9 Decorating Mistakes

I stumbled across this blog around 9 Decorating Mistakes one day when I was playing around on Pinterest. I thought this article had some great pointers whether you are decorating to sell your house or decorating your new house!

Here is a link to the full article with photographs:

We’re all human. We all make mistakes. And while there is a large amount of gray area when it comes to decorating, there are certain mistakes we can all agree to never make again. From floating a small rug to not making the bed, here are nine blunders you should resolve to solve.  

  • Ignoring the Hemline

    We all know that curtains should touch the floor, but just how much fabric do you let touch? Unless you’re Marie Antoinette and your drapes are made of pure silk, there shouldn’t be too much glamorous “puddling” of extra fabric. Have your drapes hemmed at the dry cleaners, or use simple iron-on hem tape

  • Letting Your Rugs Float

    Don’t be ashamed if that Kilim rug you scored at the flea market is actually too small for your room—it happens to the best of us. If you’re stuck with a small rug, ground it by placing it under furniture, whether under your coffee table or one foot of your sofa. Just don’t let it fly solo in the middle of your room.  

  • Not Making Your Bed

    Decorating starts as soon as you place two feet on the floor in the morning. Making your bed every day will make your entire place feel more pulled together, even if there are still dishes in the sink. 

  • Not Fluffing Your Pillows

    Pillows are functional, sure, but once you’re done with that squished-up lumbar, bring it back to life with a good fluff. A well-fluffed pillow is a sight to behold. 

  • Having Too Many Knick-Knacks

    No need to be a total minimalist, but curating your knick-knacks will keep you from looking like a hoarder. If there isn’t space for more than a few treasures on a table or shelf, then it’s time to purge.

  • Hanging Frames Too High

    Art should be hung eight to ten inches above furniture, and around five feet from the floor. This will keep it at the right eye line for an average-height viewer.  

  • Carbon Copying

    We’re all about being inspired by a designer’s portfolio, color combination, or grouping of fabrics, but take that inspiration and make it your own. Carbon copying is never admirable. 

  • Not Lighting the Scene

    As soon as the sun sets, lighting becomes the most important decorating element. Be sure to have multiple sources of light: indirect lamps, task lighting, and overall lighting (ex: recessed). 

  • Pushing Your Furniture Out to the Walls

    Whether your space is a cavernous cave or a claustrophobic can, never push all of your furniture out to the walls. The space will seem larger, and more inviting, if there are at least two to three inches of space. 

What decorating mistakes have you made? I know one of my biggest mistakes that I made when renovating my current house was the height of my pendant lights in my kitchen & similarly the chandelier in my dining room. I couldn't get it quite right where it was both functional and attractive and finally found the happy medium when I researched the right height for both of these key items.  Here are my findings:

Pendant Lights: 

Over a table. The recommended height to hang a pendant above a table is 28 to 32 inches, but the fixture can be hung slightly higher or lower depending on personal preference, fixture size and ceiling height.

Above an island. When thinking of pendant lighting what probably comes to mind first are fixtures hung in a kitchen. They are a great solution for providing adequate task lighting while also providing an opportunity to enhance or reinforce the kitchen design. Typically pendants should be placed 28 to 34 inches above the countertop, or 72 inches above the floor. 


Hang a chandelier approximately 30 to 34 inches over a table with an 8 foot ceiling height. If your ceiling is higher than 8 feet, mount the chandelier an additional 3 inches higher for each foot of ceiling.

This link shows more options and direction for getting the "hanging the pendant light" right!