5 Mistakes to Avoid When Redecorating Your Home
Have you ever looked back at a photo of yourself from a previous decade and asked, what was I thinking when I picked out that outfit? The way you decorate your home can be a lot like that. One minute, it seems perfect; the next it’s hopelessly outdated. If you’re currently looking around your living room with that same sense of what was I thinking that you typically reserve for your 80’s prom portraits, it may be time to redecorate.
Redecorating your home is fun. It’s a great way to freshen up your space and inject new energy into each room. Do it right, and you’ll feel happy just sitting on your couch and admiring the view. Do it wrong, and you’ll find yourself redoing it sooner than you might like.
How do you avoid a redecorating fiasco? Take a look at these common redecorating mistakes and vow to do better.
- Choosing a Decorating Style Because It’s Trendy, Not Because You Actually Like It
Remember when everyone was doing bold accent walls with chevron wallpaper? That trend was very cool in 2014, but now it seems passé. And what about the farmhouse trend that’s dominated so many new homes? According to some sources, it died in 2019 (RIP). Right now, gray flooring and white walls are all the rage, but will these still be cool in a few years? Probably not.
The lesson? Decorate with a style you like, not with what’s popular on HGTV right now.
- Choosing the Wrong Size Area Rug
Area rugs can be pricey. As a result, it’s tempting to save a hundred bucks by opting for that 7x10 instead of the 10x12. Unfortunately, a too-small rug will look silly. It’ll float in your room instead of anchoring it together. As a rule, an area rug should be at least six inches away from the wall but no more than two feet from it.
- Choosing Items That Look Good But Don’t Feel Good
Mid Century furniture is very chic, but it isn’t always the comfiest. This is true of other design styles too, but often we ignore it because the piece we’re considering buying is just so cool looking. You might think that you’re okay with that glass coffee table instead of an ottoman to rest your feet on, but a few months into owning it, you’ll long for coziness. No, you don’t have to get that hideous but oh-so-comfy couch, but you shouldn’t sacrifice style for comfort either.
- Buying The Cheap Item Instead of The One You Actually Like
Redecorating on a budget is possible, but it shouldn’t mean choosing items you don’t totally love just because they’re cheap. Oftentimes, when we choose the cheaper option, we end up replacing it down the road, which actually ends up being more expensive in the long run. If you really love that $300 armchair, don’t opt for the $200 one that you only kinda like. A good piece of decor is an investment. A cheap piece of decor may end up being disposable.
- Trying to Do Everything at Once
It happens to a lot of us. You’re looking around your home and suddenly you find so many rooms you want to redecorate. At first you want a new light fixture for your bedroom, next you want a better duvet. From there you realize you want a new kitchen table and then suddenly you’re realizing that the cabinets could use an upgrade too.
Slow down. Decorating—or redecorating—a home takes time. You’ll appreciate the look of your home if you take time to really find that perfect wallpaper, that piece of art, or that beautiful vase you didn’t even realize your dining room was missing. Let it be a process, have fun along the way, and relish the results.