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9 Decorating Mistakes You Might Be Making
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Ignoring the HemlineWe 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 FloatDon’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.
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Not Making Your BedPHOTO: Rose UniackeDecorating 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.
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Not Fluffing Your PillowsPillows are functional, sure, but once you’re done with that squished-up lumbar, bring it back to life with a good fluff. A well-fluffed pillow is a sight to behold.
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Having Too Many Knick-KnacksPHOTO: Laure JolietNo 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.
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Hanging Frames Too HighPHOTO: Angie SilvyArt 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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Carbon CopyingWe’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 SceneAs 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
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