Wrong proportions. From hanging your photos too high, to buying oversized or tiny furniture, if a guest feels like they just walked into a scene from Alice in Wonderland you are doing something wrong. Need a little help? Checkout this guide for hanging pictures by The Property Brothers or this one for proper rug placement and size.

Cheap and colourful. If you choose to go cheaper on your finishes, furniture or decor, ensure you make neutral choices. Bold colours on inexpensive items can easily be spotted and stand out as cheap.

Clutter. Even curated collections can be overwhelming. If I can’t put my beer down on your table without accidentally knocking something over — you’ve got too much crap. Try peeling it back and swapping a few items out seasonly. If you’ve got collections that can be easily grouped, try arranging them together on a shelf for a dramatic affect like this lovely vignette by Lauren Conrad.

The DIY disaster. HGTV has some of us thinking we’re the new Martha Stewart but if you’re not super handy taking on a large project, like tiling your backsplash, can be overwhelming and can often end up looking sloppy. Opt to hire instead and save your DIY prowess for smaller projects like hand-sewn pillows or updating finishes.

Fake flowers. Although there are beautiful fake flowers that look tasteful, finding them can be difficult and often they require a hefty investment. Instead of choosing the cheap and not so cheerful option, opt for fresh flowers instead. Choose something inexpensive and high impact. Hydrangeas have big beautiful blooms, try grouping three or five smaller vases for maximum impact. Don’t have vases? Mason jars or stemless wine glasses will do the trick too.

Dead plants. Also included are wilting or soon-to-be dead flowers. This might seem like a gimme but even the best of us are susceptible to thinking our green thumb has the power to resurrect the dead.

Crappy flow. Some call it Feng Shui but when it comes to your home, it’s really just common sense. If I’m scraping a knee trying to get by your couch it’s either too big or inappropriately placed. Play with your layout or perhaps consider embodying the less is more philosophy by removing a few items.

Dated finishes. Finishes can easily take your room from drab to fab. Swap out, or simply spray paint your current finishes for a fresh and modern look. Checkout this blog for more on updating your finishes.


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