7+ Do’s and Don’ts of Home Decorating (Advice From Interior Designers)

Poppy Slater

Home decorating can be quite the hard task. There are hundreds of aesthetics to choose from, you have to take into account your budget, some things just seem out of place. All of this can quickly become overwhelming. And if you can’t get a designer to help out, this leaves you with tied hands. Up until now at least. Today, we are going to show you some of the best designer secrets when it comes to decorating your home. So, let’s check them out.

Home decorating can be quite the hard task


Today we won’t be looking at any feng shui, but rather some interior designer secrets when it comes to home decorating. Don’t think of these are strict rules, but rather as some unforgettable advice from specialists. After all decorating your space is a type of art form that is super personal. So, let’s see what the designers have to say.

Don’t think of these are strict rules, but rather as some unforgettable advice from specialists

yellow chair in middle of the room

#Do Mix Old and New

While you may want only all-new furniture, it’s a good idea to have a mix of new and old. Have something slightly aged in the space. This will help in making the room feel less uniform and less like a catalog. After all you want the space to feel like home, not a furniture store. Having a mix of new and old makes the space feel authentic.

It’s a good idea to have a mix of new and old pieces

felicia alam home tour living room in white

@Felicia Alam

#Don’t Do Themes

While you may feel tempted to stick to a theme and decorate in just one specific style, this can be a slippery slope. Often inspiration goes too far and the space can get real tacky, real quick. What was planned to be a homage to a tropical land can look out of place and out of context with the whole home.

Often inspiration goes too far and the space can get real tacky

tropical themed room with palm furniture


@Bedding and Beyond

#Do Focus The Budget On A Few Pieces

We know decorating can be super expensive and unless you have an unlimited budget, you will most likely have to compromise. So, it’s important to know where to invest and where to not, rather than trying to spread the budget evenly. Have a few investment pieces that you know will stand the test of time. For example, invest in a nice sofa, or a nice chair, or a beautiful painting.

The painting is an amazing centerpiece to this room 

home decorating white living room with colorful painting

@Francisco de Almeida Dias

#Don’t Have Matching Furniture Set

If matching furniture and textiles were trendy before, these days are long gone. Most people make the mistake of trying to match up everything in the space, however this is a mistake. Having everything match only creates the feeling of a store and makes the room lack personality and authenticity. So, rather than going out and buying the whole set of furniture, find pieces that are complementary but different.

Having everything match only creates the feeling of a store

matching bed and side table in bedroom

@MiCasa Furniture

#Do Declutter Often

Having a cluttered home will make even the best designed homes look cheap and unappealing. Yes, clutter always occurs and that’s why it’s good to declutter as often as possible. A room doesn’t need to be cluttered with items for it to look good. So, opening up some free space is a good thing. Get rid of old magazines or broken appliances.

Having a cluttered home will make even the best designed homes look cheap

home decorating eclectic living room with big figures

@Guta Louro Designs

#Don’t Go Overboard

Have you ever heard the saying “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”? It’s very relevant when it comes to home design as well. Yes, you can paint a wall 5 different colors, but that doesn’t mean it will be good. It’s important to know when to stop. This can mean with decorations, colors, furniture and so on. You want to create a balanced, welcoming space, not one that overwhelms you.

It’s important to know when to stop

modern eclectic living room with brilliant splashes of color can still be clutter

@Kelly Wearstler

#Do Take Time Picking The Paint Color

Picking a color for your space can either make it or break it. That’s why it’s important to take your time and find the color that fits your space and aesthetic best. It’s also good to know which colors aren’t suitable for your space. That way you can focus on colors that are better fitting.

Picking a color for your space can either make it or break it

home decorating dark blue bedroom paint color

@Alec Hemer

#Don’t Place Furniture Against The Wall

This is a very common mistake, but is a big no-no. Unless your space is very confined, and you live in a tiny space, try not to stick all your furniture to the wall. It’s important to let the walls breathe. This will create a better layout and the sense of a better flow of the space.

Unless your space is very confined, try not to stick all your furniture to the wall

home decorating white living room sofa stuck to the wall

@Getty 

These were all the tips and tricks we have on home decorating. We hope you found this article useful. Now you can go on with decorating your home and turn it into the perfect space. After all it’s important to create a space that you feel good in.

Go on with decorating your home and turn it into the perfect space

home decorating bedroom desihn with green sage wall

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7+ Do’s and Don’ts of Home Decorating (Advice From Interior Designers)

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