What Not to Do When Decorating

Even though it’s fun to be creative, there are still certain rules when it comes to decorating your home.  If you simply decorate freely without thinking things through, you can end up with a mess on your hands – or awkward arrangements – and all of your work will have been wasted.

So, before you start your next decorating venture, read these tips on what not to do…

  • Don’t go overboard with old heirlooms. Of course, we value old heirlooms from our great grandmother or great aunt, but let’s face it.  Unless the theme of your entire house is old world antique, they’re going to look a little odd with modern elements if there are too many of them.  If you really want to preserve your keepsakes and be able to see them on a regular basis, choose only the ones that are your favorites and space them throughout the house rather than group them.
  • Don’t position your toilet in front of your bathroom door. Do you really want your toilet to greet you when you open your bathroom door?  Probably not.  So, either offset it or place it around a divider if one exists and instead, have a lovely vanity greet you when you open the door instead.
  • Don’t stick to matching colors. The truth is, not all matching colors actually match. After all, if you have a red wall, adding a red sofa, red area rug, and red lampshade is going to be overkill. Sometimes, contrasting colors work better together because you don’t have to match the exact shade of every item and you can create depth. Play with different color combinations and create a beautiful outcome that is uniquely you.
  • Don’t let your furniture occupy the entire room.  Sometimes empty floor space without a specific purpose bothers us, so we put a chair or another piece of furniture on top of it. Though that may be great in certain scenarios, it isn’t always a good solution.  In a living room, for example, it is best to group furniture closer together to encourage conversation instead of scattering it all over the place to “fill the room”.
  • Don’t put “for display only” furniture inside a room.  If a piece of furniture has no other purpose other than to be there, and people aren’t allowed to use it, get it out of the room. There are much better ways to utilize your floor space.
  • Don’t keep furniture that doesn’t match your room.  This isn’t to say that you can’t mix and match furniture with similar elements, but if you have chosen a modern black and white palette, an antique cherry wood chair with golden upholstery is probably going to throw things off.  Either sell the furniture, give it away, or repaint it, but don’t keep it in the room.
  • Don’t overdo your ornamental display. Do you want to give off the impression of having a store inside your house?  If not, avoid excessively placing many ornamental décor on all of your countertops and cabinets.  It’s all about moderation.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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  1. #1 by pdginteriors on January 24, 2012 - 5:41 pm

    These are great tips. We particularly like the tip about not matching all the colors. We think spaces are so much more interesting when they are not “matchy matchy”.

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