“What happens when great rooms go really wrong? We'll tell you how to spot (and fix) the most common culprits.
We're not talking grave lapses in taste, like plastic-covered sofas, avocado-colored fridges or anything resembling a doily. We just mean the little blunders. Think: harsh overhead lighting, behemoth TVs masquerading as "art," or oversized sectionals crowding tiny rooms.
Awkward? Yep. Fixable? You bet. Read on to find out how.
Mistake #1: The Unanchored Rug
The Problem: Floating area rugs (rugs without any furniture on top of them) are a big fat decorating no-no. They look ready to fly off, magic carpet style.
The Solution: Rule of thumb: A rug should have something anchoring at least one of its sides, even if it's just the front two feet of a couch. Hint: Coffee tables were practically meant to rest on top of rugs.
Mistake #2: Furniture that Needs a Crash Diet
The Problem: Whether it's the dining room table crammed into the breakfast nook or the jumbo sectional shoehorned into the too-small den, disproportionately scaled furniture can wreck a room.
The Solution: If it feels awkward, it is. As soon as possible, replace the offending item with a smaller-scale piece. In the meantime, keep the rest of the room as stripped-down as possible to avoid claustrophobia. Measure the room, and carry the dimensions with you. That way, the next piece you buy will be perfectly sized.
Mistake #3: Regrettable Paint Choices
The Problem: That awesome mint green paint chip turned pea soup once it hit the wall, but you've been reluctant to repaint. Maybe you consider painting to be the lowest depth of human misery, or maybe you were just hoping it'd grow on you.
The Solution: Trust us -- it's not growing on anyone. And life is too short to live with a room you don't like. Repainting is the only way out. But relax -- this is a single-day project. Once the hideous color is gone, the healing can begin.
Mistake# 4: Not Knowing When to Say "When"
The Problem: Coco Chanel once famously said that before a woman leaves the house, she should take off one thing. The same principle applies to your home, where editing is key. Unless you're a hardcore minimalist, you've probably got too much stuff.
The Solution: Removing just one object -- a vase, a picture frame -- will make the remaining items stand out. And cycling items in and out of decor rotation will ensure that all of your best-loved pieces get a chance to show off.
Mistake #5: Sticking to a Single Design Era
The Problem: Unless you live in a mid-century Swedish design museum or on the set of "Mad Men," variety is the spice of life.
The Solution: It's always a good idea to mix and match pieces from different eras. Think: an industrial-modern lamp next to an overstuffed couch. Otherwise, a space can look stage-y and unnatural.
Mistake #6: The Super-Sized TV
The Problem: As TVs grow increasingly ginormous, they can dwarf your space, making it look like a cramped bachelor pad.
The Solution: There's nothing you can do once a too-big TV is already crammed into a regular-sized room, but there are ways to minimize the awkwardness. First, make sure your TV has company and isn't starkly placed against the wall. Put it in the recessed area of a fireplace or built-in shelving space, on top of a console table, or even surround it with like-colored picture frames.
Mistake # 7: Bad Lighting
The Problem: The worst offenders include glaring overhead lighting and the unflattering old-school fluorescent bulbs that make your bathroom look like something from an '80s horror flick.
The Solution: Use soft white bulbs and dimmer switches for your overhead lights. And make sure your CFL bulbs are marked "warm white.”
[Source: : “The Nest”]
Even though I can’t take credit for this list of decor mistakes, I am guilty of several of them!!
My Mistake # 3:
Our kitchen/den/breakfast room is GUILTY as charged. It’s our largest room in the house, of course. I am still trying to figure out where my design sense was when I decided to spend so much time executing this complicated finish on that much wall space! It took me weeks to get it done. Actually, it’s not the finish itself - it’s the color!!
I panicked right before the very last step, which was to trowel a light coat of brown wax over the entire wall. This would have toned down the mustard gold and given the wall an incredible sheen. But, if you have ever had to get wax off a wall, you understand why I skipped this step. I’m talking mineral spirits and scrubbing until your arms fall off!
Three years later, I am finding that I dislike my walls more than ever.
This color wraps itself around you like, hmmm…
spicy mustard on a hot dog!!!
You can appreciate the beauty of the finish here if you can stop asking, “What was she thinking?”
It looks great at Thanksgiving and Christmas…
My Mistake # 4:
Refer to any post that has photos of Blue Creek Home and you will see this mistake.
The suggested solution to this one will not help me. “Removing just one object” will not make a dent in my “more is more” look!
Anyway, I like that layered English look! Who knows? I might just ADD one more thing!
My Mistake # 7:
My problem isn’t the “glaring overhead light” or “old school florescent light” offense.
The solution to this problem will be simple. I need to remove all of the bargain bin light bulbs and invest in good bulbs.
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So, are you guilty of any of the 7 mistakes listed in this article? Maybe you don’t think some of them are mistakes.
Talking about it doesn’t solve the problem, but I sure feel better after sharing mine!