Design Mistakes To Stay Away From!

There are so many design mistakes that are commonly made. To make your home look as beautiful as possible, we want to show you how you can fix some of these slight mishaps.

Window Mis-Treatment



Window Treatments are so important to a space, and though we could easily do a whole post just about window do’s and don’ts, here are the basics to making your windows fabulous. Length- Window treatments MUST touch the floor. They can be barely kissing it, or dragging by a few inches, but the hem of your panels needs to meet the floor. Width- Maximize the width of your windows! Panels should frame your window, not cover it up. Drapery Panels should be hung so that when gathered, they barely cover the edge of the window. This will give the illusion that the window is bigger than it is, and maximize your natural light. Height- Instead of hanging your rod directly on top of the window, bring it up! Ideally, the rod should be hung half-way between the top of the window and your ceiling. This brings the eye continuously from floor to ceiling, elongating your space instead of chopping it up.

Rug Neglecting



 Use them. Love them. Put one in every room. But really, we use rugs in almost every space we design! Even on carpet you may ask? ABSOLUTELY. An area rug will define your conversation space, give depth to your design, and save your flooring. Not to mention rugs bring the opportunity to make a statement! Whether neutral or vibrant, nothing introduces the style in a space faster than a rug or makes a bigger impact. Rugs are definitely an investment, but they are one worth making, and they don’t have to break the bank.

Art Interference



We’re not in the NBA, and we’re going to venture a guess and say that most of your house-guests aren’t either. This means that your art should NOT be hung eye-level to someone who is 6’10. There is a common misconception that hanging art and wall décor higher will bring the eye up and create height in your space. In actuality, when art and decor is hung too high it creates a disconnect between the art and furniture, halting the harmony of your space. Art should generally be hung 6’3″ above the floor, or so the center of the piece is eye-level to someone who is about 5’6″.

Outer Space Planning



Space planning is the foundation of every room, and having your furniture set appropriately makes a huge difference. The fourth most common design mistake is having your furniture pushed up against the walls or to the edge of the room in an open floor plan. With few exceptions, main furniture pieces should never be directly against the wall. Even in small spaces there should be a few inches between. When one piece is anchored against a wall, the others should be brought to it, not shoved all the way against the opposite wall. This is another way area rugs can come in handy, as a guide to help you space plan!


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Cluttering Home Decor Ideas To Get Rid Of

We all want to stay up with the latest trends, tips, and tricks, but sometimes, all those trendy ideas just create clutter. We’ll let you know how to keep up with these trends correctly in a non-cluttering way.

So Many Floating Shelves



Floating shelves are so great for display storage, but the clutter comes when there are just too many! Be careful not to over-do it. People add in more shelves when they want more and more storage. Just get rid of some stuff or find another place to store it, such as your garage or attic. As you can see in the picture, it’s still trendy and not over done.

A Lot of Kitchen Accessories



There are only so many cookbooks you need and so many glasses and so many appliances on your countertops. Yes, they are so cute individually, but now there are so many, they blend together and create clutter. Instead, pick a very limited amount of decorative pieces to put out in the kitchen.

Couch Pillow Clutter



We all love couch pillows. They’re comfortable. They cute. They’re the best couch accessory, but too many is too many. Lots of people tend to over do this designer idea. This tends to happen more to small couches, because they tend to think it has to be a certain number no matter how big or small the couch is. Think less is more. That is sure to help out. Even if you have a large couch, try to pick your favorites and downsize the number of pillows.

Pile Up on Table Trays



Designers use table trays because if used correctly, they’re great tools providing an area to be used as a “drop zone” for smaller items. Many people use it for mail instead, and when the mail doesn’t get checked, it piles up and piles up. The table tray clutter starts becoming the main eye drawing area in the whole room. Try to refrain from placing your mail on your table tray.

Stacks on Stacks on Stacks of Books



Stacked books is a very cute trend, but this is one you have to be careful of overdoing. It can easily create a clutter problem. It really just creates piles in every room that are unnecessary if it’s just too many. Try to just minimize the stacked book decor as shown in the picture.

Hopefully, you can decrease the clutter in your home with our tips here. Don’t forget: it mainly comes downs to over doing one cute trend that too much creates clutter. Follow the pictures provided for ideas on how to keep up with the latest in the best ways! Keep it trendy, chic, and decluttered!


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