Obviously, not everyone is gifted with the artistic instincts and training of a professional interior designer. Nor are too many people able to afford professional designer services. That’s why a lot of homes are guilty of decorating mistakes we’ve included in this list. Fortunately, we have the solutions to all these problems.
- Too many photos in too many different frames. A lot of older folks have this problem, since they’ve accumulated a lot of photographs through the years even before digital photography existed. So naturally, they want to display as many of these photographs as they can. That’s why they fill their ledges with family photographs. Also, since picture frames are very common gifts, these photos are placed in frames of different sizes, colors, and shapes all over the house.
These can make any home look a mess. As a whole it’s also very overwhelming, and it really doesn’t encourage visitors to take a nice long look at the photos.
So what should you do? You may want to have all your photos digitized for posterity, and then you can get high quality printouts of the photos so you can get them in the same shape and size. Then you can use a set of matching frames for the best photos, which you can then hang on the wall.
- Too much clutter. Seriously, do you have to put all your knickknacks on display? When it comes to these items, the fewer you put on display, better they look as a whole. So just pick a few to display and keep the rest in storage. You can rotate your items every few months or so, which can make your home look refreshingly new each time.
- Placing all the furniture against the living room wall. It does seem to make sense to do this, as it leaves you with more space in the center of the room. But the fact is that somehow this arrangement makes the room seems smaller than it actually is. You’re better off having some space between the wall and the furniture, as this provides some sort of visual “breathing space”.
- Overly formal living room furniture. Sure, the elegant English and French couches look like they’re fit for royal visitors. But they’re not exactly warm and inviting for guests and your family may not enjoy using them either. So save your money and go for more comfortable pieces instead. Kids can sit on them without causing you any extra worry about a stain or damage.
- Overly formal dining room chairs. Again, you really need to prioritize comfort. Besides, some comfy dining room chairs look great with their padded seats and arm rests. Your family will appreciate the cushions, and so will your guests.