9 Home Decor Mistakes To Avoid Like The Plague

Thought the plague was left in 16th Century London? Make these home decor mistakes and it could be dwelling in your home…

Here’s the home decor mistakes that you need to avoid like the plague.

1.Decorating Each Room As A Separate Entity

Imagine you’re walking into a home and are welcomed by a stunning bohemian-chic living room. You turn the corridor and see a 1920s style chandelier and shabby chic furniture. You walk into the bedroom and see a clean white space with a few modern cream furniture pieces. Confused yet?

Long story short, it’s important to imagine your home as one large book with many chapters. Although each chapter may vary slightly and build on the previous chapter, the overriding themes, characters and narrative voice remain the same.

Decide on an overriding theme, style, or vibe you want for your entire home, then build on this through the different rooms.

Decorate each room randomly and you’re left with a jumbled jigsaw puzzle that doesn’t quite fit together.

If you can’t decide on a home decor theme, check out our handy guide.

The home below has carried the neutral farmhouse theme through various rooms beautifully:

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2. Scrimping On The Details

When you’ve splurged on a large item, it can be tempting to go for the cheapest possible option when it comes to the smaller details. For example, combining $600 curtains with cheap plastic rods, or finishing off your new kitchen cupboards with cheap hardware.

Don’t.

Although you may think the small details go unnoticed, they will make the larger and more expensive pieces seem cheap and nasty.

On the other hand, a quick way to improve your home is by updating small details such as hardware, door knobs, taps and curtain rods.

Imagine how much this stunning marble kitchen would be ruined by cheap hardware…

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3. Wrong Rug Sizes

Pea sized rugs under sofas look utterly ridiculous. On the other hand, there’s nothing worse than a rug that is so huge it swallows up a whole room! A rug may be a relatively cheap decor piece, but choosing the wrong one is one of the most common decor mistakes out there!

If using a rug under a piece of furniture, opt for a rug that is larger than the piece itself. The rug should create an adequate frame around the furniture piece.

A perfect example is this bathroom rug below, which fits perfectly in the space between the bath and sink.

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(Photo source: brepurposed.com)

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Our bohemian print table runners make great decorative rugs for those areas that need that little something extra.

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From left: exotic Oriental table runner, Saree border table runner, hand painted deluxe floral table runner

4. Not Taking Location Into Consideration

A beach style home is going to look ridiculous in the middle of Manhattan. On the contrary, a farm style house is going to look ridiculous decked out like an industrial city pad.

Take your location into consideration and draw inspiration from this.

5. Too Match-y

Although we previously stated to run your theme throughout the whole home, it’s important that your home isn’t too match-y.

Rather than waffling on, we’ll let this photo do the talking:

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Too much of one color, print or texture can be a serious eye soar.

Instead, add a varied palette, accent pieces and different textures to create an eclectic and welcoming look.

Our printed pillow covers are a fantastic way to add variation to any room.

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From left: floral embroidered pillow cover, jacquard damask pillow cover, damask throw pillow cover

6. No Prints

Scandinavian minimalism may still be all the rage, but you can still nail this home decor trend with a few prints here and there.

Lack of prints will look boring, clinical and cold. And who wants that?

Here’s a wonderful example of how you can keep your decor minimal but still embrace prints:

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(Photo source: liliinwonderland.fr)

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Solid geometric pillow cover, elegant dahlia pillow cover, jacquard paisley pillow covers

7. All Furniture At The Same Height

Some may think that furniture of the same height together is the way to go. On the contrary, it’s one of the biggest home decor mistakes out there! Furniture on one plane of vision looks flat and an make a room look smaller than it actually is.

Here’s a fantastic example of using different sized furniture to add interest:

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8. Bad Lighting

Even the most Pinterest-worthy room can be totally ruined by bad lighting. Avoid lighting that is insufficient, overly yellow or sickly.

9. Clutter

Clutter is literally the home decor devil!

Although many home owners think of clutter as ‘mess’, clutter can come in more organized forms. Common unsightly clutter includes too many ornaments or decorations, an overkill of photo frames, or simply too much furniture.

Stand back and assess each room and consider if there is enough clean space to keep it chic and tidy.

If you can’t bear to part with anything go by the old mantra ‘out of sight, out of mind’. Check out our hidden storage space ideas.

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7 Ways To Improve Your Home Decor In An Hour

Yep: You can improve your home decor in an hour

tick tock tick tock. Is it just me or are there not enough hours in the day? If the phrase ‘home renovation’ sends you into a fit of time-related stress, stop and breathe. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t improved in an hour.

Got an hour you can put aside? Use it to put that extra oomph into your home decor.

Before you press the ‘x’ on this page and declare me a mad woman, read on for 7 ways to improve your home decor in an hour…

1. Hang Y0ur Artwork Differently

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These decor tips may have entered a whole new level of crazy! Jokes aside, there actually is a specific height to hang your artwork which is proven to be more aesthetically pleasing.

According to decor gurus at houzz.com, the golden height, which is used at museums and art galleries, is 57 to 60 inches above the ground. Why? This is the average level of the human eye. Interesting stuff…

2. Spray Paint An Old Chair

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I hate to break it to you, but that lime green chair isn’t exactly doing much for your living room. Rather than tossing it, why not spray paint it a more neutral color such as white or cream.

Alternatively, turn up the luxe and go for rose or copper.

Compliment your new gold or copper chair with boho printed pillow covers. We love:

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Exotic Oriental pillow cover, floral embroidered pillow cover, elegant dahlia pillow cover

3. Change The Lightbulbs

How many home decor gurus does it take to change a lightbulb? None! It just takes you!

Even the most stunning home decor can be turned sickly by bad lighting. If you find a certain room in your home is to dull, harsh, warm or cool, all it could take is a new light bulb. But how do you know which to choose?

When considering your lighting, think about the purpose of the room, the ideal ambiance and whether you want warm or cool tones.

 

4. Wallpaper An Accent Wall

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Lazy DIY-ers rejoice: the accent wall is totally making a comeback!

Choose a wall in a larger room in your home and add a printed wallpaper for a really unique edge. If you prefer something a bit plainer, paint your wall.

Now that’s an hour well spent!

5. Give Your Bed A Lift

 

Before you bend down and attempt to pick up your bed frame, we are speaking metaphorically here! Your bed is a huge part of your everyday life, so put aside an hour to make it as luxurious as The Ritz itself.

Scents can do wonders and some scents, such as lavender, are proven to improve sleep quality. To scent your sheets, add a quarter of a cup of scented bath salts to the rinse cycle of your wash.

Next, give your bed an instant makeover by adding a printed table runner along the foot of your bed. If you have a printed comforter, opt for a plainer runner. However, if you like to take risks, why not try your hand at print clashing?

We love:

Hand embroidered table runner, chic jacquard table runner, jacquard paisley table runner

6. Add A Color Pop To Your Furniture

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We adore this easy and quick DIY hack from House Beautiful!

Rather than painting the outside of your furniture, paint the inside. This quirky pop of color will add a subtle vibrant edge without being too overpowering.

7. Paint A Sink Or Toilet

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Over time, plastic toilets or sinks can start to yellow. Rather than throwing them out, give them a new lease of life with a layer of paint. That’s home decor in an hour that could save you a fortune too!

You could even consider painting your sink matte black for a unique and on-trend look.

Got a bit more than an hour? Give your furniture a DIY upgrade. Here’s how to makeover an old sofa and how to transform an old table.

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10 Common Home Decor Mistakes & How To Fix Them

Whether your home has been recently redecorated or needs a complete renovation, there are a number of common home decor mistakes that can completely spoil your home’s interior.

From rugs in the toilet (ew) to rooms that are so clinical they could be mistaken for a doctors surgery, here’s ten common home decor, and more importantly, how to fix them.

1. Too Clinical

Swedish minimalism may be all the rage, but too much of too little can leave your home feeling cold, clinical and impersonal. Although square shapes, clean white walls and an abundance of chrome may be incredibly ‘now’, it is also incredibly boring.

Have you ever entered a friends home and found it so overly clean and clinical that you feel like you can’t sit down or even move? A home that is too clinical or minimalist is in danger of entering this territory.

Fix It!

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Swedish minimalism is awesome, but it’s important to add some personality into a room too! Update blank walls with a trendy canvas or painting. Add printed or textures cushions to your sofa or bed to make it look more cozy.

If you choose to stick to an all-neutral palette, make sure that you add textures to stop it looking too clinical.

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Add some detail to a minimalist room with the solid geometric pillow cover and paisley embroidered pillow cover.

2. Not Buying For Your Lifestyle

That indoor hammock chair may look incredible in your bohemian friend’s living rooms, but it isn’t exactly great for your back problems. Similarly, the surround sound system may be great, but there’s no point buying it if you don’t really listen to music.

Fix It!

No matter how amazing something seems, or how on-trend it is, only put it in your home if it suits you and your family’s lifestyle. As for that ridiculously priced surround sound system, sell it and treat your home to a new addition that suits your lifestyle.

3. Scratched or Cracked Tables or Surfaces

Tables and bench tops can be expensive to replace. However, scratched, cracked or damaged surfaces can immediately make your house look scruffy.

Fix it!

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No matter what surface is damaged, it can easily be fixed by covering it up with a table cloth or table runner. Smaller surfaces, such as small shelving units, can be covered by place mats.

If your room already contains a lot of prints, opt for a plain table cloth or runner. Plain or minimalist rooms can be given a new lease of life with printed pieces.

If you have several surfaces that need covering, opt for matching sets to keep your room looking clutter free. Our hand embroidered table cloth has matching table runners and place mats.

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4. Art That Is Hung Too High

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Art that is hung far above eye level can make a room look warped. Although most homeowners don’t consider how high to hang photographs and wall art, it can significantly affect the symmetry of the room.

Fix it!

This one is one of the easiest home decor mistakes to fix! Simply rehang the artwork so that it is at eye level. Home decor experts recommend hanging artwork about 60 inches off the floor.

5. Placing Furniture Against The Walls

You may think that placing your furniture against the walls of the room, will give you more space, but it actually does the opposite. In living rooms especially, sofas and furniture against the wall create a ‘boxed in’ effect. The result? Your room looks far more smaller than it actually is!

Fix It!

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Pull furniture in so that it isn’t resting against the walls. Draw the eyes more towards the center of the room by adding a rug or colorful table runner to the ground.

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Exotic oriental table runner

6. Forgetting Your Front Door

Home decor mistakes can literally start before you even enter your home! People seldom invest time and money in ensuring their front door looks welcoming and appealing. The result? Your home immediately gives off a bad first impression.

Fix It!

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Fix It!

Never underestimate the power of a colorful potted plant and a welcome mat!

7. Too Many Photos On Surfaces

There’s nothing more personal you can add to your home than family photos. However, untidy clusters of individual photo frames can look too cluttered and busy.

Fix It!

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Invest in a multi-photo frame or a gallery wall, consisting of matching frames.

8. Toilet Rugs

Rugs that are shaped specifically to go around toilets are the worst of all home decor mistakes! We understand that you want to add color and texture to your bathroom, but just no!

Fix It!

If your toilet is in your main bathroom, opt for a trendy bathmat and place in the center of the room. A separate toilet can be uplifted by hanging a wall hang or table runner on the back of the door.

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Saree border table runner.

9. Mismatched lighting

There is nothing more tacky than a chandelier in a floral kitchen or floor lamps in a bathroom. Ensure that your lighting fixtures match the overall theme and vibe of your room.

Fix It!

 

Keep your lighting in theme with the rest of your room. If all else fails, go plain and minimal!

10. Old or Rusty Hardware

You may have the most aesthetically pleasing kitchen out there, but all of this means nothing if the kitchen handles and hardware are rusty or cracked.

Fix It!

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Replacing your hardware is one of the easiest and quickest ways to improve your home.

What home decor mistakes are you guilty of? Let me know in the comments below…

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