5 Home Decorating Mistakes You Can Fix in 5 Minutes
Learn the top 5 home decorating mistakes and how you can fix them in just 5 minutes of your time.
Home decorating mistakes are so easy to make. I’ve made of bunch of them. Spend days painting a room only to find you later you hate the color? Yup – been there. Buy a sofa sectional and not be able to get through the doorway into your basement? I’m embarrassed to admit it but, yea that’s me too!
So yea, home decorating mistakes happen and sometimes they are not so easy to correct. You have to humble your pride and return the sofa you loved. Or spend another entire weekend buying new paint and repainting that room again. But other mistakes are actually much easier to fix than one might think. Like it could possible to fix all 5 of these popular home decor mistakes in only 5 minutes time!
What Are The 5 Home Decorating Mistakes ?
Well before I break them down, maybe consider the following list of mistakes as your cheat sheet for how to design a beautiful, styling room you’ll love. 🙂 Now, let’s get to fixin’ those mistakes!
Layer The Lighting
One home decorating mistake I often see is using only over head lighting for a rooms light source. But to make a room look well designed, layered lighting is the better choice.
So for a quick change, layer the lighting in a room by adding a floor lamp or a table lamp. I have table lamps in every room in our home – even our kitchen. And often, I don’t even turn on the overhead lighting because I find it too harsh. Just ask Chris how many times he comes home to find me cooking in a very dimmed lit kitchen. 🙂
SOURCES: dining table | chairs | sideboard | rattan lamp | faux olive plant | rug |
And while moving your lighting around, don’t forget to check those light bulbs. Now is a great time to switch out those bulbs for softer ones that create a pretty, warm glow. And maybe even add a dimmer to those overhead lights to allow for more lighting control there as well.
Add Some Green
Be-leaf in yourself and your home decorating skills and add a few new plants to a room. Plants are always a great home decorating item. Besides freshening up a room, they help to also boost air quality and even reduce stress. So if you have a room that’s lacking some green, Add a few (or a bunch) of low-maintenance indoor plants or trees.
SOURCES: counter stools | basket | fern (similar) |
Some of my favorite indoor plants are fiddle-leaf figs, maidenhair ferns, and lemon button ferns. And if you find watering plants a hassle, try this little trick. Just stick the lightweight plants in the shower and let it run for two to three minutes and drain before bringing back into the room. I do this with my fiddle leaf fig once a month or so and he loves it! 🙂
Hang Art Correctly
Another home decorating mistake is thinking a small room should only have small art. Actually, larger pieces bring in visual interest, texture, and color. And collectively those large pieces work together to give a smaller room a more completed designed look.
This is why I love a good gallery wall. It’s a cool option that totally disregards the size and height of your art. 🙂 So go for it – print out some art and get it onto your walls!
SOURCES: rug | media cabinet (similar) | plaid ottomans | gallery art frames | basket | limestone knot sculpture | decorative boxes |
And while you’re moving around your art, be careful of hanging it too high or low. Your goal should be to aim for the center of the piece to hit about 60 inches, directly at eye level for most.
Switch Up The Layout
Quick! Right now, answer this question: where is your furniture placed? Is it up against all the walls? Often we can fall into this home decorating mistake of pushing all the furniture pieces up to the walls of our rooms. And we’re thinking by doing this, it’s saving or creating more space. But it doesn’t.
SOURCES: armchairs | rug | coffee table | couch (IKEA) | cream throw | black suede pillows | sconces |
Furniture all crammed together is such an easy fix. Instead, switch up the layout and try a conversational furniture placement. Pull pieces toward one another and off the walls to create a more intimate, useful seating experience. Plus, this will create a flow and allow the room to breathe.
Check Your Rug Size
I think we can all know that area rugs can completely transform a room and create a great point of interest. But knowing what size is right for your room, that can sometimes be a big home decorating mistake.
So let’s talk sizes. A living room almost always needs a rug that’s at least 8-by-10 feet, if not 9-by-12 feet. Also remember when it comes to rug size, it should also be wider than the area of the furniture you’re framing so it extends past the right, left, and front of the sofa or bed (or whatever furniture is resting on it).
SOURCES: rug | leather ottoman | gray throw | upholstered bed |
Considering a 4-by-6 for your living room or bedroom? NOPE! That rug size is a good choice for next to a bed, in a kitchen, or for an entryway. 🙂
So don’t delay any longer—these home decorating mistakes quick fixes will make your home a better, more stylish place in no time. The only thing you have to lose by trying them is about 5 minutes! 🙂
Guilty of two! I don’t have any layered lighting (this is new to me!) and my living room rug is a tad too small. Thanks for the great tips!
Once you try layered lighting Rachel, you never go back! 🙂