7 of the Biggest Decorating Mistakes

What do designers see in people’s houses that always drive them nuts? Here are some of the top decorating don’ts.


1. Overzealous Decorative Painting

Decorative painting can be a beautiful addition to a space, but knowing when to stop is key. Brilliant painting is elegant and polished, but go too far and you end up with an overpowering look

2. Overhead Lighting

There’s nothing worse than bright overhead lights that make you feel like you’re onstage. Dimmers and soft white bulbs in every room, including bathrooms, can bring a nice ambiance to your home. Don’t let lighting glare down on you, it becomes harsh and unflattering.

 3. Candles Clustered Together

Candles should be spread out around a room to achieve a more balanced aesthetic. Candlelight, like open fires, can have a certain allure of warmth and romance.  The most alluring setting is when the light is spread around the room.

 4. Furniture Pushed Up Against the Walls

Don’t create a living room seating arrangement that makes conversation difficult with too much wide-open space.  Pieces plastered against walls and chairs spread too far apart can be uninviting and discourage a feeling of intimacy. How can you have a good conversation when you have to shout across the room?

5. Out-of-Proportion Lamps

Lamps that are completely disproportionate in size are not the best choice when decorating a room.  Choose lamps that work together. Don’t try to get too creative,  keep it simple.

6. Karate-Chopped Pillows

Don’t make your living room pillow arrangement too formal with fussed-over pillows.  Allow your home to look like it’s “lived in”.

7. A Single Light Source

The key to good lighting is layering at different heights. Don’t rely on only one kind of light source. Mix a variety of overhead and floor or table lamps.  Warm ‘pools’ of light draw people in and create a warm, welcoming feel.
Feel free to contact me with questions, I’m always here to help.
                                                                                Courtesy of House Beautiful.com

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