The Top 5 Mistakes People Make When Decorating...And How to Avoid Them

Decorating your home can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also be an overwhelming one. It's the fun part of sprucing up our homes and the bane of our existence when it goes wrong! If you’re not careful, you can make mistakes that can cost you both time and money. To help you avoid these pitfalls, Manoir has put together the top 5 mistakes people make when decorating and how to avoid them

We've all made mistakes in our decorating endeavors, but now it's time to learn from them! So grab your measuring tape and a paintbrush and let's get decorating!

1. Not Considering Your Space: Before you start decorating, it's important to consider the size and shape of your space. Don't try to cram too much furniture into a small room, or put a large piece of furniture into a room that's too small. Consider the purpose of the room and how you plan to use it, and choose furniture and decor that fits the space and your vision.

Start with measuring the space you are decorating ahead of time. If you don’t,  you run the risk of buying furniture or other items that are too big or too small. This can make the space look off-balance and cluttered. To avoid this mistake, measure the space before you shop and be sure to take into account any doors, windows, or other obstructions. 

In large rooms, use a large area rug to unify a seating group within a larger space. As a general rule, all key pieces of furniture should fit on top of the rug.

In a smaller space, scale down the size of your furniture choices. For example, you can create a greater sense of space with a collection of chairs rather than using sofas or love seats and use petite stools to take the place of bulky ottomans.

2. Not Planning Ahead: It's easy to get carried away with decorating ideas, but it's important to plan ahead and create a budget. Having an idea of what you want to do and how much you can afford to spend will help you avoid going over budget and make the whole process much easier.

3. Not Being Creative: Decorating can be fun and exciting, but it can also be stressful and overwhelming. To help make the process easier, try to be creative and have fun with it. Don't be afraid to experiment with different colors, textures, and patterns. It’s easy to get caught up in the latest trends, but it’s important to remember that the space you’re decorating should reflect your own personal style. If you ignore your style and try to imitate another person’s design, you won’t be happy with the end result. To avoid this mistake, focus on creating a space that reflects your own personal style.

4. Not Mixing Old and New: Mixing old and new pieces can add character and interest to a room. Antique furniture, vintage artwork, and flea market finds can all be used to add an interesting, unique touch to your home.

5. Not Paying Attention to Details: Details are important when decorating. Pay attention to things like light fixtures, wall art, and window treatments. These small touches can make a big difference in the overall look and feel of a room.

By avoiding these common mistakes, you can create a beautiful and unique space that reflects your own personal style. With a little bit of planning, creativity, and attention to detail, you can create a space that you and your family will enjoy for years to come. For more inspiration on how to design your space, check out our boards and follow us on pinterest!

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