Here are the biggest mistakes to avoid while decorating your home

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By Kenny G

Mistakes to Avoid When decorating your home

Mistakes to Avoid When decorating your home: Furnishing a home is a process that involves a myriad of decisions, and it is not uncommon to make a few mistakes along the way.

We have often advised you on what to do, but now it’s time to tell you what not to do.

These missteps can not only compromise the aesthetics of your home but also make it look less welcoming and more “cheap.” In this article, we will explore the biggest mistakes in home furnishing and I will also be constructive by suggesting how to avoid them, enriching your space with personality and style.

What are the mistakes to avoid when furnishing a home?

Here are the most common ones:

Hanging generic artwork and quotes

The first major mistake is hanging generic artwork or clichéd quotes on the walls, such as “Live, Love, Laugh” or “Keep Calm.” These elements, unfortunately common in many homes, lack originality and evoke a sense of déjà vu. Their aesthetic impact is minimal and they do not add value or meaning to your spaces.

Mistakes to avoid when decorating your home: Hanging generic quotes

 

How to avoid it: Choose artwork that reflects your personality or has special meaning to you: personal photographs, commissioned artwork, or unique pieces purchased from platforms like Etsy or Society6.

Art is a form of personal expression and should speak about you and your vision of the world.

Neglecting the size of the room

Furnishing a room with objects that are either too large or too small can disrupt the balance and flow of space.

The solution? Measure the space before purchasing furniture and consider the size of the objects in relation to the room and to each other. Strive for a balanced distribution of larger and smaller pieces.

An environment with objects that are too small appears disjointed and unwelcoming. Small rugs, disproportionately sized artwork, and coffee tables that seem lost in space are all examples of how poor size assessment can negatively impact the overall decor.

When choosing a rug, make sure it is large enough to at least have the front legs of the furniture placed on it.

For wall art, look for pieces that are at least half or two-thirds the width of the furniture on which it is hung.

Lastly, for coffee tables, the general rule is that they should be at least half the length of the sofa.

Hanging curtains incorrectly

Curtains hung too low or on rods that are not wide enough can make windows appear smaller and ceilings lower than they actually are, compromising the entry of natural light as well.

How to avoid it: Mount curtain rods as high as possible, ideally halfway or two-thirds of the distance between the top frame of the window and the ceiling. Ensure that the rods are wide enough to allow the curtains to frame the window when open, without obstructing it. The curtains should either touch the floor or lightly graze it.

Having everything in plain sight

Disorderly display of items can give an impression of chaos and clutter. This also applies to open storage spaces such as shelves and bookcases, which often become receptacles for unattractive objects.

How to avoid it: Embrace the concept of minimalism and declutter your space. Consider using closed storage solutions like cabinets or baskets to hide items that are not aesthetically pleasing. Keep only those items on display that are visually appealing and contribute to the overall aesthetic of the room.

It may bring a smile, but beware of the tendency to accumulate…

How to avoid it: Curate what you choose to display. Hide less visually appealing items in closets or drawers. In the kitchen, for example, only display pieces that contribute to the aesthetics of the space and keep less attractive utensils hidden. Consider smart storage solutions such as baskets or containers under the bed or built-in wall cabinets.

Seeking too much matching and continuity

The pursuit of aesthetic continuity can lead to choosing coordinated furniture sets that, instead of creating harmony, make the environment monotonous and devoid of character.

Choosing inadequate lighting

Insufficient or excessively intense lighting can ruin the atmosphere of a room.

Solution: Layer your lighting with a combination of ambient, task, and accent lights. Use dimmers and intensity regulators and choose light bulbs with appropriate lumens and color temperature for the desired atmosphere.

Mistakes to avoid when decorating your home
Mistakes to avoid when decorating your home: excessively intense lighting

Overcrowding the space

Filling a room with too much furniture or decorations can make it feel cluttered and smaller than it actually is.

Solution: Be selective with your furniture and decorations. Make sure to leave sufficient empty spaces for a clean and open look.

By avoiding these common furnishing mistakes and adopting these solutions, you’ll be well on your way to creating a home that is both stylish and comfortable.

Mistakes to avoid when furnishing a home: 5 things to remember

We have summarized everything in a table to help you remember what should really be avoided.

Mistakes to avoid Solutions
Overcrowding the space Be selective with furniture and decorations. Leave empty spaces for a clean and open look.
Neglecting the size of the room Measure the available space and choose furniture that is suitable in terms of dimensions. Also consider the scale of objects relative to the room and each other.
Choosing inadequate lighting Layer lighting with a combination of ambient, task, and accent lights. Use dimmers and choose light bulbs with appropriate lumens and color temperature.
Not considering functionality Ensure that furniture is functional and provides sufficient storage solutions or space.
Ignoring personal style Reflect your personal style in the decor. Choose pieces that represent you and create a cozy and authentic atmosphere.

Mistakes to Avoid When decorating your home

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