You are decorating all wrong! Here is a list of common decorating mistakes you are making and how to fix them. Get your home in shape!
Have you ever looked at a space in your home and thought, “Hmm.. Something seems off”, but couldn’t figure out what the actual issue was? Lets see if we can fix that! Let’s get your house looking like it should by going over these very common decorating mistakes and fixing them! Now, if you find yourself disagreeing with any of the “mistakes” listed, don’t be offended. If you like the way your home looks, then keep it that way! I may or may not break a few of these myself, if I’m being honest!
This post is all about common decorating mistakes!
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Decorating Mistakes You’re Making and How to Fix Them
1. You’re being too Wordy!
Adding catchy and cute phrases to your home is a fun way to show your personality, but please don’t make me read a novel every time I look at a different wall or shelf in your home. I personally see this on a lot of shelves. One funny saying or sweet quote per room or space is more than enough! Instead, mix it up by decorating with fun prints, artwork or photos of you and your beautiful family. You may find my reversed canvas tutorial helpful.
2. You’re thinking Too Small!
Did you know that you can make a space look smaller by decorating with pieces that are too small? I see this on walls a lot! I get it though, walls are tough to decorate, especially large ones. They can be pricey to decorate too! To avoid this mistake, your decor or artwork should be proportionate to the size of the wall and cover 60-70% of the open space. This is not including wall space that is covered by furniture like your living room couch. Want a super pretty and cheap way to fix this common decorating mistake? Try my DIY $2 poster hangers and decorate the wall with beautiful photos of your family! I have more cheap and easy wall DIY ideas on this post too.
3. You’re not Mixing it up Enough!
For goodness sakes, mix it up! Make your home go from boring to beautiful just by adding texture. Let’s say you have a cool rustic pallet accent wall in your home, be sure to decorate it with contrasting colors and textures like metal or acrylic rather than more wood. Or maybe you just added a marble-top coffee table to your living room, be sure to add some warmth with a wooden tray or some coffee table books and not more marble. Personally, I love whites and grays, so to keep my home from looking too boring, I add plants and warm textures like wood.
4. You’re not being Practical!
It may be pretty, but does it make sense for your family or season of life? For instance, let’s say you fell in love with a bright white couch for your living room, I would seriously reconsider that couch if you have small children or pets. Sure the couch may be beautiful, but it will immediately lose it’s luster when it gets all stained up. So, save your money and buy a piece that makes more sense for you and your family. Sometimes, I am not the most practical when it comes to staging surfaces in our home like our end tables. Our end tables get used quite a bit, and my decorations tends to get in the way. Less is more sometimes.
5. You’re Home looks too New and Deserves some Personality!
You want your space to look like a home, not the Target Aisle. Your home deserves some personality! Be sure to mix in pieces that hold meaning to you and your family like antiques, family heirlooms, items people or relatives have made for you or old photographs. Don’t get me wrong, my home is full of new decorations I have bought recently, but I also have pieces from garage sales or my grandparents. Be patient when putting your home together and don’t expect it to come together over night. Allow your space to represent your family by filling it with pieces you love.
6. Your Rug is Too Small!
Lets talk rugs! Did you know a rug that is too small for a room (aka a floating rug) can shrink the space?! It’s true. There are a few things to consider if you want to make your space seem larger. For a large area rug, subtract 3 feet from each wall of your room. For dining room rugs, leave 2 feet of the rug from the edge of the table to allow the back legs of the chairs to stay on the rug. Runners for hallways should be about 4 inches narrower than your hallway and at least 18 inches shorter.
7. You’re home is too Formal! Let’s keep it real!
If you have a space in your home that no one is aloud in, I have one question for you and that is “WHY?” Your home is meant to be lived in, so live! I honestly thought this was an old-school thing, but apparently people still have spaces they don’t allow people to use because it’s full of expensive décor or super old furniture they don’t want messed up. Instead of a fancy living room, maybe you can turn the space into something more useful for you and you family like an office, play room or home gym. Use your space!! That’s why you pay a mortgage every month!
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