How To Avoid Common Decorating Mistakes

in , by Julie Nichols, March 05, 2019
You want to make a change to your home decor and you've gathered inspiration from your favorite magazines and online sources. Your mind is racing with decorating ideas and you can't wait to get started.

Before you spend a dime, make sure you have a clear vision of what you want that change to be.  Being inspired is great but if you don't have a game plan mistakes can happen. Lighting, rugs, furniture placement, and paint color are all decisions that can become overwhelming and sometimes cause decorating mishaps. Here are the most common decorating mistakes and solutions for how to avoid them.


Buy furniture pieces first!  Choosing your inspiration pieces first makes it easier to find paint that will work with your furniture than the other way around.  Buy paint samples instead of bringing home paint chips. Test the samples on your wall and leave them on for a few days, look at them in different lighting before you commit.

Make sure to measure your room and know the measurements of the pieces of furniture you are purchasing.  Not measuring is a common mistake and can be costly, you don't want to end up with a sofa that can't fit through your front door.  And you certainly don't want one that is too large or too small for your room.

Avoid the common mistake of filling every square inch of a room. Traffic flow involves the ability of people and pets to move around the room. Where you place your furniture is important not only for aesthetic purposes but for safety too.  Think about the size, shape, and characteristics of the room like doorways and windows.  Also, consider what the focal point is in the space then build your room around these important factors. The best way is to create a floor plan on paper to determine the best spot for furniture placement.


Here are a few things to consider before hammering that first nail into your wall.  Hang your art prints at eye level.  Most people make the mistake of hanging art too high.

Make sure the prints are the focal point and not the frame. Use similar frames for all the prints in the room.

Size is key!  A Large piece looks best when hung on an open wall, but a smaller one can get lost up there. Instead, opt for a small section of a wall for small pieces, or group them together to form a gallery wall with other works of similar sizes.


The right color palette is the key to a well-designed room. Pick one or two colors from your inspiration piece and let that be the main color palette for the room.  Use secondary colors as accent colors, for example, pops of navy or forest green in an abstract pillow can be used in throw blankets, solid pillows, or artwork. Think 90% white and 10% color.

Common mistakes when choosing wall color are: Forgetting about natural light and choosing a paint color that is too bright. You need to paint color tests on your wall in swatches, in areas of direct light and shadow to get a real sense of how the color will look.

Comfortable furniture is a must!  Too many people buy furniture that looks beautiful but is impractical for everyday use. No one wants to lounge on a hard sofa or linger around the dining table sitting in a hard or stiff chair. If you want to foster relaxation make sure your seating is comfortable and can take the wear and tear of daily use.

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