We’re all human. We all make mistakes. And while there is a large amount of gray area when it comes to decorating, there are certain mistakes we can all agree to never make again. From floating a small rug to not making the bed, here are nine blunders you should resolve to solve.
We all know that curtains should touch the floor, but just how much fabric do you let touch? Unless you’re Marie Antoinette and your drapes are made of pure silk, there shouldn’t be too much glamorous “puddling” of extra fabric. Have your drapes hemmed at the dry cleaners, or use simple iron-onhem tape.
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Letting Your Rugs Float
Don’t be ashamed if that Kilim rug you scored at the flea market is actually too small for your room—it happens to the best of us. If you’re stuck with a small rug, ground it by placing it under furniture, whether under your coffee table or one foot of your sofa. Just don’t let it fly solo in the middle of your room.
Decorating starts as soon as you place two feet on the floor in the morning. Making your bed every day will make your entire place feel more pulled together, even if there are still dishes in the sink.
No need to be a total minimalist, but curating your knick-knacks will keep you from looking like a hoarder. If there isn’t space for more than a few treasures on a table or shelf, then it’s time to purge.
Art should be hung eight to ten inches above furniture, and around five feet from the floor. This will keep it at the right eye line for an average-height viewer.
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We’re all about being inspired by a designer’s portfolio, color combination, or grouping of fabrics, but take that inspiration and make it your own. Carbon copying is never admirable.
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Not Lighting the Scene
As soon as the sun sets, lighting becomes the most important decorating element. Be sure to have multiple sources of light: indirect lamps, task lighting, and overall
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Pushing Your Furniture Out to the Walls
Whether your space is a cavernous cave or a claustrophobic can, never push all of your furniture out to the walls. The space will seem larger, and more inviting, if there are at least two to three inches of space.
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