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7 Deadly Design Sins

You Can Improve Any Room By Avoiding These Common Decorating Mistakes...

Realising Your Sins…
So you've bought every design magazine at the newsstand, carefully studied what was "in" and what was "out," and spent too much money on new curtains... and you still hate your living room.

You're not alone. But you can significantly improve the look of a room just by eliminating some common decorating mistakes (and you won't have to spend a fortune doing it). Read on, I'll explain the seven sins and share virtuous examples of successful design.

Sin #1: High Art
I am not talking about art that is unusually thought-provoking.
I mean art that's literally floating out in that void somewhere high above the sofa. Art should relate to the furniture below it.
A rule of thumb is to separate artwork and furniture by no more than 250mm.
In the example at left, the artwork follows the lines of the desk for a compelling arrangement.

Sin #2: Matchy-Matchy Décor
When everything matches, the room becomes so safe that it's boring.
Buying a suite of furniture of the same design went out decades ago... and although fabric and wallpaper manufacturers offer coordinated patterns to simplify design for the do-it-yourselfer, you should use those coordinates as a background for something old, something personal, something that makes the room your own. At right, a yellow and orange palette has been used to accent, rather than a room full of matching pieces, to unify this living area.

Sin #3: Armchair Covers
Armchair covers are dinosaurs. They're akin to leaving cellophane on lampshades, or leaving the protective wrapper on the remote control.
Today, fabrics can be treated for durability and stain resistance. Whip the covers off and take them along to remind you of the colour and pattern when shopping for other fabrics and accessories for the room… and don't dare put them back when you're done! Note the brightly upholstered and cover-free seating used in this living room.

Sin #4: Wimpy Houseplants
Sure it's fine to show off your green thumb inside the house.
Just don't scatter too many small houseplants around the room. They'll have much more effect if you bank three to five small plants together.
For example, poinsettias, classics of the holiday season, look stunning in a mass grouping.
Or, buy one large-scale plant that makes a bold statement (and doesn't have to be watered as often).

Sin #5: Silk Flowers
Silk flowers can surely be beautiful, but they may also become dust traps... and if the arrangement never changes, eventually you reach the point where you don't even see it anymore.
Either update your silk designs regularly, or make simple, inexpensive arrangements like these with fresh flowers or greenery from the backyard.

Sin #6: Unedited Accessories
We are all natural-born collectors. The trick is realising that every object, gift, or family treasure need not be displayed at once.
Take care of Aunt Martha's cranberry compote, but tuck it away until the next family gathering.
Organise accessories by grouping collections together on a table or shelf, as shown at right.
Use similar objects and colours together, and remember that odd numbers of items will look better to the eye

Sin #7: Family on Display
I may be treading on hallowed ground here, but the point is this: Contemporary paintings of the family can lend an imposing, elitist air to the room where you most often receive guests. Save portraits for the bedroom or spaces that are reserved for family.
In this case, a portrait has found a fitting home above the mantel in a warm, cozy library.

Where To From Here?
Hopefully, this report has given you some insight into a small part of decorating your home. It may also have prompted a whole new set of questions.

To get all of the answers you need, simply give me, Kristina Cope, a call on (09) 578-0704 or (021)-641-530 to schedule your free, no-hassle, straight talk consultation. I will arrange a time convenient for you, and it shouldn’t take long at all.

In about 30 minutes, you’ll receive more time and money saving interior design, decorating information than most people learn in a lifetime!

By now, you’ve probably figured out that I am not like most Interior Designers or Architects. (I am qualified in both fields). I concentrate on providing quality information to those who need it.

“But why would you just give away all of this valuable information?”

I know that you may be asking that question in your mind. I know it’s not what most Interior Designers do, and it may seem a little odd. It’s just that I have learned that good things happen when you concentrate on really helping people.

Yes, I make my living consulting to clients as their interior designer, and yes, it would be my pleasure to work for you to transform your house into a home you love to bring friends, business associates, and guests’ home to.


A half-hour is all it takes to get the information you need to make smart decisions for your future. We'll discuss what you want to accomplish, and look at the different options that you have.

Well, I’ve said just about all I can say. The next step is up to you. As I said before, there is absolutely no cost or obligation attached to your free consultation.

Pick up the phone and call me now, while you are thinking about it. I know that you may be a little skeptical, but one phone call isn’t much to risk, especially when you could save yourself lots of aggravation and thousands of dollars!

You can reach me at (09) 578-0704 or (021)-641-530, or send me an email with some suggested times and dates you are available to get together with me.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Kristina Cope DipInt, BArch
Interior Designer
P.S. Procrastination keeps more people from ever reaching their dreams than anything else. Don’t miss out on information that can make all the difference!

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