pretty tempting to buy on impulse, so take some time to really think about the things you value most and start small. Rushing out and buying everything you see in your favorite magazine is the quickest route to disappointment. Make sure you love all the fabrics, furniture, and accessories before you bring it into your room.

2. Don’t Shun Design Trends: New design trends are popping up everywhere, and you might be tempted to play it safe by sticking to what you know. Don’t be afraid to experiment with trends and see how you can maintain the balance of old and new. Infusing your space with something on trend is a great way to mix it up without fully conforming to recent trends. If you’re not quite ready to commit to the latest and greatest trends, try swapping out your existing hardware or decorative accessories with a few trendy pieces for an easy, no-pressure update.

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Mix It Up: Years ago, home decor was infamous for its matchy-matchy look – from window coverings to furniture. Times have definitely changed and mixing it up is the best way to bring your unique style into your space. Combining prints, fabrics, and materials provide contrast and breathe new life into drab spaces and provide an eclectic look and feel. This diversity also allows you to keep the pieces you already love and pair them with modern details. Avoid picking up random “filler” items – choose pieces that are meaningful, and complement existing decor without being distracting.

4. Don’t Overthink: When you decide to tackle a complete room makeover it’s easy to obsess over every little detail. You might draw inspiration from home decor blogs or friends and family but never let insecurity creep in so much that it stifles the fun of changing your space. Take time to really think about the design choices you’re making so your room always reflects what you really want.

Changing your room’s look is fun and exciting as long as you give yourself permission to do your own thing. Look for inspiration and design ideas everywhere, and don’t sacrifice the things you truly love. Breathe easy by considering and avoiding these common design pitfalls. Planning your space and feel stuck? I’m just a click away!

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