4 Fixes for Common Design Detours

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Have you ever looked around your home and felt like your design plan got off track? That somehow, the image of the space you want in your head just isn't currently how your place is looking and feeling? Fear not! There are subtle but serious ways you can turn your design around; we've got fixes for the four most common design detours.

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1. It's boring? — Mix up your palette, shake up your style and get bold
If you're feeling like a room in your home is turning out way more boring than you had hoped, you might be playing it too safe with color, style and scale. Like if all of your big furniture pieces were chosen to coordinate with each other, acquire a side table or accent piece in a totally different style. Mix two patterns unexpectedly. Buy or DIY a really oversized or bold piece of art. Choose an accessory for your space that isn't one of your main color palette hues.

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2. Too much pattern? — Scale it back and mix in more texture instead
Have you taken a step back and realized you've gotten a little out of control with pattern? First off — good for you for being so bold! Start with choosing one anchor pattern from a large piece, say a couch, rug or curtains. Make that the boldest either in color, shape or pattern size. Then try to keep the rest of your patterns in your space to two more (three, if one is super subtle). Make all the patterns complementary in some way (having a common element such as color or shape helps, but isn't the end-all). You can replace any patterns you've eliminated with highly textured textiles — so you still have a full, sophisticated room feeling without feeling overwhelming.

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3. Too cluttered? — Rein in collections, simplify and group
When you've got a house full of favorite things and have lived there for years, it can be easy to have rooms that feel too cluttered. Decluttering and removing some objects is the first step — but don't feel like you've got to get rid of anything permanently; those with a little extra storage space can simply decommission a few items for awhile. The second step is to group your collections into vignettes and vary your collections by size and shape so they feel like visual stories, not repetitive arrays of similar objects.

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4. Too sparse and minimal? — Add more softness
When you want to keep a room feeling airy, refreshed and uncluttered but don't want it to seem cold and unwelcoming, focus on softness. Add in an ultra soft rug. Make sure the pieces you do have are either upholstered or bolstered by soft textiles. This is especially important when you've got sleek modern materials like concrete and white walls.

What are some of the design dilemmas you've found one of your rooms in lately, and how did you fix your design detour?

(Image credits: Nancy Mitchell; Kim Lucian; Lindsey Kay Averill; Adrienne Breaux)

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.

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