Problem Solved; 10 Decorating Mistakes and How to Fix Them

You know how it goes, you have picked the perfect color, scored the comfy yet stylish sofa, you have accessorized and styled your favorite nicknacks, yet something isn’t quite right.  You know it is off but just can’t pinpoint exactly what went wrong, (these are my emotions on the daily, I swear).  A common decorating mistake may be to blame, don’t sweat it, these mistakes are easy to correct.  Here are some prevalent mistakes with tips and tricks to fix them.


Mistake No.1: Hung too High Artwork


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You can really personalize your space by hanging artwork on your walls.  However, hanging stuff can be intimidating and tricky.  The tip here is to hang your artwork at the right height which is typically 57 inches from the floor.  The average height for most people is 57 inches, so hanging your artwork at this height allows people to see your artwork straight forward and comfortably.

Mistake No. 2: Curtains Hung Wrong

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Finding the right panel length is easy.  First measure from the floor to just above the window casing.  Next, mount the rod to match panel length, rather than the other way around, as you would for custom-made curtains. Panels should be as wide as the window and rod brackets mounted six inches outside the frame so panels can be pushed away from the glass easily.

Mistake No. 3: Teeny Tiny Rugs

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I know it costs more money to buy the bigger rug, but the splurge is totally worth it!  A rug that is too small can really bring down the look of your room.  For most spaces, that means a 5×8-foot rug is too small, so look for something between 6×9 and 9×12 feet.  However, if you love or have an attachment to a smaller rug try layering it with a large neutral rug underneath.  This allows the right amount of real estate for the furniture but still allows you to use that special piece.

Mistake No. 4: Disregarding Comfort

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Balancing form and function is always a must.  You know we have all done it, bought that super stylish chair without giving comfort a thought.  Just to get home and realize how uncomfortable it is.  Don’t be afraid to give those chairs a test run.  Doing so will ensure a relaxing and comfortable home that is chic to boot!

Mistake No. 5: Poor Lighting

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We all need to get over the thought, to light a room with one bright overhead and a big clicky wall switch.   We need to think of lighting a room in layers.  Plan to design with task lighting for work areas, accent lamps to add color and personality, and put that overhead light on a dimmer to change the mood of the room throughout the day.

Mistake No. 6: Wall Hugging

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It is always nice when everyone in the room is getting along (hugging) but this is not the case with your furniture hugging the walls.  You may feel that it gives you more space but I promise you it is a big no-no.  An alternative is to find a focal point in the room — entertainment center, fireplace, each other for conversation — and build your design around that. Move furniture away from the walls for a more intimate feel, with chairs no more than eight 8 feet apart to encourage talk. Position a table within reach of every seating piece, with traffic lanes several feet wide to allow easy movement.

Mistake No. 7: Too Much of One Color

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Our living spaces deserve a good dose of color variation. Even if it’s just a single deep-blue pillow amid a sea of neutral beige, adding a little pop of your own will spice up any room in a snap.

Mistake No. 8: Cluttered Design

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It’s easy to pack your rooms with way too much stuff, but that look crosses over easily to clutter (and the next step is hoarding, so beware).  When you put too many nicknacks in one place, none will stand out as special.  Solve the issue by clearing off every surface in a room, one by one, and returning only half the things on it. Be your own tough editor and store the objects that didn’t make the cut this time. You can bring them out next season — or make a donation trip to the secondhand store.

Mistake No. 9: Storage Problems

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Take a look around your room and see where you can comfortably add more places to put things away — the easier to reach the better. Consider bare wall space first — anywhere to mount shelving or cabinetry? Can you add side tables with drawers? Any missed opportunities for built-ins? In bedrooms, consider building shelving around the headboard and adding storage boxes beneath the bed.

Mistake No. 10: Devouring Trends

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