How to Handling Decorating Challenges And Getting Unstuck

Do you ever feel stuck with your decor, uncertain about your color choices, furniture arrangement, or overall style direction? You’re not alone. Many of us have experienced that feeling when it comes to decorating our homes. Here are designer secrets for handling decorating challenges and getting unstuck.

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But don’t worry – I’ve got plenty of advice to share on how to navigate through those moments of uncertainty and breathe new life into your space! First and foremost, let me reassure you that feeling stuck doesn’t have to be a permanent state. There are ways to shake off that sense of hopelessness and reclaim your excitement for decorating. Let’s dive into some actionable steps to help you get unstuck and create a home you love!

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Take a Deep Breath and Express Gratitude

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Feeling stuck with your decor can be frustrating, but it’s important to approach the situation with a positive mindset.

Instead of resigning yourself to dissatisfaction, take a moment to pause and appreciate the blessings of having a roof over your head and a place to call home. Sometimes, simply taking a deep breath and being thankful for what you have can shift your perspective and bring a sense of peace amidst the chaos of decorating decisions.

Know Your Decorating Style And Color Palette

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One of the most effective ways to break free from decor stagnation, aka being stuck, is to know your decorating style inside and out. Many of us are drawn to beautiful decor pieces but struggle to seamlessly integrate them into our homes.

One of the biggest reasons we struggle with decorating our homes and often get stuck making decorating decisions is not having a clear understanding of our personal style and how to filter out every item that does not reflect it

By taking the time to explore and define your unique style, you’ll gain confidence in selecting decor pieces that align with your vision and create a more curated look.

5 Steps For Finding Your Unique Style And How To Use It is a must-read. It will help you identify and name your style and show you how to use this knowledge to choose the perfect home decor.

Choosing and using a color palette is a powerful strategy to avoid getting stuck in decision-making when it comes to decorating your home. By establishing a cohesive color scheme upfront, you provide yourself with a clear framework to guide your design choices.

Start by selecting a primary color or two that resonate with your personal style and preferences. Then, consider complementary shades and accents that work with your chosen palette. Having a predefined color palette not only streamlines the decision-making process but also ensures that every element of your decor works together.

Whether you’re selecting paint colors, furniture, or accessories, knowing your color palette helps you make confident choices and creates a cohesive look throughout your home. So embrace the power of color to guide your decorating plan and avoid getting stuck in indecision.

How To Choose A Color Palette For Your Home and 8 Things About Color You Should Know will help you choose a color story that you will love to live with.

Create a Plan
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Creating a plan is essential for tackling decor challenges and achieving your desired outcome. Without a roadmap in place, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to start.

Start by identifying your decorating goals and priorities, then break down the process into manageable steps. Consider creating a Pinterest board or vision board to gather inspiration and visualize your ideal home decor aesthetic. This will not only help you clarify your vision but also serve as a reference point throughout the decorating process.

Tackle Your Worst Offender

When you’re feeling stuck with your decor, it’s easy to become fixated on the aspects of your home that you’re unhappy with. Instead of trying to tackle everything at once, focus on addressing one area or room that you’re least satisfied with. Whether it’s updating the paint color, rearranging furniture, or decluttering and organizing, tackling one task at a time will prevent overwhelm and allow you to make meaningful progress towards transforming your space.

Do One Motivating Thing

Sometimes, all it takes is one motivating action to kickstart your decorating process and help you beautify your home. Taking proactive steps toward positive change can make a world of difference in how you feel about your home.

Clean It Up

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The easiest way to feel better about your space is to clean it up. Get rid of anything that is tired or broken or does not give you joy! And organize. Why hold onto things that don’t serve a purpose anymore? Donate them and let them give someone else joy! I’ve lived with some pretty sparse rooms in my day. I just am determined to clean up and weed out what is not working in my home!

Live with Less

Living with less can be a liberating experience, especially for those who tend to overdecorate or accumulate unnecessary clutter. Embracing the mantra of “bigger is better and less is more” allows you to create a more spacious, airy, and visually pleasing environment. Focus on decorating your home with beautiful items that enhance your space and bring you joy rather than filling every corner with unnecessary decor.

Change What You Can

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Let’s get real! You may not be able to change everything in a room or your home, but you can change some things. These are wise, true words. If you really don’t like your cherry dining room set anymore but you spent too much to get rid of it (I understand!)… don’t be resigned to living with it. Keep the table, paint the side chairs, and make reupholstering the chairs a DIY project! Then get inexpensive but pretty new headchairs! I did that exact thing to my matchy-matchy expensive set!

All Decor Has an Expiration Date

Like the milk in our refrigerator, All decor has an expiration date! Please remember this. Every decade in history is marked by its signature fashion and home decor. What decade are you living in within your home? If it makes you happy, then great! But if you are stuck with decades-old decor and it makes you unhappy, then break out of the past! Use the tips above to help you.

Love Your Home, Love the Process

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This comprehensive guide provides a roadmap for overcoming decor challenges and revitalizing your space. By following these actionable steps, you’ll be well on your way to creating a home that reflects your unique style and brings you joy every day. So, don’t get stuck in the decorating process – embrace the opportunity to transform your space and make it truly your own!

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FAQs About Decorating With Confidence

This tried-and-true interior design rule suggests that 60 percent of your decor or color should be a dominant style or color, 30 percent a secondary style or color, and 10 percent an accent style or color.

Overdecorating is a very common problem. Editing is one of the most important things you can do to keep from overdecorating. Clear away any and all clutter and choose what you put on every surface and in every space carefully. The biggest culprits for overdecorating and clutter are the flat surfaces in your home.

The number one thing to do when you are dissatisfied or stuck with your decor is to pick one thing you are unhappy with and change it. Just that one positive action will start the ball decorating ball rolling and help move forward to decorate with confidence.

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3 Comments

  1. Dana Meyer says:

    Hello Yvonne, I have a corner fireplace that stumps me in placement of furniture . I can pick for others but when it comes to me I lock up! Lol
    I know I will eventually figure it out.
    I am also a empty nester that downsized to new home and brought
    Some furniture with me that i want to replace. I enjoy reading your blog thank you.

    1. I’m so glad you are enjoying StoneGable. My best advice is to arrange your furniture to suit the room and not to make the fireplace a focal point. Hope this helps.

  2. Omg, I love these ideas. I think you have a camera hidden in our home, because you just described how I am feeling lately. Not feeling it! Not sure the direction to go with this entire house. But you said somethings in this fabulous post. Something that I got to do more of still. That is to get rid of stuff. Take on the attitude that “ less is best.” At least it got to be for me. Or I am stuck!
    Thank you for this outstanding post.