Let’s talk about 5 big decorating mistakes and ways to fix them! We all make them but the magic lies in how to correct them or how to avoid making mistakes in the first place. Here are 5 of the most common decorating mistakes we make and ways to fix them.
Undoing some decorating mistakes are easy but some are hard to correct without costing a good deal of money! Let’s just face that fact head on and move on! Right?
Today, I’m calling on both the StoneGable home and the Tanglewood home to give you examples! Both homes are “StoneGable-ed” as a friend recently said but they are unique in the colors I chose for each! I love that I can show examples using both of our most recent homes!
Ready to talk about 5 common but BIG decorating mistakes that you can avoid making? And if like me, you already have made these mistakes so I’ll show you how can fix them.
THE NUMBER ONE DECORATING MISTAKE… THE WRONG PAINT COLOR
Choosing the perfect paint color is not an easy task. But most of us know rather quickly if the paint color we have chosen is all wrong for a room.
I think choosing the wrong paint color is probably the most common mistake home decorators make. UGH!
And it can be both costly and
Here are my quick tips for avoiding this mistake…
- choose a color from inspiration you find in your room
leanabout the anatomy of a paint strip
- discover the importance of the tone, tint, and shade of a color
- know if the color you choose is warm or cool
- paint lots of strips of different paint on a wall you are thinking about painting
- note how the color strips on your wall react to sunlight and artificial lighting
- if the color on your wall is very dark or a bright color, paint the wall white before adding paint strips to the wall
THE EASY FIX…
Go see 6 TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE PERFECT PAINT COLOR. This post expands on the tips above and guarantees paint color perfection! And you can see the colors I used at our StoneGable home.
For our Tanglewood home, we chose Benjamin Moore Simply White. Look for a post about why we chose this beautiful white soon!
CLOSE COUSIN OF THE BIGGEST DECORATING MISTAKE: TOO MANY COLORS
The rooms in a home should flow together and make a beautiful and seamless transition! And one of the biggest ways to do that is to keep the
Painting rooms in your home too many colors!
This decorating mistake can make an entire home look disjointed and confusing. No matter how much you might try to make a home look cohesive it won’t!
THE EASY FIX…
Choose a paint color that will work in most of your home. And get to it!
Also, you can choose a few paint colors, but build a color palette for your home around them and stick to those few colors.
Here are my best tips concerning painting rooms in your home…
- always pick out paint color with all the other colors of a room in mind
- keep is simple! It’s hard to choose paint colors that work with a whole house
- if you paint other rooms in your home other colors make sure they all work together and are a shade (black paint added) or tint (white paint added) of one main color
- all the trim of a home should be painted the same color, period!
And again, read and reread 6 TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE PERFECT PAINT COLOR
CHOOSING A RUG THAT IS TOO SMALL
I cringe when I see a small rug that is too small trying to pass as a great way to bring a room together. NEVER use a rug too small for a room. It screams “I’m a decorating mistake“!
Using a rug that is too small for a space.
Oh, goodness! I’ve made this decorating mistake a few times! So learn from me!
Just recently I chose a gorgeous chetah inspired rug for the living room but when it came it was too narrow! UGH! And I know better!
But my easy fix for this chetah rug was to use it in our Master Bedroom!
Many rugs in magazines and on blogs are really too small! They look lovely because the design around them is perfect. And they are shown in a “beauty shot” that does not show the entire room. If a wide shot was taken of the room the rug would show up as a glaring mistake!
A rug should fill a good deal of the floor space in a room. Don’t be fooled into thinking a rug looks fine only under a coffee table or a little bigger than a dining room table. And please make sure a rug sticks out on all sides of the bed it sits on and has lots of rug showing!
THE EASY FIX…
A great way to fix a rug that is too small for the area is to put a larger very neutral rug under it. Like sisal or another natural fiber rug that fills
Here’s a very informative post about HOW TO LAYER A RUG LIKE A PRO.
And always, always, always know the return policy of any online rug you buy! So, if it is not perfect you can send it back.
CURTAINS THAT AREN’T HUNG HIGH ENOUGH AND DON’T FALL TO THE FLOOR
You might take a second look at the curtains in your home. If your curtains are not hung as high as they can go on a normal height window and room then they aren’t creating beauty in a room!
And on the other side of the decorating coin are curtains that do not touch or trouser crease or puddle a bit on the floor!
Low hanging and high water curtains
This is a big decorating mistake and the beauty of a room will be hurt by this, big time!
THE EASY FIX…
Repeat my curtain mantra…
HANG EM HIGH AND SWING EM LOW!
You don’t need expensive and heavy drapery anymore! They are very very dating. Go for a simple straight curtain that hangs as high up to the ceiling as possible and
Or think about getting rid of curtains all together! I just did!
I love the look of a “bare” window! And a quick word about blinds. Get quality blinds with large slates and show them off!
ANOTHER BIG DECORATING MISTAKE… TOO MATCHY MATCHY
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”!
I know you are not like that my friend. But that’s not what your furniture is telling everyone! Shame on it!
Way back when it was the style but not anymore. Actually, it’s not been the style for a couple decades 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 ( OR set). When you see or hear the word “suite” (or set) it is a dead giveaway!
At the Tanglewood house, we don’t have a formal dining room but we are match-less here too! And very minimal. How freeing!
Furniture bought for a whole room that matches!
THE QUICK FIX…
Buy individual furniture pieces you love for a room and coordinate them! A little difference adds interest and life to a room!
I had a beautiful and way too expensive mahogany dining room set. Over 7 years I broke up the set to create a more contemporary mix and match look.
First I repaint and reupholstered the chairs and then I purchased new neutral head chairs. Next, the buffet was painted. After that, I replaced my oriental carpet with a pretty indoor/outdoor rug in a big geometric pattern. The mahogany table was finally replaced with a concrete-topped table with classic legs and the painted buffet went and a new white buffet came to live in the dining room.
With every step of the makeover, I liked my dining room more and more. And the key to replacing matchy-matchy furniture are the words “over time”. It took seven years of little changes for the dining room to look as it does today!
If you love the set you have then that is wonderful! But if you have any matchy-matchy furniture you are feeling stuck with begin changing things out a little at a time!
My furniture is no longer matchy-matchy and I love being free of that “all one color wood” look!
By the way, this is not a quick fix but it is one that won’t ruin your budget!
And on another note, here is where the white buffet from our dining room made a home at Tanglewood!
ONLY ONE SOURCE OF LIGHTING
Oh goodness, this is a no no! Most overhead lighting is ghastly on its own!!!!
Even if you have the prettiest chandelier you should still have some great table or floor lamps.
Only using overhead lighting is a decorating faux pas!
Overhead lighting is hard on the eyes and throws off harsh shadows. It is not a light becoming to humans!!!!!
THE EASY FIX…
We don’t necessarily have to get rid of overhead, but do add more lighting to work with it!
Think of light zones in a room. You want to overlap pools of light given off by lamps. Make sure there are no dark areas or corners.
And remember you don’t need to use the same wattage in every lighting fixture in a room. Put lamps on dimmers so you have pools of soft overlapping light in a room.
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! Embrace all your wins and decorating mistakes because they have helped to make your house the home you love!!!!
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