Decorating your home can be extremely exciting and fun, but also really scary and daunting. There are so many mistakes that can be made that can make your home look weird, awkward, and small. Of course, no one wants their home to look like that, so it’s important to know a few simple rules to avoid it. It’s actually a lot more simple than you think and when you know the dos and don’ts of home decorating you’ll easily be able to make your home look beautiful, grand, and luxe.
1. Don’t Hang Small Pieces of Art on Large Walls
One of the worst things you can do when decorating your home is not hanging proper pieces on walls. If you have a small wall, then hang smaller pieces of art. If you have a large wall, hang bigger pieces of art, etc. If you hang something small on a large wall, the bare space around the art will dwarf it. It will look disproportionate and silly. Similarly if you hang a really large piece on a small wall space, it will overwhelm the wall and the space and will actually make your room look smaller than it is.
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2. Do Hang Curtains High and Wide on a Window
There is a whole art when it comes to hanging curtains and drapes in your home. Where you place the curtains can make all the difference in making your home look grand and beautiful, or small and awkward. It’s important to hang the curtains as high as possible on the wall so that your room will look taller. You’ll also want to hang them as far and wide as you possibly can. When the curtains are fully opened, they should barely even cover the first few inches of the window. This will make your room seem wider and larger as well.
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3. Don’t Use Rugs That are Too Small for Your Space
Just like how you hang curtains in your home plays a huge part in making it look larger or smaller, the size of area rugs you use as well do the same thing. You never want to use rugs that are too small for your space. The edges of your rugs should always be floating under the furniture a few inches, or should extend beyond the furniture by a few inches or feet. Anything smaller will play an optical illusion and will dwarf your room.
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4. Do Use Different Textures
To keep things interesting in your decor, you’ll want to mix different textures in your decor. Soft, fluffy, woven, leather, sequins, heavy, light, etc. This creates interest for the eye instead of looking boring and plain. It’s better to mix as many textures as you can.
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5. Don’t Clutter Your Decor
When it comes to accessorizing your home with pieces of decor, don’t let it turn in to clutter. Sometimes we get too focused on adding more decor so things don’t look boring and then it turns into a clutter-fest. There ends up being accessories everywhere you look in every single corner of your home. Remember to keep things simple and it will look more beautiful as well as make your home look larger than if it’s cluttered with decor.
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6. Do Use Color
Using color in home decorating is great. However, it can be overwhelming for some people. I understand that it gets intimidating when it comes to decorating with color. If you’re afraid of color or simply want a neutral colored home, at least use little pops of color. This creates more interest for the eye instead of a boring plain room that’s all neutral in color.
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7. Don’t Make Everything Symmetrical
For more interest when decorating your home, try not to keep things too symmetrical. One side of your room doesn’t have to look the exact same as the other side. I know this is natural and tempting to do, but it’s also a little boring. Instead, try off centering furtniture and art to keep things visually stimulating and interesting to the eye.
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8. Do Pay Attention to Proportion
When it comes to the furniture you put in your home, make sure it’s in proporation to the size of your rooms. If you have a large room, use large furniture and if it’s a small room, use small furniture. I know this may seem completely simple and obvious, but sometimes we forget the most simple things and end up making our rooms look strange because of the size of furniture and decor we use.
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