4 More Fixes for Common Design Detours

4 More Fixes for Common Design Detours

Adrienne Breaux
Mar 1, 2014
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Did you find good advice from a post we published last week, 4 Fixes for Common Design Detours? Well if your particular design detour — those times your home's design just gets off-track from what you had in mind — wasn't addressed, maybe the four additional fixes we've got for you today will address your specific design woe.

Based off of some of the comments made on that post, we've got four more ways to try and steer your design back in the right direction if it's somehow not looking like the home you've been aiming for (or dreaming about).

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Small budget lead to a not-so-unique-looking home? — Focus and get creative with your existing furnishings
Your budget just hasn't allowed for any "nice" furniture and you feel like your home looks like everyone else's? You're gonna want to take a really, really good look at the furniture you do have — and consider how you can personalize it to look new and more like you. Before & After inspiration and/or IKEA hacks (here's a list) can do wonders.

You've got to focus not on what you can't afford or buy, but how you can get creative to fix what you do have. There are some simple fixes — a good clean paint job on a furniture piece you hate, for instance — that can make a suprisingly huge and immediate impact on any room in your house. Ask friends if they have any furniture they want to get rid of. Scour the Craigslist free section. Take a peek at the Apartment Therapy Classifieds. A small (or no) budget doesn't mean you've got to be stuck with "cheap" furniture you don't love.

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Your small space with low ceilings feels cramped? — You're gonna want to get down to room-expanding basics.
Let as much light in as possible. Rearrange your space so that the heavier pieces are as far away from the room's entryway as possible. Divvy up the visual weight of the room so that it feels harmonious. Use light colors to brighten up the space, or use something intentionally dark and bold to wow. Don't call attention to a low ceiling by adding hanging ceiling lights. Consider tall plants, lamps or highly hung curtains to carry the eye up. Hang your art a little higher than usual. Pick a trick from the post 10 Tricks for Making Your Ceiling Look Higher.

Don't know how to mix patterns or textures with your current style? — Stick to classic textiles and geometric patterns
If you're pattern-shy or just feel like your home has a style that can't carry wild patterns, it doesn't mean you have to only have solid colors in your space. Stick to classic patterns like stripes or other simple geometric shapes. When it comes to textiles, thick and earthy natural fibers like jute and sisal go with everything. When in doubt, add in patterns and textiles slowly and with purpose to see how they interact with your style.

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Are your walls still empty because you don't want to throw just anything up on them? — Start with art you find meaningful
Your home is so personal. You don't want it looking just like some stranger's magazine spread; you want it to look like your fabulous, personality-filled magazine spread. That's why when it comes to art, it can be easy to feel like blank walls are better than just tossing anything up there to fill them. How to get over this? Start with art that you find meaningful first. Find some good ideas to kick-start your search for meaningful art here. After you've chosen a few pieces that have are special to you, it'll be easier to find more budget options to fill in the blank spaces in your home.

What are your design detours and dilemmas? Share them in the comments below for us to answer for you or for you to get good ideas from fellow readers!

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