Saturday, February 3, 2007

HGTV's 25 Biggest Decorating Mistakes

I caught HGTV’s 25 Biggest Decorating Mistakes on TV tonight and it is so so true! It’s very important to be surrounded by beauty and have harmonious space to call home, and most major mistakes are free or cheap and easy to fix! Here’s the list:

#1: Fake Flowers

#2: Too Many Pillows

#3: Knickknack Overload (Hissss… oh, nothing bothers me like excessive knickknacks)

#4: Fear of Color

#5: Ignoring Windows

#6: Pushed–Back Furniture

#7: Tacky Couch Covers (does anyone actually have couch covers?)

#8: Frames Hung Too High

#9: Improper Lighting

#10: Floating Rugs

#11: Too Many Colors or Patterns

#12: Furniture That Doesn’t Fit (I'm guilty of this - we have this amazingly comfortable but MASSIVE sectional that swallowed our old living room whole -but our next living room will be just the right size for it.)

#13: Following Fads

#14: Everything Matches

#15: Lack of Traffic Pattern

#16: Uncomfortable Dining Chairs

#17: Too Formal

#18: Keeping Something You Hate (Just because it's a gift doesn't mean you need to keep it. But please oh please don't buy anyone knickknacks as a gift, 'cause then they'll have to keep it or feel guilty tossing your gift. Stop the cycle! )

#19: Lopsided Furniture Arrangements

#20: Outdated Accessories

#21: Out-of-Place Themes

#22: Undressed Cables

#23: Ignoring the Foyer

#24: Too Many Photos

#25: Toilet Rugs

For full explanations, here’s the link.

One handy tip they mentioned was to take a photo of your room, then evaluate how it looks. It's so much easier to be objective when looking at a photo, and it really clearly shows what's wrong. When you're standing in your room it's like, "Oh, it's not bad", but if you pretend like you've never seen it before and look at the photo you see "Eww, the table looks awful there!"

Just trying to spread beauty around. :-) After all, being a personal organizer/ designer/ contractor, I am qualified to be a design snob... just kidding, just kidding. Kinda. ;^)


Carly Fay said...

Dani - What we were talking about:

*Dani* said...

Hee hee. Ok, couple questions.

1st, be honest, do I have too many photos?

2nd, what the hell is a floating rug?

I know I am guilty of undressed cables. The reason I know this, is because Eli thinks it's funny to try and eat them. I will have to buy cord covers when we move (in 2 1/2 weeks!).

And I always hated toilet rugs. Eew.

: )

Carly Fay said...

No, I don't think so, because they're scattered around and not in your face. And a lot of them are black and white, which adds class.

A floating rug is an area rug that isn't "grounded" by any furniture, it's just hanging out in the middle of everything, looking too small and waiting to trip you.

Yeah, toilet rugs are disgusting.

*Dani* said...

I'm glad I don't have too many photos :)

I got onto their webpage and looked at the pictures they have of the what not to do. I don't do photos like that, where you just pile tons onto one surface. That is horrible.