Almost four years ago, I wrote a post about decorating mistakes to avoid and it is worthwhile to update! When visiting new clients, I often see decorating mistakes that are easy to correct or could have been avoided entirely.
Probably, the most common one is:
Hanging artwork too high.
The center or the art should be about eye level (57″ to 60″ from the floor). Also, it should relate to whatever furniture it is placed above like the console below
Or the chair rail here…
Too many small things, AKA clutter.
Like here in a before photo (yikes!)…
See the after here.
If you do have several small things, consider grouping them on a tray or small shelves like here…
Too small area rugs
Make sure at least the front feet of the furniture are on the rug like we did here.
Buying a Sectional Sofa (if it’s not for the long haul).
I have clients who purchased a sectional just before buying their first home. It’s oriented with the chaise on the left…and can’t be separated or switched around. Due to the living room floor plan and door openings…it blocks entry into the room. You are safer buying a sofa if you plan to move.
Hanging your dining room chandelier too high.
It should be about 30 to 34″ above your table in an 8′ high ceiling room.
Rooms with taller ceilings can go further off the table. I really like to “eyeball” it.
Too Firm Accent Pillows
Indulge yourself with down or down alternative inserts (not stiff foam unless it’s outdoors). For plump pillows, order the inserts two to four inches larger than the cover like with mine. You can sink into these.
Not Testing Paint Colors
Recently, I recommended a warm white that I’ve used before (BM White Drifts) for a client’s living room. It came out really green in part of the room. The lighting is different in every room and really affects the saturation. We ended up with BM Classic Gray below but you really need to test it in different corners of the room.
Furniture that is not pulled into the conversation or no space for “flow.”
Here, even in a large room, it’s possible to feel a part of the group…and still walk around.
This makes number nine but I think it’s important…
Lack of Personal elements or history
You don’t want your space to look like a hotel room. Gather things with meaning like:
Books of places you’ve traveled, photographs, family hand-me-downs/heirlooms, collections (for example, our daughter is collecting vintage globes). What interests you? It will make your home unique to you.
We just finished watching the first season of “Jack Ryan” on Amazon Prime. It’s somewhat violent but great!!! Can’t wait for the next season. Do you have any good television suggestions?
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