Home Decor Mistakes You Might be Making

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Avoidable Home Decor Mistakes You Need to Avoid

The fact that you can afford expensive furniture does not make you immune to home decor mistakes. Better still, you don’t necessarily have to learn from your own mistakes. You can save yourself a lot of stress by getting it right the first time. Below are some home decor mistakes you should avoid:

Test Before Painting Your Walls

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Before you paint your walls, consider testing the paint; especially on a large span of a wall before you splash colours on your wall. This does not, however, mean that you should buy a lot of paint to test the colours. Instead, go for a few small containers. Try different shades of colours until you find one that really appeals to you. The last thing you want to do is to go for a colour yet end up with a depressing shade.

Don’t Go For Rugs

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You might be tempted to have toilet rugs in your bathroom – Don’t do it. It’s one of the biggest decor mistakes most tenants and homeowners make. Toilet rugs might look fancy and light up your bathroom; especially when they are brightly coloured but don’t do it.

Regardless of the size of your bathroom, you should not have a rug in it. They are not easy to clean and can easily become a breeding ground for germs on the bathroom floor. Remember that the rug would mostly be damp because of the prevalence of water in the bathroom. Instead, you should go for a bath mat, which might or might not come with a rubber backing

Stacking Photo Albums on Your Tables

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Having photo albums and frames on your tables is an archaic decoration idea. Apart from the fact that they are not appealing to the eye, they clutter your living room.

A simple and creative solution to this is to create a gallery on your wall. It’s a lot of space that you can make good use of. You can arrange the pictures based on an ascending order of when they were captured or rearrange them as you please.

Exposed Wires

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Nothing creates a clutter in your home as fast as wires laying all around the floor. Besides being visually unappealing, they are particularly dangerous if you have a child or children in your home.

To resolve this, you can shower rod to conceal them by sticking it against the wall. You can also keep them in a box that’s kept behind a desk or rack.

Becoming Obsessed With a Style

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It’s okay to have a style or theme that you really like but it’s another thing to become consumed by it. If you get to that point where your obsession overtakes your decision making, you can end up with a room that is generally tacky.

The way out of this is to avoid going overboard with your style and theme. Be open to trying new things and you might just stumble on one that you absolutely love.

Zero Balance With Furniture Arrangement

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The furniture pieces in your home need to be balanced in such a way that they sit together as one cohesive unit. For instance, if you have a sofa that’s on the bulky side, you should ensure your coffee table is not on the large side.

Final Thoughts on Decor Mistakes

You might find yourself making one or two decor mistakes at some point. This is fine but the important thing is to rise from it and have a better understanding of what works.

We hope you found this list useful. What are some of the decor mistakes you think people make? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comment section.

Samod Biobaku
A Nigeria-based writer and blogger who has written and edited for top brands including The SUN, Punch, Newswatch, Pulse.ng, Bigsam Media, Nigerian Bulletin, Swish Interativ, Hello Nigeria, National LIFE, iCampus, Jobberman and Cheki.