Top 13 Decor mistakes

Although you have the freedom to create a space that is tailor made to your liking when decorating, there are a number of common mistakes that are easy to make. This blog will go into detail about regular mistakes that all decorators face, and also how they can be easily fixed so the next time you decide to renovate a room, you can do so with complete confidence.

1.Too Many Pieces Of Furniture

You may have an intricate plan on what you want to do with a particular room, but it’s incredibly easy to end up going over the top with accessories and furniture. It’s important to remember that each room in a home should be engaging yet functional. If you struggle to move around, then try removing some objects to free up potential space.

2.Ensure You Don’t Have Poor Lighting


Speak to any architect and they’ll tell you the most important thing about a room is the lighting. Natural light is always a benefit, and can make a huge difference to the overall feel of any room, especially on a cloudy day. Make sure not to block windows with terribly placed curtains and ensure you place any mirrors directly across from the source of light so that it can bounce around the room.

3.Ensure Your Paint Colour And Furniture Choices Match

A mistake that occurs more often than we’d like to admit, it can be incredibly hard to match furniture to an already painted wall. The best thing to do is to take fabric swatches to the paint store so you can have an idea on a colour palette that will work. Wet paint can look completely different to dry, so take that into consideration.

4.Plan Your Decorating Budget

Completely refurbishing a room can be an exciting project, but don’t get too carried away. Buying too much can lead to cluttered rooms and often a person will go over budget. Creating a detailed list or spreadsheet of each item you want to buy and the cost can be a life saver. You’ll find that some of the best decorated spaces in the world are ones that have been built up slowly over time, so bear that in mind.

5.Having Too Many Similar Items


Something to always remember when decorating a space is how variety is the spice of life. Of course you want your items to match, but you can end up creating a space that looks strictly uniformed, something that can emit a negative ambience if you aren’t careful. Buy furniture from different shops and mix and match complimenting colours and you never know, you may manage to create your very own unique design.

6.Never Place Furniture Against A Wall

Definitely one of the most common mistakes on this list, you don’t want to place furniture against your walls. Unwittingly, you’re creating a smaller space that disengages people that are near to each other. Instead, move items closer together as it will make people more likely to converse with each other instead of keeping to themselves.

7.Ensure You Have A Focal Point


A focal point is the first thing people will be attracted to as they enter a room, so make sure you have something that will leave a lasting impression. Whether it be large bay window, a piece of interesting artwork or a fireplace, you are able to take a point like this and furnish the rest of your room around it.

8.Don’t Let Curtains Hang Too Low

If curtains are allowed to hang low it can create a puddle look that is sloppy, and they can also get dirty easily if they are a light colour. As a matter of fact, this type of window hanging can be used to make a ceiling seem larger as long as they are close to the top of the ceiling. When it comes to width, a curtain should only cover a frame to create an illusion of wider windows.

9.Avoid Small Rugs

More people are choosing to embrace rugs on hard floor surfaces to create a unique finished look that’s also kind to feet. They can also make a small room seem larger, but only if the rug is large. If you have a particularly large room, ensure the rug fits underneath either half or all of your couch. If you don’t, it’s easy for it to look like a time out zone instead of an intentional decorative choice.

10.Avoid Excessive Pillows

Before investing in decorative pillows, take into consideration the style of the room as it’s easy for them to become too overwhelming. If you are aiming to create a modern space, it’s best to be minimalistic with only one to three pillows on display. Remember also to mix up their textures, colours and patterns to create a space that will definitely draw attention.

11.Sort Out Undressed Cables

There’s nothing worse than having a cluster of tangled wires connected into a power socket. Not only does it shorten their lifespan, but they are also unpleasant to look at and can ruin the overall look of a well decorated room. It’s worth having your wires set behind or inside a storage area so they are out of sight yet can still be easily reached. Any wires you aren’t using should be stored in an accessible area so they won’t become tangled.

12.Don’t Allow A Room To Get Outdated

With older builds, it can sometimes be simpler not to change anything. But these designs are more likely to be an unpleasant eyesore instead of a nostalgic throwback. However, there are so many small additions that can be installed which will have a large impact. These features range from everything to new kitchen cabinets or perhaps a stylish bathroom sink, which will help update your home and bring it into the 21st century.

13.Don’t Keep Something You Hate

It’s always worth renovating something, especially if it has become an eyesore for you. It’s your home, so if you don’t want it- get rid! Its your home, so if you don’t want it then get rid! It doesn’t matter if you donate the item, give it away or simply throw it out, if you feel it affects the style of a room in a negative way then there’s really no need for it to be there.

13 Decor Mistakes Now Fixed

If you’ve made any of these decor mistakes in the past, make sure you utilise these solutions so that they will no longer be a problem for you. Of course, it’s your space to do what you want with, but at least now you will know how to rectify any issues you stumble across. What do you think of this blog? Have you seen any terrible decor mistakes before? Let us know in the comment section below, or connect with us on Twitter: @Dessercane.