All of us want to have a home that looks neat, organized and Pinterest-worthy. But have you ever thought why your home doesn’t look quite right, even if you’ve purchased the same sofa set or painted your walls using the same colors you saw on interior design magazines?
Maybe you’re committing at least one of these 9 decorating mistakes.
1. Pushing all furniture against the walls
It’s tempting to push every piece of furniture against the room when your space is too tight since it opens the space in the center. However, this trick can create a weirdly cavernous space in the middle of the room and make the small space seem smaller.
Fix: A room that can breathe near the walls looks and feels more expansive. That said, float a few pieces. Move furniture into groupings to form cozy and intimate conversation areas and create a better sense of balance.
2. Blocking natural light
While we love thick draperies in our bedrooms for longer sleep, they can be a let down when placed in the living room, where you should create a light, airy, and inviting ambiance.
Fix: If you don’t like to keep your window bare, dress your window with sheers made of neutral-colored linen – they are gauzy enough to let bring warmth and texture and let light filter through. Avoid placing any piece of furniture in front of your window, especially when it’s taller than the sill.
3. Choosing a rug that’s too small
Placing a rug underneath your furniture boost your room’s appeal in terms of style and comfort. However, pairing a standard 7-foot couch with a tiny three by five rug isn’t the way to go – it’ll just make your room look fragmented and wrong.
Fix: Choose a bigger rug that will go beyond the edges of your biggest piece of furniture.
For the living room, if your couch is a standard 7 feet, go for a rug that’s at least 9 feet, which extends about a foot past each side. For the bedroom, go for at least 1 ½ feet wider than the bed. For the dining room, choose a rug that extends at least three feet beyond the table on all sides.
4. Displaying a tiny art piece on a big wall
Artworks are a stunning way to add character and visual appeal to a room – except for a small single piece of artwork that looks awkwardly floating on the wall instead of anchoring the space.
Fix: Rule of thumb: When hanging art, it should fill at least two-thirds of the wall space above a piece of furniture, like a sofa, bed, or sideboard. You don’t necessarily need a giant framed image – you can hang multiples of small wall art either salon-style or grid for beautiful wall coverage.
5. Going entirely colorless
We have the notion that defaulting to white walls to make your home feel airier, bigger, and more stylish. We also think that white makes a great backdrop for other pieces you want to shine. Well, sometimes that works but sometimes that doesn’t. If your room has very little natural light, white can look flat, boring, and just sad.
Fix: Don’t be afraid of bringing in a few pops of color. If you’re not a fan of bright colors, try medium-tone neutrals to add depth.
6. Everything’s too matchy-matchy
Imagine wearing a blue and yellow floral dress, blue shoes with yellow laces, blue headband, yellow bracelet, and a blue and yellow floral handbag. Don’t you just look, strange? The same goes with dressing up your home. As much as we love symmetry and balance, everything doesn’t need to be identical.
Fix: Single pattern and color to walls, furniture, bedding, and drapery all at once may look overwhelming. Consider mixing and matching patterns and solid colors, materials, eras, and the like.
7. Too many sofa pillows
There’s no such thing as too many pillows, I know. But if you’re decorating your living room, you might want to set limits. If your guests need to put a bunch of pillows on the ground to sit comfortably, you know you’ve gone overboard.
Fix: Though loading up on throw pillows make your couch feel cushy, a big mix often looks messy and uncomfortable. For a standard-size sofa, two pillows on each end are truly all you need for chic and comfy seating space. Save the rest for your own bedroom.
8. Your lighting is a bit off
Brighter isn’t always better – high-watt LED bulbs can blow out your space, making the home feel cold and stark, and not warm and cozy. Another mistake is sticking with a single overhead light.
Fix: For common areas, 60 to 75-watt-equivalent bulbs are ideal to get that task-level lighting without being too intense. For personal areas, like bedrooms, opt for softer lighting like a 40 to the 60-watt-equivalent bulb. You should also consider putting your ceiling fixtures on dimmers to achieve that homey and sophisticated feel.
As for balancing out light sources and making the space more inviting, mix floor, wall, and table lamps into your design.
9. You’ve made your TV the focal point
If you have a small home, chances are that your living room and your entertainment room are one, making your beloved television the star. There’s nothing wrong with it – unless you’re not a regular TV viewer and there’s something more interesting in your home aside from a 32-inch monitor.
Fix: Certainly, windows and fireplaces make great focal inspirations. Another amazing focal point is a gallery wall. If you don’t want to place the TV off to the side or conceal it behind a cabinet, consider mixing it into a gallery wall.