Feeling unsure about your decorating choices, look over some of these common decorating mistakes that will help you avoid those regretful feelings later. Some of them might be obvious to you but to others they are a new idea.
A lot of times I have found myself standing in a room with a rug that is just too small. An area rug in a bedroom or living room with wood floors gives a finished look. You wouldn’t think it, but a smaller room needs a bigger rug. It’ll actually make the room look much larger. As for big rooms, invest in a rug that fits at least half, if not all, of your couch, with a few chairs and a coffee table. You will have a well put together living room with an area rug that serves a purpose.
Sometimes we get carried away with adding decorative pillows to our couches or beds. Take time and consider the sofa, bed or style of your room before layering in too many pillows and overwhelming your furniture. If your space is relatively modern, a minimalistic approach of one to three pillows works best on a standard-sofa or queen bed. Remember to mix up patterns, texture, and colors for the best results.
Another common mistake it hanging your curtains to low from the ceiling. If you hang the curtains closer to the ceiling it will give off an illusion of having a greater ceiling and window height. Width-wise, curtains should just cover the frame to create the look of wider, grander windows. Try barely touching the floor with them to create a polished look.
Fear of color can be a decorating mistake as well. Yes, neutrals are fine and are certainly colors, but take a risk an add a splash of color to your walls that would really dress up the room. Remember, it’s only paint. Don’t be afraid, it will take a couple hours to get enough paint on the wall for you to experience it and if you really don’t like it paint it back, or better yet, try a different color.
When dealing with lighting, nothing ruins the ambience of a room then having one spotlight. You want to have at least three light references in a room. Having a chandelier or pendant lighting will diffuse your overhead lighting. I find that having a dimmer set on floor lamps or table lamps where you can adjust the wattage help everything in your space look a lot better.
Giving each area in your space a purpose will help with any awkward furniture arrangements. Place a couch and two chairs together for a comfortable group conversation area. Or try centering two chairs in front of a fireplace for intimate chats. If you have a large room, remember that too many stand-alone objects can make a space look messy.
Well, there you have it. Sometimes it’s easier knowing what NOT to do than try to figure out WHAT to do. Consider these tips, the next time you are inspired to recreate your space.