Navigating the world of interior design can be tricky—especially as a newcomer. Decorating an entire home isn’t cheap, and the unwritten rules of style always seem to creep up on you after you’ve poured in blood, sweat (oh-so-much sweat) and tears.
To help make your decorating process a breeze, we’ve compiled a list of the top decorating no-nos you should steer clear of—and of course, the fix for them.1. GOING TOO SMALL WITH AREA RUGS
Nothing looks more out of place than an oversized couch that looks like its eating up an itty-bitty rug. Large area rugs can be pricey, but a properly sized one made with high-quality materials is worth the investment. As a general rule of thumb, all of the main pieces of furniture should be able to touch the area rug. So in a living room, the sofa, coffee table and end tables should all be able to touch the rug.
2. HANGING ARTWORK TOO HIGH
Most interior design pros agree—artwork should be hung at eye-level. For a reference point, it’s suggested to hang art and decor at the eye-level of an average woman. A good tip for visualizing where to place your artwork (especially if you want to create a gallery wall) is to create paper cutouts. Simply take some paper (newspaper, tissue paper, etc.) and trace the outline of your canvases or frames. Once they’re cut out, you can temporarily tape them on the wall—that way you can play around with arrangement before hammering in nails or anchors.
3. NOT HANGING WINDOW TREATMENTS PROPERLY
You may get tired of taking precise measurements, but that little extra bit of time will be so worth it. One major faux-pas that designers unanimously agree with is ill-fitting window treatments. You may think hanging up curtains is as simple as pie, but remember that drapes accentuate your windows and create the illusion of size. If you’ve already went out and bought gorgeous drapes, make the most of them by ensuring that they’re properly sized for your window type. Here is a handy chart for quick reference:
4. OVERDOING IT WITH THE ACCESSORIES
Say it with us: A cluttered space isn’t a chic one. All too many times an impeccably designed home is plighted by too much clutter. Displaying a few accessories on floating shelves, tables or cabinetry adds personality and flair to your space—but remember to actually keep it to just a few. While you may have collected many precious mementos over the years, they are best suited carefully tucked away in boxes (from a design standpoint). To make things interesting, swap out accessories a few times a year to keep your design interesting, and to give your trinkets some love.
You can create the most breathtaking space, but it won’t hold up to its true value if nobody can see it! Relying on central ceiling fixtures, like ceiling fans or chandeliers, is usually not enough. To create a well-lit room, think about layering your lighting. A couple of floor lamps here and a table lamp there will help set the mood and get rid of harsh shadows that usually occur from having a single light source. For these and other great tips, and to purchase a fabulous range of furniture, visit Ashley Furniture and avoid the above decorating distasters!
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