Everyday design mistakes you can (should) fix this weekend

We’re all interested in having the nicest place we can, and sometimes we accidentally make some decisions that turn our beautiful home into a cluttered nightmare. Nice interiors take time and effort to maintain and design though, and most interiors can be improved with some simple tricks and tips!

Too much kitchen clutter

Not only does an excessive amount of clutter look messy and disorganized, too many appliances and items on the countertop inhibit working space and make the room seem smaller than it really is. By getting rid of things you never use, and putting away appliances you don’t use very often, you can really open up the appearance and feel of your kitchen.

Bad lighting                                                        

Balancing the lighting in a room can make a dim, dungeon-y space seem like a solarium. Proper lighting techniques are essential to making a space look much more inviting than it already is. Take a look at your lighting and see if it needs to be arranged differently and don’t be afraid to go shopping for more lights to mount around your house. Maybe you can even think of a creative lighting solution yourself and customize your home even more!

A sloppy bookcase

It’s easy to let bookcases turn into cluttered disasters when you keep taking things off and putting them back up, but it pays to take a minute or two to reorganize that shelf – a cluttered and disorganized bookcase leaves a disorganized feel to your entire space, so get to work and tidy it up a bit to make the entire room feel more inviting!

Cluttered tabletops

Similar to the point above, having too much clutter on tabletops destroys the calm and tranquil nature of most rooms and gives you less space to move around in. You don’t have to get rid of your favourite fun accessories, but moving things to new homes and putting away that which you don’t need can really open up your space for the better.

Bad furniture and seating arrangements

It’s important to have a good and proper flow to your apartment and you should encourage this by positioning your furniture in such a way as to facilitate natural movement around the space of your apartment. Working on how you arrange your furniture is free and can affect a space dramatically, so get in there and rearrange your spaces in order to make your entire home feel more inviting!

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Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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