It’s easy to think that home decoration is just a matter of taste, but there are many things you can do wrong with your interior design choices. Your home is an extension of who you are and what you like, so the last thing you want is for your decorating mistakes to ruin its aesthetic value.
In this blog post, you’ll discover tips on avoiding common mistakes in home decorating — from choosing furniture and lighting fixtures to picking out wall art or curtains.
Choosing the Wrong Color Palette
When it comes to home decor, you should avoid some colors and use others. For example, the best choice for your bedspread is white or cream-colored sheets if you have a blue guest room.
Why? Because these two shades will give the illusion of space in your room, making it look larger than it is.
The same rule applies when decorating your living room as well. However, many other factors influence this decision (such as how much light gets into the area). And it’s safe to say that lighter-colored furniture works better with darker walls and vice versa.
Putting Art Too High on the Wall
This is a common interior decoration faux pas, especially when placing artwork in your dining room. A good rule of thumb is to place the top of a painting or photograph around eye level.
Any higher or lower than that would look odd and out of place. Remember that art should be used as an accent piece to complement your existing decor rather than standing out as the only thing worth looking at in the room.
Skimping on Window Treatments
Window treatments can make or break a space, and they’re often overlooked when decorating.
So what are some mistakes to avoid when choosing window coverings? Avoiding them altogether is one big mistake. Sometimes people think that since their windows aren’t very large, they don’t need any treatment.
However, even small windows should be hung with curtains or shades to soften the look of those hard surfaces.
Another common mistake is failing to match your window treatments with the style of your house itself (or vice versa). For example: If you have an older Colonial-style house with large windows that lead onto a back porch, using different styles throughout each room would create disharmony.
Not Paying Attention to the Exterior
When it comes to home improvement projects, most people focus on the interior of their houses. However, neglecting the exterior can be a huge mistake because it can ruin the first impression it leaves on your guests or prospective buyers.
Exotic flora in the garden, concrete fire bowls near the swimming pool, cozy patio furniture, and custom-made fire pits are some of the elements that can help the value of your home skyrocket.
Not Lighting Properly
Lighting is important for safety, security, and comfort. It can make your home look bigger, improve curb appeal, highlight features and create a mood in any room.
But lighting is also one of the most overlooked aspects of decorating a property or living space. When you don’t light properly, it leads to many problems, including expensive electricity bills and accidents caused by dark areas that are difficult to navigate at night.
And don’t just stop at interior lighting. A poorly-lit exterior makes even the most beautiful homes look unappealing.
If you have the budget, glam up your outdoor area with concrete fire bowls in the garden or near the swimming pool. For something more practical, go for up/down, step, or garden lights.
You don’t have to spend much money decorating your home. Following these tips and tricks, you can make your house look professionally decorated without spending thousands of dollars.