The whole title of this post is Why I’m not afraid to make decorating mistakes and why you shouldn’t either! Today is PRACTICALLY SPEAKING and I want to have a heart to heart talk about why home decorators like you and me should not be afraid to make mistakes when it comes to decorating! And believe me, I am talking from experience.
Let’s talk frankly about why many times a mistake is our best teacher and how not getting it right the first time hones our style and decorating acumen!
BIGGEST REASON FOR BEING STUCK
I think, and this is not scientific, the fear of making a mistake drives lots of home decor enthusiasts not to update and change things in their homes.
I call it FEAR OF DECORATING or F-O-D!
Even more than money, I think many home decorators get “stuck” because they are afraid not to get it right! And that fear causes many of us not to make decisions about painting, covering, making, and buying new things for our home!
Raise your hand if you agree! Yup, I thought so. My hand used to be raised too!
Shouldn’t we should love our homes and make them the best they can be! And that mean updating and sprucing up and changing things as they get worn and very dated! It’s all about loving our home and loving what we live with!
I’m not talking about being frivolous or having a buy-buy-buy mentality. I’m talking about why we don’t want to make even the wisest and most needed changes in our homes! Why we get “stuck”!
Let’s talk about mistakes. I try to be fearless when it comes to decorating. I love to take risks. How many people would put a zebra rug in a farmhouse, right?
DECORATING MISTAKES ARE A CHANCE TO LEARN
I have made so many mistakes. Big, giant decorating mistakes! Like the time I painted my study and back stairs Pepto Bismal Pink! Or changed my home to look like a Tuscan villa. I call that my “Tuscan” phase! I’m made some real bloopers! And I still do!
But each mistake was a great big learning experience!
I learned that you should check how terracotta paint color looks in a room with very little natural light before you go away for the day and let your husband paint it. I learned that paint does not look the same on walls as it does in the can or on the paint chips the nice people at the paint store give you.
I learned that after I cried about working in a room that looks like the inside of a Pepto Bismal bottle that I could eventually laugh, and laugh until I wet myself just a little! Shhh, that’s our secret!
I also learned that I could fix it! Yes, it took time and a little money and sweat equity but it makes a great story, and boy I learned about paint color!
I still think choosing a paint color is difficult but the search for the perfect color is well worth it. My bright pink walls taught me a very, very valuable decorating lesson! And not only a decorating lesson but a life lesson!
ABOUT FOLLOWING TRENDS WITHOUT MAKING DECORATING MISTAKES
I really loved the Tuscan colors of the 90’s and went crazy painting and sewing and acquiring lots of red and gold furnishings and home accents to work with Tuscan sun colors! But in my heart I knew that I lived in a farmhouse in Lancaster County Pa and not in Tuscany!
And no matter how much I loved those warm colors I was not being true to the style of my home! Nor to me either really! I bought into the popular style of the day! I chose to follow the decor crowd because I was not confident about my own personal style yet.
But out of the “Tuscan phase,” I learned a huge lesson that made the biggest difference in the way I look at my home!
It was way more important to live with what I love than to fall into popular trends!
My farmhouse screamed to be set free of its dark gold walls! I could almost hear them sighing with relief as I painted them Sonnet, a gorgeous neutral that they still wear today!
I covered brown and red chairs with white duck cloth and saved for a new sofa. I added an inexpensive jute rug to the family room and spray painted red pottery creamy whites! I collected white dishes and planked a wall or two.
My home is happy and it is its authentic self. And I’m much happier too. Along the way, I began to understand my style much better.
HOW TO HANDLE TRENDY DECOR
If I want to get trendy (and I must admit I love new trends) I make or buy inexpensive accent pieces to scratch my trendy itch! Remember that trends come and go. It’s fun to add a little bit of edgy trend to our homes to keep them fresh, but we should not make an investment in them!
DEVELOPING YOUR UNIQUE STYLE
Mistakes not only teach us the biggest decorating lessons and help up learn and pinpoint our style, but they also can be fixed, most of them anyway!
Most decor mistakes are not something you have to live with forever! You can repaint a wrong color, return a lamp that does not work, send back a buffet that is too big and cover a great chair who’s fabric is not right.
Yes, it does take energy and time. But remember you are becoming a better home decorator with a great eye for what will work in your home!
When it comes to things like flooring and custom furnishing I tend to be a little more careful. They are large investments and often cannot be exchanged. Maybe I’m a little conservative, but I usually chose very classic styles in neutral colors that will last a long long time! This is part of MY style!
Don’t get “stuck”! Don’t be afraid. Start with one thing and DO IT, COVER IT, PAINT IT, CHANGE IT OUT!
You will feel exhilarated! And your home will look more like the home of your dreams! Be creative, be resourceful, and have fun with your home decor!
THE MISTAKE OF BEING “DONE”
One of the most destructive mindsets when decorating is the thought you are “DONE”! When you are done you are stuck!!!!
Just like life, things change and everything has an expiration date! We are never done decorating. We should always be evolving!
We can decorate and change things up and one day find our sweet spot. When we are so happy with our homes and how they look, work and feel. I think that is all about finding our style! But remember to keep it fresh and don’t be afraid to change things up a bit.
Keep curating your look!
ANOTHER DECORATING CHAPTER
We are now in our Tanglewood home and it’s another decorating adventure. I can’t say I have found my decorating sweet spot yet, but I’m working towards that goal.
And again, I’m learning a whole lot about decorating, my style and how to work with the style of my home!
Let’s talk and share with one another about our decor successes and pitfalls today! Please feel free to interact with others but be nice! We are a community and we should be responding to others! Can’t wait to hear from you today!
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