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How to Avoid The Ten Most Common Decorating Mistakes Avoid The Ten Most Common Decorating Mistakes

Difficulty: Moderately Easy Instructions Things You’ll Need:

  • Tape Measure
  • Idea of Budget
  • Time
  • Motivation
  1. Step 1

    First and foremost, the most important step to take is to Define your priorities. Whether you rent an apartment or own your own home, you need to seek out and determine your budget with the needs of everyone who resides in your home in mind.

  2. Step 2

    Secondly, When you have company in your home, you want to have a comfortable conversation area. You want an area where people wont feel that they have to raise their voice to be heard. Try and avoid the common L-shaped configuration and stick to U-shaped for the most comfortable setting. Make sure your seating area has your guests facing one another.

  3. Step 3

    Third, make sure you have plenty of unobstructed walking space by strategically placing your furniture in a pleasing arrangement. Try to avoid placing all your furniture against walls, doing this is generally visually unappealing.

  4. Step 4

    fourth, Make sure your room is in balance. Consider the size of your furnishings, the height and width should be a determining factor on the placement. Make sure to avoid having all heavy or all tall furnishings on one side of the room. balance the room out by placing larger scale furnishings diagonally or across from each other.

  5. Step 5

    The fifth step is avoiding a “roller coaster” affect by keeping all your upholstered pieces at one height. You want to hang all your art pieces at approximately the same the same level. By following these steps your eyes should flow easily throughout the room.

  6. Step 6

    Number six is choosing a coordinating cohesive look for the room. You can achieve this by using pairs. You can create a put together look by using matching lamps on coordinating end tables or matching book ends, chairs, ect…

  7. Step 7

    Seven, Play up your focal point. Find what draws your attention when you look at this room. Generally, this can be a fireplace, a large window, a striking piece of art, whatever suits your fancy! Use it! create a remarkable surrounding with this as your starting point.

  8. Step 8

    Number eight, Always hang your art about 3-31/2″ lower than you think it should be, the effect will be much more pleasing to the eye. Always leave one wall blank to give your eyes a resting point.

  9. Step 9

    Almost done, number nine is vitally important. Accessories are wonderful and can be a make or break factor in creating a successful room. Accessorize your room with pieces that you absolutely adore, rotating seasonal accessories keeps your room looking fresh. Keep your accessories grouped together when they are collections. Always remember sometimes less is more, do not go overboard and overload your accessories and lose that simplistic beauty.

  10. Step 10

    Last but not least, number ten. Lighting is going to be your most important factor in decorating a fabulous room, if your lighting does not work neither will your room. Be sure that your art pieces have adequate accent lighting whenever possible. Be sure to have general illumination and some task lighting to maintain function in the room. Choose your mood, if this is primarily a room for relaxation make sure you have natural daylight in the afternoon and ambient lighting in the evening. Choose your mood and choose your lighting accordingly.

Tips & Warnings

  • These are guidelines to avoid the common pitfalls of decorating disasters. Use them to guide you in your ability to create a room that fits your personality. Have fun with it and surround yourself with things that make you happy, that is what will make the room yours. I hope you enjoyed my article and hope it helps you decorate your perfect room.
  • When moving heavy furniture, please don’t move it yourself, get help. Many furniture stores sell rolling casters that you can place under your furniture for easier maneuverability.
  • Never try to install lighting yourself. Hire a licensed electrician to help you get the job done right the first time.
  • Not a warning, just a tip! some specialty furniture stores will let you take home pieces of furniture or accessories to try out (trial period) for a couple of days. If you are thinking of making a pricey purchase, ask if they will let you try it out first!
  • HAVE FUN!
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