Tag: Mistakes

20 Common Decorating Mistakes to Avoid

No one wants to make a decorating mistake, but decorating is a pretty tough project and mistakes can happen, so start your projects with a little help from your friends, Matt and Shari, then check out the latest decorating faux pas!

What I’d like to do is point out 20 of the most common mistakes so you can have them in mind while you are decorating.  Some of them might be obvious to you but to others they are a new idea.  I think what happens is we get so used to having some things around that we keep repeating them even though styles have changed and decorating trends have moved on.  Many of the things I’ll mention are just ideas that have had their time and there are new options for your home that you should try just in the name of – progress.

Decorating Mistake #1

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The biggest mistakes you’re making when decorating a bedroom

Using bedside tables that are too tall or too short can make your space feel awkward.

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In many cases, you should be able to fit a lamp on your side table.

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Sara Ray, owner of Sara Ray Interior Design in Nashville, Tennessee, said that having a bedside table that is the right size and height is an absolute necessity.

“If the tables are too tall or short, it can be awkward to reach things on the tables or turn lamps on and off from the bed,” Ray told Insider.

She also said that it’s important to select a night table with a “generous width,” explaining that it’s handy to have enough space for a small lamp and a few essential items. 

 

Having too many pillows on your bed can give your room a cluttered feel.

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It’s down to personal preference, but this designer cautions against it.

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Designer Decorating Tips for Common Design Mistakes — One Kings Lane

This bright, cheery room does lighting right: Twin lamps and sconces help soften overhead lighting.

This bright, cheery room does lighting right: Twin lamps and sconces help soften overhead lighting.

THE PITFALL: Unflattering, overhead-only lighting.

THE FIX: “A balanced lighting plan will eliminate shadows and cast an even glow throughout the room. Overhead lights are fine when there’s also light coming from other heights, like a pair of sconces or lamps. I also use dimmers on all lighting to control the mood.”—Jen Going of Jen Going Interiors 

This gorgeous gray sofa provides the perfect anchor for epic wall art.

This gorgeous gray sofa provides the perfect anchor for epic wall art.

THE PITFALL: Centering art on the wall rather than orienting it around the furniture.

THE FIX: “Art should relate to what’s in the space more than the space itself. One way to do this is to hang the art near the back of the sofa. And personally, I prefer the art be off center than on.”—Philip Gorrivan of Philip Gorrivan Design

Look how tall the ceilings in this petite living room look thanks to the high-hanging curtains.

Look how tall

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