Do you feel your home just doesn’t look right and think you could be making a few decor mistakes? It’s okay because you certainly aren’t alone. Unless you’re an experienced home designer there are probably a few design mistakes in your home that isn’t allowing your home’s true beauty to shine.
So how do you know if you’ve made one or more decor mistakes in your home? I have compiled a list of 4 common decor mistakes you’re probably making in your modern farmhouse. Correcting these common design woes will help your house look more designer and give you that perfectly curated style you’re looking for.
Mistake #1 – Matching Sets
I’ve said this once and I will say it again, please get rid of your matching furniture sets! It may be easy and sometimes even economical to purchase a furniture set, but it will make your home look cheap and one-dimensional. There are so many beautiful pieces out there, I promise it will absolutely be worth the time to search for each piece individually.
If having absolutely no matching furniture is a big stretch for you, there are a couple of options for you that make the leap a bit smaller so you can swap out one piece at a time. For instance, if you have a matching couch and loveseat, replace the matching armchairs with unique accent chairs to create some visual interest. In the bedroom, you can have the matching bed frame & dresser, but try swapping the nightstands for new ones of a different material.
What I’m saying is that you don’t have to make the leap all at once. Try replacing one piece here and there and you will start to see your home elevate to something far more designer.
Mistake #2 – Wrong Wall Decor
Let’s face it, sometimes we fall in love with a piece and purchase it not thinking about how it fits into our overall design. I’ve done it time and time again and then I have to run back to the store with a sad look on my face to return it. I also see this happen a lot, especially with wall decor. This could partly be because wall decor is a little tricky.
Oftentimes, people don’t realize that the size and shape of their empty wall space should dictate the size and shape of their wall art. For instance, if you have a rectangular wall space you would need a rectangle or oval piece to fit well on the wall. A square or circle will look awkward and out of place because it doesn’t align with the shape of the empty space. However, if you throw a console table below the square or circular piece, that will add the balance you need for the wall decor to fit the space.
Mistake #3 – Disregarding Object Weight
Did you know that each object has a weight? It’s probably not the weight you’re thinking of though. You won’t be weighing your furniture on a scale, but you will be paying attention to the visual heaviness of the object. The issue tends to arise because everyone has a specific style and when you are comfortable with a specific style, you’re furniture and decor selections tend to be very similar.
For example, if you like the big sofas with thick legs and the heavy wooden coffee table and side table, your room will feel very visually heavy. This can make even the biggest of rooms feel a bit cluttered. Instead, you should attempt to diversify your furniture selections. If you pick a thick and fluffy sofa, you’ll want to find a more sleek coffee table with thinner legs to help offset the weight of the sofa, therefore, providing balance to the room.
Mistake #4 – Not Mixing Materials
As modern farmhouse lovers, we all love that weathered wood look in our home. If you’re like my mom then you also probably have purchased every possible furniture piece with that same look. As lovely as that sounds, unfortunately, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. This is especially true with purchasing decorations or furniture of all of the same material.
Even if your wood pieces have different visual weights, the room will still feel very one-dimensional. Instead, you will want to mix in various materials such as wood, stone, metal, and fabric. The combination of these various materials will elevate your room and make your space feel more designer.
If you need more advice on common decor mistakes to avoid, just drop a comment below. I’d be happy to share more of the common design mistakes homeowners often make.