We all make them. I have certainly made my share. I’m talking about decorating mistakes. Undoing some decorating mistakes are easy but some are hard to correct without costing a good deal of money! Today, I’m sharing 5 common but BIG decorating mistakes that you can avoid making. And if like me, you already have I’ll show you how can fix them. Decorating is a process and usually a process of learning and making mistakes and correcting them and changing things all over again. Let’s learn from these mistakes and learn these lessons today so we don’t have to experience them first hand!
Here are 5 B-I-G home decorating mistakes…
TOO MANY PAINT COLORS
I think one of the most glaring mistakes a home decorator makes is to paint every room in a house a different color! Especially if they are very different colors. It makes the flow of a home disjointed and difficult. A home’s room should flow from one to the next. Using the same or almost the same color from room to room guarantees a home that looks put together and chic! Bedrooms are often different colors but they should work well with the overall paint colors in the rest of the house.
An even bigger no-no is painting trim different colors. Pick a trim color and stick to it!
At StoneGable we chose Benjamin Moore Sonnet for the walls in much of our home and Atrium White, also from Benjamin Moore, for all the woodwork, planked walls, open shelves, and kitchen.
ALL THE FURNITURE PUSHED AGAINST THE WALL
It just seems natural to push all the furniture up against the walls. Doesn’t it leave more space in the center of the room to move around?Well, yes and no! Empty walls are great places to put furniture, just as long as not all the furniture in a room are lined up against the wall.
Play with your furniture. Can you pull out a piece or two and let it “float” in a room? Even if a furniture is close to the wall but pushed out a bit, the furniture arrangement of a room will seem much more interesting!
Okay, don’t get mad at me for this… especially if you are over 50. But I can’t stand matchy-matchy furniture. It screams, “I bought the entire set all at once at the store because I am not creative enough to do it myself”! Way back when it was the style but not anymore. Actually, it’s not been the style for a decade or so. I was a matchy-matchy buyer once too! My dining room table and chairs and buffet all matched and so did my bedroom suite. When you see or hear the work “suite” it is a dead giveaway!
Buy individual furniture pieces you love for a room and coordinate them! Even my slipcovered family room furniture, although white, are not the same color or material. A little difference adds interest and life to a room!
Over the years I got rid of my big, bulky, 18th century mahogany buffet and painted a vintage piece to be a buffet for extra dishes. I painted and reupholstered my 18th century mahogany chairs and replaced my 18th century table with a very updated concrete one.
I’ll be slowly working on my bedroom this year. I think I’m keeping the mahogany rice carved bed and updating it with paint. Not quite sure the direction I’m going in for the rest of the furniture.
ONLY USING OVERHEAD LIGHTING
Oh goodness, this is a no no! Most overhead lighting is ghastly on it’s own!!!! Even if you have the prettiest chandy you should still have some great table or floor lamps. Overhead lighting is hard on the eyes and throws off harsh shadows. It is not a light becoming to humans!!!!!
We don’t necessarily have to get rid of overhead, but do add more lighting to work with it!
Sad, sad, sad! Bare walls are lonely walls! Not all the walls in a room should be decorated, but pick out a couple and give your eyes something fabulous to look at. Fill a big wall with a big mirror! Mirrors are amazing ways to help light bounce around the room! Create a collection of dishes on a wall. Make your own architectural art. Art lifts our eyes up and let’s them travel around the room!
Fill a big wall with a big mirror! Mirrors are amazing ways to help light bounce around the room! Another great way to fill an empty wall is to create a collection of dishes on a wall. Or make your own architectural art. Art lifts our eyes up and let’s them travel around the room!
Another B-I-G mistake that really deserves a category all it’s own is hanging a little picture all by itself on a wall. It really looks lost and is such a tattletale! It shouts to all who see it, “The person who hung this is having a hard time decorating this wall”! Tuck a small picture in a bookcase or prop it against a mirror in the foyer. Make it part of an art gallery… just don’t hang it by itself!
If you have made any of these decorating mistakes you are in good company!!! And if any of these mistakes are living in your home… now you know how to fix them.
Decorating is not a contest or a race. You don’t get a blue ribbon or trophy. It is individual and personal and a big wonderful learning adventure!!!!! Embrace it! All the wins and mistakes because they have helped you to make your house the home you love!!!!
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