Decorating Mistakes

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Let’s face it, we’re not all interior designers so we tend to make decorating mistakes here and there. We put together a handy dandy list to make sure you’re not making the same decorating mistakes as everyone else. 

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Not considering proportion and scale. Always measure the space where you’re going to place new furniture. Eyeballing the space and hoping it fits is never a good idea. Also, it’s important to consider proportion in relation to the other pieces in the room. 

Everything does not need to match. When decorating a room or your entire home, focus on what goes together more than what matches. Matching color schemes or decor can often overwhelm a room and also appears outdated. 

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Too much clutter. You don’t need to display everything you own. Clutter makes a room appear crowded and less comfortable. Invest in stylish storage baskets to store on open shelving.

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Don’t just focus on color, focus on texture. Texture makes a room come alive. You can add texture through textiles, like toss pillows and throw blankets, plants, area rugs, and furniture, like a suede accent chair or a craftsman style dresser. 

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Not testing paint colors. The last thing you want is to paint an entire room and realize it was the wrong shade of color. When painting a room, you have to consider the natural light in the morning, afternoon, and night and artificial light. Natural light affects the shade of the paint color. What looks light grey in the paint bucket, might appear dark on the wall if you don’t have enough natural light shining through the windows. It’s worth to buy several small buckets of paint and paint a small portion on the wall to see how lighting affects each shade of color.