Design 101: Decorating Don’ts, and How to Fix Them
So now that you’ve read the first installment of this Design 101 series, are you ready to talk about some decorating no no’s? We have all made these mistakes, and I am sure many more are still to come in our decorating journey.
But for now, here are some "
1. Don’t: Cover your bed or couch with too many throw pillows: Yes, there is such a thing, and I’ve fallen
The fix: Go with the fool-proof formula of two Europeans, two standards, and one small accent pillow, or mix those around. It is much more practical and easy to deal with. And, it's trying less hard.
2. Don’t: Apply too many crazy paint jobs to your walls and furniture. It’s fun to paint and it gets kind of addictive, but your home can begin to look like a circus canvas if you are not careful!
The fix: Fight the urge to paint-
3. Don’t: Display all of your vintage/thrift shop finds. It’s easy to get carried away when styling and to want to squeeze one more trinket on that shelf so people can appreciate ALL of your unique finds. Unfortunately, the result is often cluttered, messy, and anxiety-provoking to the eye.
The fix: Pick a few special ones and store the rest. Use this as an opportunity to showcase pieces you love, and let them have all the attention for a period of time. When you get tired of them, put them back in storage and bring out another collection to display. Bonus, you get to refresh your home throughout the year and keep the clutter away.
4. Don’t: Karate
The fix: Let them look a little lived in! Because people know you actually live in your home and use your stuff. In the more recent years, the “lived-in” look has much more of a voice in the design world, and evokes much more emotion from the guest or viewer. Fluff your pillows once in a while and let them be pillows, not pointy sculptures.
The fix: Create a beautiful wall collage and incorporate some other items you love, so your guests can browse your vacation and family photos in a much more pleasant way.
6. Don’t: Follow trends. It seems that over time, everyone’s homes
The fix: Create your own style, infusing it with things you personally love. Just because Suzy has a burlap pillow, doesn’t mean you also love a burlap pillow. Forget the comparison game, and make your own genre if you have to.
7. Don’t: Display fake flowers everywhere. Fake blooms are sometimes okay (for example for holiday decoration and tablescapes), but using them all over the is a trap for dust, and doesn’t do anything for the home except make it look like an unpopular corner of Hobby Lobby.
The fix: If you don’t want to spend a ton of money on flowers each week, use cheap greenery and add to it with colorful fruit like lemons, apples, and oranges. Using fruits adds texture and color to your centerpieces, and freshens up any space.
I hope you've enjoyed this series so far, and please share with us below: What's your design pet peeve?