Even though interior decorating is always centered around a homeowner’s particular style, there are still certain things that should always be avoided. Some people find that they really have a knack for decorating, whereas others might need some help. Whatever your degree of decorating savvy, here are the top 5 interior decorating mistakes and how to avoid them in your home, no matter what kind of room you’re working with.

1. Interior Decorating without a Plan or Vision
Never start a decorating project with absolutely no vision or plan for what you want for the room. What usually ends up happening is that the room will look like it was randomly put together and nothing will flow. It’s essential to always have some sort of plan drawn out or at least an image of what you want the room to look like before you buy anything. This doesn’t have to be anything elaborate; just have a few quick ideas scribbled on a piece a paper and you will have something to work with.

2. Complementary and Contrasting Home Décor: Too Much Matching
For those people who have the tendency to want everything to match, they may end up with a living room that is all tan and brown. For those who favor a more contemporary, monochromatic look, this might really work. But most decorating schemes need complementary and contrasting colors added to the décor. This will inevitably pick up the room, giving it some interesting items that will stand out instead of the whole room just being drowned out in one or two colors.

3. Disorganization: Decoratively Organize Your Room
One of the most important aspects of any room is organization. A room’s décor can be easily lost when that room is disorganized and a mess. When choosing items for your room, you should try to find functional pieces as well as decorative ones. For instance, bookcases can do a lot more than just hold books. You can put wicker baskets on the shelves to hide such items as remotes, toys, magazines, and other miscellaneous things.

Be sure to fully utilize any storage space you have in a room. Clothes might be stored under the bed, and bathroom cabinets might have small baskets in them for small items such as toothbrushes, floss, and other personal items. Avoid having small items just lying out all over the room. Rather, use your creativity to find places to store and organize them out of sight.

4. Getting Furniture without First Checking Room Dimensions
It’s always really important to take measurements in a room before you buy any type of furniture, whether its a television stand for your family room or wood beds for your bedrooms. You don’t want to end up having your couch take up your whole family room. On the other hand, you also don’t want to end up with a teeny couch in a huge living room space.

So plan accordingly and be sure your furniture fits the dimensions of the room. Another important consideration is to buy your furniture first before you do anything else in a room. Styles can always be worked around the furniture and that way you’ll know what kind of space you’re left working with.

5. Pictures Placed Too High on the Walls
You’d be surprised how common of a mistake this is in interior decorating. Pictures should always be hung at eye level. Only huge portraits or pieces of art should be hung slightly higher to get them off the floor, and then it’s the middle of the picture that should be at eye level. The key is to be able to look at the artwork straight on instead of having to look up to see it.

These are just some of the most common interior decorating mistakes made by homeowners. If you avoid these mistakes, you’ll be well on your way to a beautifully decorated home.

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