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Take Heed: Expensive Decorating Mistakes You Should NEVER Do

  • May 25, 2021
  • By Grace
Take Heed: Expensive Decorating Mistakes You Should NEVER Do

Decorating blunders get the best of us. And when it’s something minor, like the unflattering accessory or wrong throw pillow, it’s not a big deal. But when you make a mistake that costs you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, it’s a different story. Unless you have more time and money, you can avoid making any of these expensive mistakes.

Choosing the Wrong Paint Color

Paint is often regarded as a low-cost method of updating the home’s interior design. How many times have you heard anyone say, “It’s just a painting, you can easily update it.” 

Yes, paint is a wonderful way to turn your room, but when you remember how much time it takes to sand, fix holes, prime, and paint the first and second coat, it’s not a job you want to repeat in a hurry.

If you hire a professional to paint your house, the bill may be in the thousands of dollars. Paint a few big samples on the walls in different lighting to avoid picking the wrong paint color.

Failure to Measure Furniture Before Buying

Nothing is more frustrating than falling in love with a piece of furniture only to discover that it is too big for your room. Take out the blue painter’s tape or measuring tape, and draw out the exact dimensions of your ideal new purchase to help you understand how it would fit in your room. Making informed choices saves money and the hassle of returning the wrong furniture pieces.

Even better, double-check the measurements to ensure you have the correct dimensions. Consider making a list of those numbers on your phone for future reference. If you don’t already have a piece in mind, calculate the space on your floor and wall that you’d like to occupy.

You won’t have to guess what a properly sized piece will be if you’re looking for a piece at an outdoor tag sale or later in a store.

Cheaping Out on Window Treatments

While it may appear wise to purchase low-cost window treatments in the beginning, it may cost you in the long run. Since each window has a different dimension, you cannot buy a single size to match all of your windows. Investing in custom window treatments rather than prefabricated panels means that you get the ideal look and fit, preventing the need to replace them later.

Selecting Lighting Fixtures For Their Looks Only

Lighting can change the look and feel of your interior, but buying one for aesthetic purposes only is likely to impact the functionality of your room. 

Do your bedside lamps cast enough light to allow you to read without disturbing your partner? The pendant will look lovely in your bathroom, but would you be able to apply make-up with it? 

For this matter, it’s best to consult an expert or designer who will help you ensure that your lighting looks good and provides the appropriate amount of light for the room. 

This will not only make the space more functional but will also help highlight your decors, art pieces, modern farmhouse wall sign, photos, and other display knick knacks you want to show off.

Using Too Much Accent Colors

An accent color should only be used as an accent. It is a costly mistake to cover all of your seats, drapes, and cushions in your accent color. Resist the urge to flood your interior with multiple accent colors or too much of one.

Stick to one or two accent colors as a general rule, and devote 80% of your room to neutral tones that highlight the accent colors.

By Grace, May 25, 2021
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