Making your space your own is important. No matter your style or taste, however, Blair Stover recommends taking a look at these decorating dont’s that every person should try to avoid. While perhaps not always applicable in every situation, these tips can help avoid a disaster of a decorating attempt.
First, do not shortchange your space. In other words, do not feel limited by size. The notion of using small furniture for a small room is a myth. Doing so can even make a small room feel more slight.
Something else to avoid is to avoid copy-catting. It is great to get ideas from other places. You should, however, avoid attempting a carbon copy of a space you saw elsewhere. A person’s house should reflect them. Personal touches should come from you. Also, it is okay to mix styles.
Next, don’t overlook accessories. Without accessorizing a room, it will be left with a sterile, cold feeling. So have fun with throw pillows, photos, candles, vases and throw blankets. Make a display of a personal collection.
As you go to place your furniture in a space, avoid pushing it all against the wall. If a room’s edges are covered in furniture, you will have a space that feels more like a waiting room than a warm, inviting space. Consider how to place your furniture in settings where people could have conversations. Angle your furniture and remember to keep groupings intimate so that people are not calling across the room to be heard.
Lastly, don’t start with a paint color. This is a common decorating mistake. Do not lock yourself into the wrong paint color. Choose your paint color last. By then, you will have a clear idea of what is going in the room, the quantities of each color and which color will best tie things together.
What are your decorating don’ts, or do’s, to give to those looking to remodel, redecorate, or decorate the first time around?
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