Entryway Neglect ~ Make a good first impression by finding another spot to pile shoes, mail and keys. Your foyer is the first thing people see when they come to your home, so use the space to display an important piece of art or to hang an unusual light fixture.
Too Formal Dining ~ Dining rooms should feel warm and welcoming, not cold and stuffy. Give your room a lived-in vibe with comfortable, upholstered chairs and personal touches.
Over Matching ~
Never buy your dining room table with the matching dining room chairs because buying sets suck the personality out of a room. Instead, mix and match styles to keep your home from looking like a catalogue. Purchase your big-ticket item, like a sofa or bed first, then pick smaller pieces from other collections or, better yet, a completely different place.
Going to the Wall ~ Rather than automatically pushing your couch back against the wall, consider placing it into the room instead. Doing this will create a more polished and conversation-friendly area. Add a console table behind the couch with a couple of lamps to complete the look.
White Out ~ Don’t fall victim to playing it safe with all white. Paint some of your white living room walls a dark gray and a white bookcase black, it will help make the space look much richer and chicer. Pay attention to contemporary colors, like grays, deep blues and even blacks as the NEW neutral go-to color.
Bathroom Crowding ~ Decorating a tiny bathroom with large elements will only make the room feel smaller. Instead create optical illusions. One way to make a bathroom feel bigger is to ‘float’ your cabinetry ~ look for pieces that attach to the wall so they don’t take up floor space.
Unnecessary Cabinets ~ Lose the upper kitchen cabinets! Swap those bulky storage cabinets for free floating or bracketed shelves and use a center island to hide your dishes, pots and pans ~ it can really open up your space.
Skimping on Hardware ~ Replacing cabinet hardware can instantly update and transform a room. It’s truly the jewelry of the kitchen, so spending a little extra on beautiful hardware is well worth the final touch!
Not Letting Go ~ Get rid of that worn-out, outdated piece of furniture or rug, even if you spent a ton of money on it seven years ago! Sometimes, you just have to let pieces go if they no longer work in your space. Holding on to it and making it work somewhere can often lead to a cluttered look.
Following Fads ~ If you like traditional furniture, don’t buy a bunch of Lucite just because that’s what you think is in style. Trust your instincts and don’t get swept up in trends when using catalogues as your decor inspiration.