There’s a lot of people who can care less about what their home looks like. I admire you. No, actually I’m jealous of you. Decorating encompasses my life. All I think about is what needs to go where and I have to move stuff around often, so it looks just perfect (for the moment). Decorating takes up most of my day, because if I’m not working on designs for a current client, I’m thinking about designs for a future client.
I’m the kind of Decorator that is like, “Design rules, what rules?”, but I definitely know there are some decorating mistakes you should avoid. Below, I’ve rounded up 10 decorating mistakes that you should avoid.
Please feel free to dispute any of the “mistakes” I’ve noted or add to the list. I’d love to know your opinion!
Decorating Mistake #1 – using bathroom rugs that fit around the toilet
Many people will probably disagree with this one, but the bath rugs that are shaped to fit the base of a toilet are a NO-NO. It’s a dated look that is slowly (too slowly) phasing out. Instead, opt for a nice rug on the outside of the shower and/or the sink base, if needed.
Don’t use these toilet rugs. Please.
Decorating Mistake #2 – Filling a room with “Dollar Store” accessories or furniture.
If you decorate with only Dollar Store accessories or furniture, that’s what your home would look like: a Dollar Store.
Decorating Mistake #3 – Exposed wires.
Don’t leave your TV and component wires exposed. Find a way to hide them behind components or if the budget allows: in the walls. You can also get decorative cord covers.
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Sometimes you can get away with the cords of a game console exposed. Sometimes.
Decorating Mistake #4 – Poorly themed rooms (hawaiian, sports, beachy, etc.).
Sometimes this can work. If you’re going to do a theme, try to go more broad, like Nautical, instead of an isolated them, like Seashells (or go with Safari, instead of Zebra). To make a decorating theme work, try doing working with the colors and style of a theme, opposed to characters and an overload of art related to the theme. For example, if you love Paris, don’t decorate your room with stuff just related to Paris. How about using some vintage Paris what-nots and spreading them (moderately) throughout the room and going with a Global/Travel theme, opposed to just Paris. You can use suitcases as side tables and art could be a world map, pictures of different places you’ve been, etc.
Decorating Mistake #5 – Cheap, outdated accessories, hardware, and lighting fixtures.
By not updating dated accessories and hardware, your home would remain outdated state. Changing hardware is quite inexpensive. Lighting can be more expensive, but unless you have a beautiful, vintage light fixture that adds to the appeal of your decor, you should invest in new fixtures.
Decorating Mistake #6 – Too many heavy furniture pieces or too many light furniture pieces.
You want to make sure there’s balance in your furniture pieces. If not, your room looks all Alice In Wonderland-y. If you have massive furniture, I’m not saying that you should mix in a teeny ottoman, but you can go with medium scale living chairs (for example).
Decorating Mistake #7 – Visible clutter
When decorating, you’ll need to get rid of the clutter. Clutter makes a room look small, dirty, and congested. You can always use storage units, baskets, drawers, etc. to hide your clutter. If you collect small items and want them laid out on a surface, it could look like a cluttered mess if the items aren’t clean (or at least dust-free). Also make sure that the layout makes sense, don’t just throw your items any kind of way on a table.
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Decorating Mistake #8 – Furniture that doesn’t fit.
Yes, that sectional sofa can fit all 10 of your girlfriends, but if it spans wall to wall of your room, it shouldn’t be there. In order to have a well decorated space, furniture should look as they were made to fit in your space(s).
Decorating Mistake #9 – Placing all your furniture along the walls.
If possible, pull your furniture away from the walls and in the center of your room. Many times if you have one sofa against a wall and another across from it on the against the opposite wall, the amount of space in between is too large for an appropriate conversation area. Floating furniture makes a room feel cozier and can help define a space, especially it’s an open concept.
Decorating Mistake #10 – Fake (faux) flowers that look too fake.
I don’t think I need to really explain this point, but please don’t decorate your home with cheap, dollar store, faux plants. They make your home look cheap and dated. If you’re concerned about having real plants and flowers, try succulents, they’re hard to kill and look great. You can also bring in greenery from outside your home, especially since it’s Fall. Go out and snip a few branches and put it in a vase! Instant decor! If you must have faux plants (maybe you’re allergic to real ones), make sure the plants are silk, they look much more realistic than the plastic plants.
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I know a lot of people won’t agree that these are “bad” when decorating, but I assure you, if you avoid these decorating mistakes, your space would be just a bit closer to a completely, well-decorated space. Of course, there’s ways to decorate that make these mistakes seem less noticable. And, like I mentioned before, these are my opinions and I’d love to know how you feel about them.
So, tell me, what do you think? Do you agree with these decorating mistakes? Or am I overreacting? Please drop a comment and let me know!
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