Over the years my husband and I have renovated and decorated many homes, so if there is a mistake to be made then you can bet I’ve made it.
The best part of this is that because I’ve made these decorating mistakes – you don’t have to.
Here are some of the most common decorating mistakes
MISTAKE 1: BUYING A RUG THAT IS TOO SMALL
You find the perfect rug with the perfect colour and size, but the bigger size is just a little bit too expensive, so you go for the smaller size. When you get home and put it in the room it looks skimpy, immediately you get that sick feeling in your stomach that says you should have got the bigger size. I know that feeling, trust me.
When buying a rug and you are torn between two sizes, always go for the larger one.
MISTAKE 2: PAINTING A WALL WITHOUT TESTING THE COLOR FIRST
You look at those little paper paint colours, pick a colour that you think you like, buy a couple of litres of paint, then start painting. The colour doesn’t look quite right but you keep on painting, hoping the paint will look better when it dries. It doesn’t. Have you done that? I have!
Please, please, please paint a large-ish test board or a test spot on your wall first. Make sure you look at the test board or test spot at different times of the day and move the test board around on all walls, even hold it up against your furniture. Paint can really look different once it’s on a wall. It’s worth the time to test it first.
MISTAKE 3: FALLING OUT OF LOVE WITH YOUR FURNITURE
So you’ve spent a lot of money on one or more of your main pieces of furniture, thinking that you would love it forever. Then it happens, just out of the blue, you fall out of love with your couch or dining table and you want a divorce. But you can’t because you feel guilty over the money you spent on something that you don’t love anymore.
Solution? Get rid of it! I know it cost good money and you will never get that money back, but life’s too short to live with things that you don’t absolutely love. Your home should reach out and give you a big hug when you walk in and you should want to hug it back. You’re not going to be able to relax on a couch that you can’t even stand looking at, I know, I tolerated an expensive ugly leather couch for a few years before I relented and admitted that I really don’t like leather couches. Give it to charity or get some of that money back by selling on sites like Gumtree, either way you will feel better.
MISTAKE 4: TOO MUCH WALL ART
If you have large expanses of wall, this is a tough one. However, having too many pieces of art on one wall or one room, can make it feel confused and cluttered. Think ‘curated’. We like to say, less is more and bigger is better. Think of just a few large pieces of art rather than many pieces of small art for a wall.
I suggest fewer pieces and larger pieces for a wall. Smaller pieces work well for a small wall or a small room like a bathroom.
The great thing about decorating is that it’s mostly subjective. If you agree or even if you don’t, I would love to hear your thoughts on what you think the biggest decorating mistakes are.