6 DECOR DISASTERS TO EASILY AVOID

The joy of home decorating! You have big plans for a stunning Insta-worthy interior only to end up with something that people make into memes over on Twitter instead. While there are decorating pitfalls with a little knowledge these common DIY disasters are easily avoidable. With a little planning and some common sense.

1. THE MISADVENTURES OF PAINTING

Painting. It seems so easy, right? Just slap some colour on the walls and voilà, a masterpiece… or a mess-terpiece, if we’re being honest. Poor paint jobs are the bane of many households. Drippy walls, patchy colours, and the ever-dreadful ceiling smudges can turn your dreamy redesign into a nightmare. This is where professionals earn their crust. Hiring professional painting services might seem like splurging, but it’s actually investing in peace of mind (and a guarantee that your walls won’t look like abstract art gone wrong).

2. FURNITURE FAUX PAS

Ever bought a piece of furniture that looked perfect in the store but turned out to be about as practical as a chocolate teapot once you got it home? Scale is crucial, folks. That gigantic plush sofa might seem inviting until it swallows up your entire living room. Measure, measure, and then measure again. Remember, just because it fits through the door doesn’t mean it fits your room.

3. RUG REGRETS

A rug can tie a room together, but the wrong one can just as easily turn it into a disjointed mess. Too small, and it looks like a postage stamp; too big, and your room looks swamped. And let’s not start on choosing a pattern that clashes with everything like it’s trying to start a domestic dispute. As a rule of thumb, a rug should fit under all the main furniture pieces in a seating area. It’s not just decor; it’s diplomacy!

4. LIGHTING LAMENTATIONS

Lighting can make or break the ambience of a room. That bargain basement light fixture might look chic and cheap, but if it casts a harsher glow than a police interrogation lamp, it’s not doing you any favours. Layer your lighting with a mix of overhead, task, and accent lights to create a warm, inviting atmosphere. Trust me, your future dinner parties will thank you.

5. THE CURSE OF OVER-DECORATING

It’s tempting to fill every nook and cranny with something “interesting”. However, over-decorating is like overthinking; it leads to clutter, confusion, and chaos. Adopt the less-is-more approach. Give your space room to breathe, and focus on a few key pieces that truly speak to your style. This way, visitors won’t need a map to navigate through your knick-knacks.

6. THEME OVERKILL

And finally, the thematic thorn in many a decorator’s side. Choosing a theme can be fun—nautical, bohemian, vintage, etc.—but there’s a fine line between tastefully thematic and, well, tacky. A theme should be a whisper, not a shout. If your home feels more like a theme park than a sanctuary, it might be time to reel it in.

As you can see, decorating doesn’t have to be a daunting ordeal, and you can wave goodbye to decor disasters once and for all! 

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