The 5 Worst Decorating Mistakes You Can Make

Posted February 4th, 2010
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uglychairWhen it comes to your home, there is plenty of room for error. Forget, for a moment, what can happen if you don’t keep up on maintenance. Forget what life would be like if you let your homeowners insurance lapse and found yourself in a disaster. While those are scary enough, there’s something even more frightening about owning a home:

Making decorating mistakes.

Look, the odds of you not being paid up on your homeowners insurance on the day the earth opens up and swallows your house are pretty slim. The odds of you falling for a terribly distasteful decorating trend are much higher.

Here are 5 of the worst decorating mistakes you can make:

  1. Wood Paneling. Look, I know that wood paneling is sometimes a cheaper and easier alternative to covering a wall, especially if that wall is tucked away in your basement. Trust me, though, paneling doesn’t belong in your basement any more than it belongs inside your minivan.
  2. Toilet rugs. Not only are toilet rugs outdated, they’re kinda gross. The get wet, they get yucky, and they just look plain silly when matched with a carpeted toilet seat cover. Don’t even get me started on the mold issue.
  3. Traffic jams. Rooms are supposed to flow. If you put your couch in the middle of the path from the hallway, people are going to bump into it. Oh, and it’s going to look bad. I’m not suggesting you need to feng shui it up, but please give us a way to get from one room to the next.
  4. Fad decorating. Lava lamps will come back around, I promise. However, it’s going to be a while. Don’t blow a bunch of dough making your house look “contemporary,” because in a year it will be old news. If you do add touches of the latest fad, make them inexpensive and disposable.
  5. Matching everything. Your rooms should not look like they came out of a catalog. Catalog photos are decidedly not livable. Your house is not a showroom to be gawked at from a distance, it’s an experience. Be eclectic, and give the eyes something to jump from one item to the next.

Avoid those pitfalls and you’re well on your way to having a nicely furnished and decorated home. For more, check out the 10 worst home decorating trends of all time, and see just how bad it’s been in the past.

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