We all make home decorating mistakes, that’s just part of the game. And it’s OK, mistakes allow us to learn and improve, and sometimes a mistake can become an accent or a feature. But some mistakes are better avoided at all.
We’re making a list of common things that can go wrong when decorating your home and we hope you’ll find it useful. Below are top 15 home decor mistakes that we think you should do your best to avoid.
Painting without Testing
So you’ve decided on a color based on its psychology and the mood you want to create for the room, you paint the room and notice it doesn’t look how you imagined it would be. Test before painting the entire walls, use swatches and mood boards to get a good idea of what it will really look like.
Marble is a classy material and the idea to make your kitchen look expensive is a tempting one, but you will regret the decision to install a marble countertop when the first scratches and stains appear. Consider a more durable material like quartz.
So you want to create an accent and go fancy with the choice of sofa. Colorful pattern explosion gives character to the decor, unfortunately it’s very committing and you can’t switch the sofa as easily as you can replace accent throw pillows. Being stuck with a vibrant sofa that’s becoming boring can quickly become an eyesore.
Clutter of Photos
We all have a lot of memories to share, pictures of people close to us that we want to see every day. But keeping that many pictures in a cluster on a surface quickly becomes a clutter and that’s just no good. Instead, consider creating a grid gallery on the wall and moderate the surface displays.
Visible Cable Mess
Cables of the TV and electronics can add up to a mess very quickly and you should do your best to organize and hide that mess. Read about how to hide the cords and cables in your home.
Too Many Patterns
Your style may be eclectic and you may adore busy patterns but keep in mind that too many patterns that compete with each other make visually stressed decor that looks cluttered. Mastering pattern matching isn’t easy and we’re not saying you shouldn’t experiment to learn it, but begin with fewer patterns and soft hues.
Rushing to Decorate
You don’t have to attempt to decorate your home overnight as if there’s going to be a photo shoot for a home decor magazine the next morning (unless it really will). The real home decor happens over time as you bring more things to your home and your ideas evolve as you live into it.
Buying Old Furniture That Needs Reupholstering
You may find that cool looking vintage chair in your local flea market and you may get a good deal on it, but don’t underestimate the cost of reupholstering that it may take.
All White Rugs and Furniture
White is classic and elegant, so it may be tempting to get a white rug or a sofa and give your room a striking clean look. Unfortunately, even if you don’t have pets or kids and you really keep your home clean, that white will wear out and get discolored eventually. Try to limit the number of white pieces at home.
That piece of furniture looked good in the catalog and it may even look good at your home, but if it’s so uncomfortable that it becomes an item of display and nobody uses it there’s no point in getting it in the first place.
Going Too Trendy
Chasing trends is not the best idea for two reasons. For one, trends change and you may have to keep changing things up with them. And secondly, not everything that looks good in a catalog will look good at your home and you may end up with clashing pieces.
That oversized couch may seem like the most comfortable idea but if you don’t spend that much time crawling up to watch TV it will just be this big piece of furniture that takes up so much space. Pick things that you will actually use, don’t buy into just the idea of them.
Getting some houseplants for your home is a good decision but you have to do your research first. You don’t want them to die on you because your home doesn’t have the required conditions.
A DIY Project That Went Wrong
There’s a big community of DIY home projects and a countless number of ideas to try. The tutorials make it look easy but you may find that it’s more complicated than it seems when it goes wrong and you end up with something horrendous. Worse yet if you invest so much time into it that you don’t have the heart to throw it away.
You have to decorate the walls but don’t resort to a random piece of art. What you hang on your walls must have a meaning, be it something personal or at the very least complementing your color scheme.
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