October 30, 2023

Avoid These Common Mistakes When Purchasing Furniture

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When creating your dream living space, buying new furniture is part of the fun. But we get it; it can also be a tad daunting. No worries, we’re here to make it as effortless as exciting. Let’s dive in and help you pick the perfect pieces for your unique style and personality.

Embrace Your Space: Understand the Importance of Scale

Have you ever brought home a piece of furniture only to realize it doesn’t fit quite right? It happens more often than you’d think! Many of us fall in love with pieces at the store, ignoring their scale and the size of our rooms.

Tip: Measure your room and existing furniture before embarking on your shopping spree. Sketch a quick floor plan. This way, you’re not just buying furniture; you’re curating pieces that enhance your space harmoniously.

Comfort Is King: Don’t Sacrifice it for Style

We’ve all been drawn to those chic, ultra-stylish furniture pieces. They look great, but sitting on them feels like resting on a bed of rocks. Remember, your home is not just a showpiece; it’s where you live and relax.

Tip: Always put comfort first. Test out furniture before buying. Make sure it’s comfortable and functional. After all, what’s the point of a beautiful chair if you can’t cozy up in it with a good book?

Your Furniture, Your Lifestyle: Don’t Overlook Practicality

When choosing furniture, it’s essential to consider your lifestyle. If you have pets or children, some materials and colors might not be practical.

Tip: Choose materials that are durable and easy to clean. Your furniture should serve you, not the other way around!

Let There Be Light: Don’t Neglect Lighting

Lighting can drastically change the way a piece of furniture looks. The bright lights in a showroom can be very different from the lighting conditions in your home.

Tip: Take a swatch of the material home. See how it looks under your home’s Lighting. This way, you ensure your new piece will shine as brightly at home as in the store.

Plan Your Journey: Avoid Impulse Buying

Impulse buying often leads to regret. A spontaneous purchase might seem thrilling at the moment, but if it doesn’t fit your style or space, it might be a misstep on your journey.

Tip: Make a plan before you start shopping. Stay true to your list and avoid spontaneous detours. Remember, every piece you choose is a step towards your dream home.

Celebrate Uniqueness: Avoid Matching Everything

While cohesion is important, a room filled with perfectly matched items can feel dull. Your home should reflect your unique Style, not monotony.

Tip: Mix and match styles, colors, and patterns. This adds character and interest to your space. Celebrate your personality through your décor!

Selecting furniture for your home is an opportunity to showcase your individuality and style. Each piece you choose has the potential to reflect your personality and add character to your living space. Whether you opt for modern, traditional, or a combination of both, the result will be a home that feels like an extension of yourself. So take your time, explore different options, and have fun creating a space that truly represents you. Happy decorating!

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I'm Caitlin... dreamer, designer, DIY-ER.

I never want people to feel stuck. I want my clients to know that what they want is possible. Sometimes it just takes a different perspective and a little extra creativity. My passion for design goes way back, but today I help other women create spaces that they actually want to come home to. 

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