Decorating Mistakes That Make Your Home Look Messy
Don't Overstuff a Room
First, of course, are the largest objects in a room: the furniture. The two things to think about here are scale and placement. Furniture that is too large for a room overwhelms it; ensure your furniture is appropriate for your room size and the other pieces in that room. Next, allow some furniture to float. Having all your pieces shoved against walls disallows natural flow through the room.
Do Consider Your Textiles
Next, think about textiles. Ill-fitted slipcovers guarantee a messy look. Neatly fold and smooth out throw blankets. And last but certainly not least, carefully fluff throw pillows. Check out design and style expert Phoebe Howard's guide to arranging sofa pillows.
Don't Neglect the Entry
This is the first space guests will see. It should be inviting, functional, and a representation of your family's home. One of our favorite tips? "My mother always had a red Oriental rug in our front hall to take Virginia's dark red clay soil off your feet," says Bunny Williams. "She'd say, ‘Look at the color of your soil, and get a rug with that background.' "
Do Address TVs and Other Technology
Tech cables, cords, and plugs are the bane of contemporary existence. Alas, can't live with them, can't live without them. But you can also hide them. If you can, tuck the TV away in an armoire or arrange a gallery wall around it.
Don't Skimp on Rug Size
An appropriately sized rug can make a room feel polished and sometimes even bigger than it is. While smaller rug sizes can be much cheaper, splurging for the 8x10, 9x12, or largest size appropriate for your space can save you in the long run. The right size rug, plus thoughtful furniture placement, adds up to a clean, pulled-together room.