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Home Decorating Mistakes to Avoid – It All Comes Down to the Accessories

(Last Updated On: October 30, 2019)

Adding the final touches and accessories to your home decor is fun! That’s where the personality, the accent colors and unique touches come into play. While there are very few absolutes in decorating (at least in my world), there are some things that will set your home apart, and not in a good way. We don’t want that.

So…here are some home decorating mistakes to avoid that might be helpful to keep in mind when selecting the finishing accessories, window treatments, area rugs and more, for your home.

Let’s assume for this discussion that you’ve already furnished your home with the larger pieces. If we’re going to consider the Living Room, for example, we’ll assume that you’ve selected the sofa or sectional, accent chairs, coffee/end tables, media console, etc. If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect pieces, you can click here and find some stylish, attractive furniture for your home

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Home Decorating Mistakes to Avoid

You Don’t Want To…Go Too Small With Rugs

Rugs are a great accessory in the home; good for layering, they can make a space look cozy, pulled together,  and they have the power to add warmth on a cold night.

It can be a bit tricky to know which size rug will work the best in your particular room. If you use a rug that is too small, or much too large, for the space, it will throw off the balance in the room.

Generally speaking, the larger the room, the larger the area rug can be used. But, if you are creating a couple of conversation or functional areas in a large room, a duo of smaller rugs, appropriate for each functional space, are probably the best way to go.

Here is a very helpful article from my friends at Wayfair to help you find the right size rug for your space!

One more thought about area and accent rugs. In my decorating and design world (the world according to ME), there are no rules that say a rug MUST be put a certain number of inches under the furniture, or totally under a furniture grouping. I do what looks best and works best in each situation.

You Don’t Want To…Mis-Measure Your Curtains

I have been in many homes where the curtain panels were hanging anywhere from several inches to a foot off of the floor. Let’s just say that it was not a pretty sight. I was looking for the floodwaters.

It is best to have the bottom of your curtains skim the floor, or just about touch the floor, or in certain styles, puddle on the floor as shown in the photo above on the right.

If you are hanging wood blinds or mini blinds on the inside of the window casing, they should end at the bottom of the window. If you add a curtain panel to that it should reach to the floor.

You Don’t Want To…Go All Matchy-Matchy

Taking a risk when it comes to putting colors, patterns and textures together can mean the difference between a room that is okay (yawn), and a room that inspires and makes you fall in love with it. I could write for a very long time about how to pull a room together with accessories, but this is not the post for a tutorial.

Rather, I’ll just say that a simple way to bring personality into a space and keep things interesting is to take your chosen accent colors and use them in selected patterns and textures, to create a space that doesn’t look too matchy-matchy.

We definitely took some risk in the guest room shown above, with the script accent chairs, leather strip accent rug, patterned pillows on the daybed and mix of B/W + colorful wall art. The soft aqua pulls it together along with the dark wood tones of the furniture.

You Don’t Want To…Forget Nature

home decorating mistakes to avoid

Something green and natural-looking (or truly natural) can add a touch of friendliness to a space. If you have a green thumb and can keep plants or potted trees alive indoors, kudos to you! My plants are generally of the silk variety, but not the seriously cheap versions. Yuk. Spend a few dollars more and you’ll be much happier in the long run.

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You Don’t Want To…Hang Pictures Too High

Wall art is another area that I see with issues in many homes. It is hung too high on the wall and there is a disconnect between the art and the pieces below it.

In general, hang art about 6 to 8 inches over the top of the sofa or accessory piece. In the example above the wall art is hung about 6 inches over the console table.

If art is hung in a hallway or another area by itself, be sure that the average person (somewhere between 5.5 and 6 feet tall) can look into the art, not have to strain their neck to look up at it.

Even though there are not many ‘rules’,  there are some home decorating mistakes to avoid, to create a stylish home that reflects your preferences and looks great, too!

Candi Randolph Midlife Blogger

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  • sizzlesue15

    Thanks for the tips, Candi. We are in the processing of redecorating our apartment at the Gold Coast so your post is very timely. I’m not the best at interior design so your posts really help. Have a great week!

    • Candi Randolph

      Glad you find my little hints, advice and tips helpful, Sue. I saw the photos on your coffee catch up the other day, and you’re doing a great job. Hopefully you’re having some fun with it, too!

      • Yes I’m not an interior designer so appreciate your tips. I will have to send you a photo of what we do. xx

        • Candi Randolph

          I would love to see the photos, Sue!

  • Amey

    This is great advice. I am always looking for decorating ideas and tips, so I loved this post! Right now my house looks like the contents of a box of crayons (we like color!) and I”m thinking of making changes. I just need to spend some time deciding what to do. Thanks again for the advice.

    • Candi Randolph

      Of course! It can be a real time saver to have a bit of direction when it comes to decorating your home.

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