You work hard to keep your home clean, so the last thing you want is for your decorating choices to contribute to a messy-looking space. Although de-cluttering is the first step to a polished, orderly look, the way you furnish and decorate the room is also hugely important to its overall neatness. Sometimes simple decorating mistakes can make the design appear awkward, disheveled, or downright chaotic. When something isn’t quite right, it can detract from the design and interfere with the mood of the room. Luckily, these decorating problems are often easily fixable with just a few tweaks. Simply swapping out accessories or rearranging furnishings can help bring order to the room and maximize your tidying efforts.
To help you create a space that looks clean and organized, here is a list of six decorating mistakes that could be making your home appear messy.
1. Relying Too Much on Open Storage
Open shelves are a great place to store books and display collectibles or art, but this type of storage works best when it’s not overcrowded. When accessorizing bookshelves or built-in shelves, don’t pack every inch of space with books and accessories. To achieve a cleaner look, edit down the arrangement so you can leave some open space between items. You should also avoid using open storage for electronics and cables or to hold games, movies, and toys. These items are best stashed away inside cabinets, boxes, or baskets for a less cluttered effect.
2. Using Too Many Colors
3. Adding Too Many Accent Pillows
Avoid a haphazard and untidy look by limiting the number of accent pillows on a sofa or bed. Rooms look more pulled together and well-decorated when the furniture isn’t laden with piles of decorative pillows. Two or three accent pillows on each end of the piece are typically the perfect amount to decorate a room with beautiful colors and patterns.
4. Pushing Furniture Against Walls
Arranging all your furniture up against the walls will make the space look cluttered and messy. The solution? Pull the furniture away from the walls and toward the center of the room. Group chairs around a coffee table to create the perfect conversation area. Ground the furniture with an area rug to tie the arrangement together.
5. Placing Too Much Decor on Tables
Too many decorative accents on the surface of a table will make a room look cluttered. Instead, edit the number of accessories, then decorate the table with one or two groupings of items. First, pare down what you already have on the tabletop. Only display what you love and what is functional (for example, a small dish for storing car keys and sunglasses) and remove the rest. Group many small objects in a jar or bowl. Elevate small objects on a stack of two or three books to give it a purposeful look.
6. Hanging Pictures Randomly
Art hung haphazardly across a wall creates a chaotic look that can overwhelm the space. Instead, group pictures in an arrangement to instantly make the room appear more organized and balanced and demonstrates how several pieces can be hung to create a visually pleasing and curated look.
By steering clear of these common issues, it’s easier to maintain order and achieve an immaculate look! Happy organizing!