No matter how many hours you spend flicking through interior design magazines and looking at Pinterest boards, bringing to life your decorating dreams isn’t nearly as simple as it might seem. Home décor is highly personal, which means that our houses should look as unique and different as our personalities.
You should be free to experiment however you like. However, there are a few ways that you might do wrong. With that in mind, here are six decorating mistakes to avoid.
1. Picking A Small Rug
Rugs on the smaller side can make a room look fragmented. You might think it would help the space to appear bigger, but the opposite is more often true. While small rugs work well in certain places, you can’t use one as an area rug, especially in the living room. The seating area should sit comfortably on the rug. If all of the furniture won’t fit, you need the front legs from every piece.
2. Lining Walls With Furniture
When working with a tight space, your instinct might be to push every piece of furniture against the walls. The trouble is, while this might open up the middle area, it emphasizes where the room ends. Allowing space between the walls and your furniture will make the area feel more expansive. It gives the illusion that the room is less cramped and therefore, much airer.
3. Overdoing The Throw Pillows
Throw pillows are brilliant decorative accents. They emphasize the theme and tie the room together, but create a more cozy and comfortable space too. However, you shouldn’t use so many of them that you have to move a load from your chair, couch, or bed before you can sit down. They might be displayed that way in magazines, but they shouldn’t be in your house.
4. Forgetting To Test Colors
Some people love painting, while others hate it. If you’re with the latter, then you’ll probably want to get the job done as soon as possible. That being said, you need to test the color you have chosen first. There are lots of interior paint colors, most of which look very different on the wall as they do in the can. You need to see the color in your house before you commit to it.
5. Hanging Artwork Too Low
Anyone in your home should be able to view your artwork without craning their necks. Far too many homeowners hang art much higher on the walls than they should. A good rule of thumb is that artwork should be hung at eye level. If you were to divide the wall horizontally into four sections, then each of the frames should rest within the section that is second from the top.
6. Using The Wrong Lighting
Overhead lighting is useful to have, but it doesn’t offer enough illumination for an entire room. It also isn’t particularly flattering. This is why you should have a mix of overhead, task, and ambient lighting. You can use floor lamps, sconces, string lights, and whatever else you would like to. Just make sure that you have a mix to make the space and everyone in it look better.
When decorating your home, ensure that you avoid making the design mistakes listed above.