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5 Decorating Mistakes Everyone Makes

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Candice Olson

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September 4, 2014

Going the DIY design route is cheaper and can yield gorgeous, personalized results. But be careful you don't make one of these common mistakes or you might have a design disaster on your hands. 

Colour Blunders
Terrified of making a colour blunder? Or perhaps you already have and need to remedy it. Try painting test patches of colour on your walls or pinning fabric samples onto your existing furniture.

Spending some time with these “tests” will help you decide if you’re on the right decorating track. Maybe you’ll discover that a certain colour looks fabulous by lamplight but is too overbearing in full afternoon sun…the only way to find out is by experimenting!

Not Seeing the Big Picture
Having trouble seeing the big picture? If you’re not sure how your decorating scheme will come together, try creating a sample board with all your fabric swatches, paint chips and wallpaper samples.

Take the board with you during shopping trips or even to a coffee date with the girls. A picture really is worth a thousand words!

Being Too Trendy
Decorating trends come and go, so you need to discover your own classic style that will stand the test of time. An easy way to do this is by employing a neutral colour scheme for “big ticket” items like couches, carpets and other furniture.

If you love the latest trendy emerald green, introduce it throughout the room in small items that are easily changed: throw cushions, vases and picture frames are all good choices. Next year, when emerald is totally passé, you can introduce accessories in the newest hot colour at a minimum of expense.

Poor Floor Plans
When designing large open spaces, avoid grouping furniture around the outside edges of the room. Instead, divide your floor plan into zones. For instance, a kitchen/family room could feature an entertainment zone with a sofa, coffee table and easy chair grouped around the TV.

Another corner of the room becomes a tranquil reading nook with the addition of a big comfy chair and ottoman. A kitchen desk area becomes the kids’ homework zone. Use plants, decorative screens or other furniture to distinguish one zone from another.

Cluttered Kitchens
Want an eat-in kitchen but find yourself starved for space? Don’t cram a too-large table in an undersized area – create more room by installing banquet-style seating along one wall of the eating nook.

When not in use the table can be pushed right up against the bench, adding a few precious inches of clearance to the busiest room in the house! 


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