THE TOP 10 MOST COMMON DECORATING MISTAKES
Decor Faux Pas to Avoid
Don't Hang the Chandelier Too High
Ideally, a chandelier can be the statement and the focal point of a room. IToo large, and they become a monstrosity that overwhelms the space. Too small, they get lost in the room. Choose style, choose shape, choose well. But don’t hang too high. The chandelier must perform its primary function, but it also must perform well with all the other elements in the room. The chandelier is there to elevate the other design elements while making a unique style statement on its own.
Don't Hang Artwork Too High
Art sets the mood in space. It can make a statement of memory, personality, or be your own personal gallery vision. Hang all pieces at eye level. Too high or too low can throw the room off balance and distract from the beauty and character of the space. A collection of art should be treated as one piece.
"Avoid recess lighting like the plague of a swiss cheese ceiling. Recess lighting will flatten your design plain, and seriously dampen any possibility of drama and intrigue in the room."
Don't Choose Short Curtains or Drapes
To achieve the most classic, modern look, your curtains should touch the floor. Add inches to your measurements to make your windows appear wider and higher. Go as high as a few inches to the ceiling for maximum height and drama. If your curtain rod is too low, your windows will appear smaller. If your curtains are too short, the line distraction detracts from the room design and causes a break in the visual flow of a space.
Don't Rely on Overhead Lighting
The key to good light is layering. Don’t rely on only one light source, and instead mix a variety of overhead, floor and table lamps. Pools of light create intimacy and a sense of comfort. And whatever you do, avoid recess lighting like the plague of a swiss cheese ceiling. Recess lighting will flatten your design plain, and seriously dampen any possibility of drama and intrigue in the room.
"Always consider function and comfort before choosing a furniture piece and don’t go all in for a piece that no one will ever sit in."
Don't Use Too Many Throw Pillows
A room can be warm and inviting without throw pillows. Clutter can spread across a home like a tornado. Throw pillows that add something to the space color or pattern wise can finish a room. Experiment and edit. Don’t underestimate the design magic of a throw pillow. But don’t overdo it.
Don't Create a Theme Room
Your decorating style is larger than a theme. And we are all a wonderful mix of what we love, enjoy, and value most. If you narrow your design to just one theme, the room will feel outdated quickly. And then you are stuck spending the money to redo the space while tossing out all the elements that have become “old.” What you want to create is a nest that feel invigorating and fresh every time you enter the space. Choose elements that are beautiful and have real meaning to you.
Don't Push All the Furniture Against the Walls
Let your furniture float. Pull your furniture away from the walls, and create intimate conversation areas. What you don’t want is an awkward empty middle area. Making your space appear larger requires that space is used effectively and purposefully, and with a sense of balance. Give furniture breathing room to create a better feeling of comfort and energy.
"Interior designers warn that small rugs can make a space look even smaller. Ideally, all furniture legs, including the sofas and accent chairs, must sit on the rug."
Don't Opt for Style Over Comfort
Always consider function and comfort before choosing a furniture piece and don’t go all in for a piece that no one will ever sit in. If a furniture item isn’t usable, it will not enhance the look and feel of your space.
Decorating Around More Than One Focal Point
Every room should have a focal point to anchor the design, a space which naturally allows you to place your furniture around and speaks to the function and mood of the space. To create a sense of balance and visual harmony, only one focal point to a room. More than that, and the design will built of sense of confusion in the space, making the room feel cluttered.
Don't Choose a Rug that is Too Small
For the living room, some may tell you to fit your rug just under the coffee table, and leave all seating off the rug. But interior designers warn that small rugs can make a space look even smaller. Ideally, all furniture legs, including the sofas and accent chairs, must sit on the rug. Proper scale for a sitting area requires that the rug extend away from furniture at least six to twelve inches on each side in a smaller space, and twelve to eighteen inches away from the outer edges of furniture in a large space.
"There are two sorts of beauty; one is the result of instinct, the other of study. A combination of the two, with the resulting modifications, brings with it a very complicated richness..”
- Paul Gauguin