Thursday, August 2, 2018

~decorating mistakes & how to avoid them~

Decorating traps are out there. 
Here are a few tips you might find helpful while decorating your own home.

1.  HANG YOUR CURTAINS HIGH
AND LET THEM HIT THE FLOOR

This illustration best shows how to hang your drapes.
Many people make the mistake of hanging them at the tops of the window, but if you hang them higher the room will feel taller. And please let them hang to the floor. 

2.  HANGING PICTURE FRAMES

When hanging frames on the wall, make sure they are the perfect height.
The center of your art should be at around 56-58" or eye height.
This is lower than most people think to hang art.
When you hang art above a couch, the length should be about 2/3 the couch width.
Studio McGee has a great in depth look at hanging art here.


3.  AVOID FURNITURE SETS

I do realize it is easy to walk into a furniture showroom and find a bed you like, and simply buy the matching nightstands, and dressers. But please don't do this!
Your room will feel flat with all the same toned wood furniture, and it won't feel lived in and it will lack character.
The dining room below would look very boring if the matching wood chairs were used up to this dining table.


4.  FIND THE RIGHT SIZE AREA RUG

This chart below will help you in selecting the right size area rug.
A common mistake {I've made it!} is to go too small or not place the furniture correctly on the rug itself.


DECORATING YOUR MANTLE


The last decorating mistake I'd like to talk about it decorating your mantle. It can be over decorated, under decorated, and often objects that are too small or too large are used.
We have our TV over our fireplace which is a big decorating no no. But for us it's function trumps the design. Our mantle has nothing on it, which some might say is under decorated. But the TV comes down almost to it, and placing anything on it would block the television.

If you don't have a TV over your mantle, try layering artwork and leaning some of it. 
Create different heights with vases, stacks of books, candles, and or flowers.


Let's round this up with some of my favorites!
These curtain rods are by far my favorite, as are these curtains.

Some of my favorite wall art comes from here.
My favorite place to buy giant enlargements is here, and my favorite place for buying canvas' using low res images is here.

This is a great place to find inexpensive area rugs.

I have so many places I like to buy furniture. Remember to shop around and buy pieces from different stores for an eclectic look. This is one of my favorites, as well as this, and this.

When looking for accessories I always head here. I also like to find things here, and I love buying flowers at the grocery store, or picking from my yard.

I hope this answers some of your questions and helps ease any fears of decorating you might have!

xoxo







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