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How to Avoid the 10 Most Common Decorating Mistakes (Article 1 of 3)


As I write this piece about decorating mistakes, it should be noted that the way we decorate our homes, much as the way we view art, is completely subjective. What is visually appealing to one is not necessarily so to another. Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder. That said, there are still a few general rules of thumb to be taken into consideration. Regardless of your personal tastes, this guide will help you improve the overall look and feel of your home.

Note: This is “Part 1” of a three-part article. Keep an eye out for our upcoming articles, highlighting more common decorating mistakes.

1. Who turned out the lights?

Lighting is perhaps one of the most important elements in our homes. Adequate lighting is crucial to every room. When planning for lighting, consider that the change in seasonal lighting, as well as the changes in natural lighting throughout the day. Weather can also impact a room’s lighting. At times, we need our rooms brightly lit, while other times we want those lights to be less glaring. For example, at the end of the day, when we want to relax, or when entertaining and creating an intimate atmosphere. When thinking of dimmers, do not forget bedrooms and bathrooms. Task lighting may be needed on desks, work tables, near couches and beds. Be careful when selecting lamps, and consider both size and style. Lamps that are too small look silly and out of balance. Most importantly, a lamp that is too small may not give you the proper light for your space.

2. Color Test!

Always test your colors before you begin painting! Although paints are labeled on the cans, colors can look very different once they are on your walls. A paint color can also look vastly different from room to room. In addition, natural lighting changes throughout the day will also change the colors on the wall.

To play it safe, you should take a large piece of white poster board and paint directly on it with two coats. Move this board from room to room to visualize the color. Try a few different colors or shades. You may decide that, instead of an accent color in a bedroom, the color you have chosen may look better in the dining room.

These extra steps are worth the effort, and can end up saving you time and money in the long- run.

3. Matching

Everything does not need to match! Rooms come alive when we mix various textures, patterns and colors. When done with balance and harmony in mind a room gains depth and dimension.

Try to avoid two chairs with the same color and pattern, instead have two coordinating patterns or one with a pattern and the other a solid print. If you do opt for solid colored sofas, such as white, add interesting accent pillows, a throw, and rugs to create your perfect color palette.


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