Having flow is that ‘something’ that characterizes something as unique and original, charismatic. To make your home show off that spark, check if you make any of these mistakes:
1. FORGET ABOUT THE PAST
They say that it is important to know where we come from. Therefore, if you have an inherited or old piece of furniture that has you dazzled, do not throw it away. Fix it and put it in a prominent place in your house. It will bring back good memories while filling the room with character. Using heirloom pieces in your décor is a good way to show the value you place not just on ‘history’ furniture, but your family’s personal history.
2. CURTAINS THAT DO NOT REACH THE FLOOR
Another mistake that ruins the flow of your house. Some curtains that do not reach the ground (or level with the ground if you do not like to be dragged) can be a terrible failure that, also, there is little remedy beyond getting new ones – and longer, of course. Floor-to-ceiling curtains will give dynamism and movement to any room. They are the culmination that your house needs to have a little more swag.
3. MONOCHROME? NO THANKS
Ditch the monochrome palettes and give your home a dash of vibrancy with a little color. The key to getting things going as they should is to use the 60/30/10 rule. Choose a predominant color, such as the white of the living room in the image; another complementary one that has strength, like the mustard of the armchair and the cushions of the sofa; and ends with a third that provides contrast. In this case, dark blue. You got it! And if you like to decorate with a single color, try including more intense tones to bring it to life.
4. THAT THE SUN DOES NOT ENTER WHEREVER
There is no light, there is no flow. As simple as that. To enhance it, avoid placing furniture in the windows that block the passage of light. And opt for white walls and white furniture: they will multiply the light without losing style. Then use the smaller pieces to give warmth, as has been done in this room with the wooden table and stools.
5. AND LET THERE BE NO LIGHT
Another glitch that can cause a room of ten to crash with the entire team. Before deciding what furniture you want, think about how you are going to distribute it. It will be key to placing the points of light where they will be needed and avoiding future surprises. If the room is dark or poorly lit, your instinct will get you out of there.
6. A TIDAL WAVE OF STYLES
Follow the same deco line throughout your home. What better way to make the decoration of your house flow than by following the same essence throughout it. Continuous floors, carpentry with the same finishes, absence of doors, or glass walls help. And a lot! Now that is fluidity.
7. CHOOSE THE COLOR OF THE WALLS BEFORE EVERYTHING
It is almost the last thing you should choose. Isn’t it easier to paint the whole house than to completely renovate the decoration? A sofa can last you more than 10 years and you must choose it without conditions. If you paint the walls of your house first, the choice of the sofa will depend on the colors of the room. Do it the other way around and you win.
8. TRENDS IN LARGE PIECES
Another mistake that not only loads the flow, but also the style of your house! The trends as they come are going and, if you neglect, you may end up with an orange sofa with sinuous lines and the most modern that is fatal with the furniture in your living room. Sure, we love keeping up with the latest trends, but it’s best to apply them in small doses. Or your house will look like a contemporary museum more than a home.
9. THE DISORDER, OF COURSE!
The shoes here, the magazines there, the plaid of any shape on the sofa… The key to making your home flow, and you with it, is to avoid clutter. We are not going to tell you to get minimalist a la Marie Kondo, but maybe you can take something from her most basic teachings: use boxes and baskets to organize (inside and outside the closets) and remember that if you don’t see it, you don’t you use.