Home décor is very personal, and there is nothing wrong with letting your rooms reflect your unique tastes. However, there are some design habits that need to be broken. Houzz.com contributor Kurt Cyr compiled a list of what he calls the “12 Deadly Decorating Sins” - here are some of our most feared habits:
1. Neglecting your foyer – first impressions are important, and your foyer is the first room guests see. Give it some personality by displaying a favorite object that will spark conversation, such as the colorful area rug shown in this picture from Elle Decor
2. Improper lighting – lighting is often either too dim or too bright. Get it just right by installing dimmers, and match the occasion with the appropriate lighting
3. Looking too matchy-matchy – Mixing different patterns is not only acceptable, but encouraged. One pattern repeated everywhere in a room is boring; make things fun and interesting by switching things up a little
4. Organizing furniture against the wall – there is no rule saying furniture must have its back against a wall. Displaying furniture so that it’s “floating” in the middle of the room can be more visually appealing; anchor the display over a large area rug to complete the look
For the complete list of decorating sins, and how to fix them, visit Houzz.com, and be sure to check out our new profile here!