Listed below are a few Decorating Mistakes and Solutions
1. Buying Sets
Matching furniture sold as sets masquerade as easy shopping solutions. In reality, they’re just dull decorating. Furniture sets are a thing of the past. Instead, pick different pieces that compliment each other in terms of proportion and finish but still have their own unique design elements. It’ll make your space much more interesting! If you currently have furniture sets then add an additional furniture complimentary piece to spice up your décor. E.g. trunks, end table, foot stools etc..
2. Cluttered Table Tops
Too often end tables find themselves cluttered with souvenirs and framed photographs – and those cluttered surfaces can quickly make even the cleanest rooms look messy. Instead, clear off those surfaces by hanging photographs on walls, and displaying other precious items on shelves. Rotate what you have if there’s more that you want to show off.
3. Ignoring Entryways
A front entrance is the first thing guests see when they visit a home. However, it’s often an area of the house that’s neglected when it comes to decorating. Your foyer is the perfect opportunity to make a style statement – and set the tone for the rest of your home – so don’t leave it empty. Add some color, hang a mirror, or use a well-placed table to store keys and mail when you walk through the door. If you enter your home into a hall way, be sure to decorate the hall way as well.
4. Outdated Accessories
Sometimes it’s the little things that can make a big impact – like door handles, cabinet hardware, and faucets. Don’t let your rooms feel dated by hanging onto old accessories. These items are relatively easy to change – and provide a quick way to give your space an instant update.
5. Too Much Stuff
We’re all probably guilty of this however, today’s selection of multi-functional furniture and stylish storage solutions makes organizing a breeze! Invest in stylish storage baskets to keep small objects in their place and prevent shelves from looking too cluttered. Furniture pieces, like storage benches and ottomans, can also provide functional storage options
6. Everything Matches
Yes, you want the pieces in your space to go together, but a room that’s too matchy-matchy is just boring. Don’t be afraid to branch out and play with different combinations of colors and patterns. As you look around a room, it should be easy to pick out different pieces and accents that capture your attention. You should have at least 3 different colors in the room to start and then add additional colors and patterns from there. The dining photo below has the colors Dark Grey, Yellow, Beige and White. The Photo has a combination of all four colors although white is the base color for the room. We recommend you start with solids then you can venture into using patterns.
7. Pushing Furniture Out
All too often furniture gets pushed out towards the walls of a room, turning the space into one that feels boxy and uniform. Pulling furniture in towards the center of a room not only makes it feel inviting, it also provides an opportunity to show off decorative furniture backings.
8. Floating Area Rugs
Do you have an area rug that just sits nicely in the middle of the room? If you do, it’s most probably too small for the space. A rug should be a significant part of a room, with the front legs of your furniture able to rest on top of it. When shopping for area rugs, keep in mind that the one you choose should allow for a 12-16” border of flooring around the perimeter of your space.
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