The 7 Biggest Home Decor Mistakes

As a 4th year graduate at Parsons “The New School for Design”, I learned very much about interior design. Each design professor would not only teach a certain method of design but also give us the best advice of the Do’s and Don’ts in interior design, that most people make when decorating a room. What they have passed on to me, I would like to give you a good perspective of what “not” to do rules in your on home.

#1: GETTING CARRIED AWAY WITH DECORATIVE PAINTING

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Decorative painting can be a beautiful addition to a space, but knowing when to stop is key. Brilliant painting is elegant and polished, but go too far and you end up with vulgarity.

MISTAKE #2: NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO LIGHTING

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There’s nothing worse than bright overhead lights that make you feel like you’re onstage, always use dimmers and soft white bulbs in every room, including bathrooms. Lighting shouldn’t wash down on you: It’s harsh and unflattering.

MISTAKE #3: GROUPING CANDLES TOGETHER

A more balanced aesthetic is achieved when candlesticks are spread out around a room. Candlelight, like open fires, has a certain allure, one of warmth and romance. It’s most alluring when the light is spread around the room, in other words, separate the candlesticks!

#4: PUSHING FURNITURE AGAINST THE WALLS

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I am often dumbstruck by the way people arrange their living room furniture. So much wide-open space, pieces plastered against walls, chairs too far apart the answer is simplicity. The guiding principle should be to create intimacy. How can you have a good conversation when you have to shout across the room? I imagine the sofa talking to the chairs, the chairs talking to one another.

MISTAKE #5: IGNORING PROPORTION

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Lamps that are completely disproportionate sizes on either ends of a sofa that makes me crazy, don’t try to get too creative. Keep it simple.

MISTAKE #6: KARATE-CHOPPING YOUR PILLOWS

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Don’t make your living room pillow arrangement too formal with fussed over pillows, or with karate-chopped pillows. That look should never occur in pillow nature.

MISTAKE #7: RELYING ON A SINGLE LIGHT SOURCE

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The key to good lighting is layering it at different heights. Don’t rely on only one kind of light source. Mix a variety of overhead and floor or table lamps. Warm pools of light draw people in and create intimacy.

By Ariana Villanueva


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