Friday, January 22, 2010

Home Decorating Faux Pas

Have you ever walked into a person's house and your eyes go straight to an item which seemed so out of place that it distracted you from the rest of the d├ęcor? If so, you have stumbled upon a decorating faux pas. When decorating your own home, cautious planning and a keen eye can help you avoid this from happening. There are so many different ways to create a coordinating focal point without the distractions.

Carpet in the Bathroom or Kitchen

Yes, carpet looks pretty and keeps your feet warm on a cold morning however, it doesn’t always belong in the bathroom or the kitchen. You should consider how hard it is to clean a carpet and rid them of offensive odors. Instead, consider hard wood or linoleum and use area rugs to accent the room. You can use flower shaped rugs or you can go for solid colors like yellow rugs to help you decorate your kitchen in a particular look.

Items Not Matching the Theme

While that replica masterpiece that came from your grandmother might be a magnificent piece of art; it probably would look out of place in a country-themed den.

While treasures such this do have a place in your heart, you should carefully consider where they are placed in your home. You can hang them up in the den instead of the main hallway or even in a bedroom.

The Furniture is Too Big

Large furniture looks absolutely gorgeous on a spacious furniture showroom floor. If your rooms are small in size, large furniture can look very out of place. In fact, it can become almost claustrophobic in the room because so much space is taken up. Find furniture that fits into your room not the other way around. You will be more content in a room that you feel is just the right size.

Too Many Knick-Knacks

It’s easy to end up with an overabundance of knick-knacks throughout your lifetime.

Used sparingly, little figurines and curios can add spice and character to a room. When overused, they only serve to create a cluttered, jumbled up mess. It is better to scatter them around the home, then to place too many figures in a curio cabinet.

If you have too many that you have collected over the years, consider rotating them. Place half of your collection into a box and place the box in the attic or down in the basement. Mark your calendar for six months and that is when you can change the collection out. Place a new batch out for another six months and you are continuously changing the look of the room with something that you like.

With just a little common sense and an eye for style, your home can be tastefully decorated in a way that will still reflect your own unique personality. Both you and your guests can enjoy the decorations in your home without being distracted by decorating faux pas. Be creative and have fun with your decor.