Top Five Decorating Mistakes, and How to Avoid Them!
There is nothing worse than getting all excited to decorate only to have your
efforts fall flat. Here is an overview of the top five decorating mistakes
and how to avoid them.
Number One: Not Getting Help
The number one mistake homeowners make is thinking they can pull a house
together by buying a few individual pieces they like and putting them in a
room. This is an invitation for disaster. It is too easy to buy the wrong
size (usually too big) and colors and patterns that don't mix well.
How to Avoid This Mistake: Your best bet is to call a decorator and ask for a
few hours of planning help. A decorator can look at your house and find out
how you plan on using each room. This will help her determine how you will
live in your home. Once she knows that she can help you design a decorating
plan. This plan will incorporate pieces you already have and give you a
shopping list to buy against. This is the key element. A decorator will help
you define color, texture, fabric and size. With just a few hours of a
decorator's time, you can save yourself from making big mistakes in the
Number Two: Poor Furniture Arrangement
There is nothing worse than walking into a room where all the furniture is
lined up against the wall. This actually makes your room look smaller. It
also drains the life out of it.
How to Avoid This Mistake: The best tactic to keep in mind when arranging
furniture is to never place an upholstered item against a wall. You want to
create warm, intimate groupings that will give the room some character. Also,
having the furniture away from the walls, makes the room look bigger. Being
able to see beyond the furniture to walls visually expands the space.
Number Three: Haphazard Accessories
The worst thing you can do when adding accessories to your home is to buy
everything at one time. What you put around your home as accent pieces should
reflect who you are. It is unlikely that you will be able to find these
things all at once or in one store. There is a reason most stores sell
vintage-style accessories. Accessories should look like they are a part of
How to Avoid This Mistake: Try adding a child's painting or a sculpture your
best friend made. It will add a personal touch to your room. The other
accessory mistake is in arranging them. Don't just put one accessory in each
place. Group them. Try to create a theme, find something that relates the
pieces to each other. And don't be afraid to move your accessories around
once in a while. There is no rule that says that decorating must stay
stagnate once designed.
Number Four: Window Treatments Out of Control
The biggest mistake people make when adding window treatments to a home is to
forget how they will look from the outside. Sure different colors may look
great from the inside, but do you really want one green window, one blue and
one red from the street? It will make the outside of your home look strange
How to Avoid This Mistake: Make sure you use one consistent treatment
underneath all window treatments. This could be the same color sheers or
blinds. It will hide the different colors from the street view.
Number Five: Painting It Wrong
Most people are simply too timid about color. They think they have to be
conservative for resale value. They think they should stick to natural colors
to make the room look bigger. This can be a big mistake.
How to Avoid This Mistake: Be bold. Try dramatic colors that you love. It
won't change the visual size of the room. But it could change the feeling.
And if you make a mistake, so what? Paint is relatively cheap and easy to
cover up. But just because it is a cheaper element in the home doesn't mean
it has less impact.
To avoid the biggest mistakes in decorating, you have to let your personality
show through your. The style of your home should come from within. Be bold or
timid, but match your personality. People should know who you are when they
walk through the door.
Source: Based on information from St. Paul Magazine.