You’re so excited because you just bought a new home!
Now, it’s time to furnish it.
No biggie, right? Just go to Baitandswitch Furniture Store and you’ll be all set in a jiffy.
Salesperson is a bit snippy and rushed but you find some nice things. She writes up the order and 3 months later a big 16 wheeler comes up your driveway.
The gruff guys leave the furniture sorta where you wanted it. They leave and then you stand back to admire your new living room.
Only thing is… you hate it.
Five hideous (and very common) decorating mistakes
1) The furniture is too big. Oh, it looked alright in the store. But it’s very difficult to judge scale in a showroom that’s 100 x 300 feet and has a 12 foot ceiling. In addition, you need to plan out your room before you go shopping. Make a little scale drawing using quarter-inch graph paper. 1 quarter-inch sq. = 1 sq. foot. easy.
2) You bought a matched set of furniture. Yaaawwwn. Not only is it boring, it’s terribly dated and you will be sick of it before your hefty credit card bill arrives.
3) The beige sofa is actually a nauseating shade of pink. Nobody told you that you needed to take a sample of the fabric home to look at under your own lights. The showroom lights are meant to make the vignettes look attractive, not mimic reality.
4) Your walls look like they are painted with mint green Crest toothpaste. You didn’t want “boring” old white or cream and that deep rich color was scary, so you went with the color second from the top. With certain shades that second color is often a big dud. Not always, but often. Either stick to pale whites, creams and grays or go deep and rich. And please don’t woos out on me and paint only one wall the deep rich color. Paint all four walls the same rich color and prepare to be dazzled.
5) At night there are all sorts of weird scary shadows and glare. Laurel, I don’t understand. I got the biggest fan-light I could find, so what gives?
Most ceiling fan lights should be banned. They are like a helicopter coming in for a landing. Please. No.
To make a room warm and cozy, you first need to light the corners.
The light will bounce off the walls and out into the center. Use table, floor lamps and sconces. Keep overhead lights to a minimum except for the kitchen. Wall washers to hi-light art, however are alright. Everything must be on a dimmer switch! And please do not use so-called natural full-spectrum “daylight” bulbs. Don’t fall for it. They suuuuucccckkk! They are cold and make everything fugly. It’s a living room, not a laboratory!
As you probably realize, incandescent bulbs are finished in the US. (unless you fully stocked the bomb shelter with cases of them) However, halogen, compact fluorescent and LED all come in warm and dimmable light bulbs.