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Top 10 Interior Decorating Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Updated on August 13, 2016
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Chazz is an Interior Decorator/Consultant/Retailer, amateur photographer, cook, gardener, handyman, currently restoring an 1880 Victorian.

How to Transform Inferior Decorating: Identifying and Correcting Decorating Mistakes

You don't have to be a professional interior decorator to understand and apply some basic principles of interior design that will help you create a comfortable and functional home with style.

We've assembled a list of tips that tell you how to avoid (or correct) ten of the most common home decorating mistakes.

This article is not about creating the perfect magazine-worthy home décor or intimidating you with designer jargon and time (and/or money) consuming tasks.

Our aim is simply to present easy DIY decorating fixes with the basic information needed to implement them.

Whether you want to rearrange furniture in your living room, update your bedroom décor, create a guest room, shop for a dining room chandelier, or are downsizing or starting from scratch with your first studio apartment, these tips will help you make the choices that are right for you and your lifestyle.

Throughout this article, you will also find links to other pages that explore some of these topics in greater depth from coordinating fabrics to choosing colors, hanging pictures, and more.

We hope the tips included here will give you the confidence to decorate and accessorize your home to create a welcoming, comfortable place without worrying about making mistakes or wasting time or money -- and one that reflects your unique personality and style.

If you have heavy furniture or haven't purchased any yet, it helps to measure the room and its features first. Then draw the dimensions (graph paper makes it easier), translating the measurements into a scale.

For example, using a scale of 1 inch on paper = 1 foot of space, a room that is 8 feet by 10 feet will be drawn as 8 inches by 10 inches; if you use a scale of 1/2 inch = 1 foot, an 8 foot by 12 foot room would be 4 inches by 6 inches on the paper. In the first case, feet simply are translated into inches on a 1:1 basis. In the second case, you divide each dimension by two. Thus, a 13 foot x 14 foot room, on a scale of 1 foot = 1/2 inch, would measure 6.5 inches x 7 inches in your drawing, and so on.

It is also important to make sure that you note the location and size of doors, windows, hearths, or other features you will need to consider in deciding on furniture placement.

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Make a few photo copies once you've done that. Then measure the "footprint" of each piece of furniture (the length and width or amount of space it takes up on the floor).

If you haven't purchased the furniture yet, use standard measurements or find pieces you like and use those dimensions to see if it will work in your home before you buy it. Cut pieces of paper to the same scale as the room dimensions and label each piece of paper.

You can then move the cut-outs around on paper until you find an arrangement that works with the space, purpose, traffic, and size. Tape them in place or use a dab from a glue stick to secure them to the paper.

By using the photocopies, you can easily create multiple arrangements on different pages and compare them to get an idea of how each works before you move the furniture. If you can't visualize it accurately from the drawings, you can use software that will create a three dimensional model for you to see or you can use the cardboard box method outlined in the next section.


1. Up Against the Wall. . . Not!

Many people think a room looks bigger when all of the furniture lines the walls around the room. And if you want a dance floor, that may work, but for most purposes, furniture looks better and a room looks more inviting when the pieces are at an angle or surrounded by space.

Try angling your bed or sofa. Or float that large sofa facing a fireplace, two smaller conversational seating groups, or a pair of chairs arranged at an angle. Depending on the shape, size, and scale of your room, consider using two loveseats or settees instead of a large sofa.

Walk through the room and note the traffic patterns. Move the pieces around you find an arrangement that works with the space and with the traffic flow. That is, do not block access to other rooms or doors with furniture arrangements or individual pieces.

You will want to direct traffic while allowing easy access to pathways in, out of, and around the room.

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Home Quick Planner: Reusable, Peel & Stick Furniture & Architectural Symbols
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Other Considerations

Consider the purpose of the space as well. Are closets or bookshelves accessible? Do you have a great view you want to feature? (See focal points, below.)

Never automatically push all furniture against the walls. Living room furniture placed around the perimeter of a room does not encourage conversation and can create a cold feeling or ambience.

A chair without a nearby light source will not become a place to read the latest book by your favorite author or complete your latest craft project.

A long and wide island in the center of your kitchen between your sink and refrigerator means you have to walk around it every time you go from one to the other.

Decorator's Tip

If you aren't sure if the convenience of the additional counter space a center island would provide is worth the extra miles you'll be walking to go around it, or if that sofa will look too large in your living room, try arranging some large cardboard boxes to approximate the size of the furniture piece before you purchase it. It will help you visualize the size and mass of the furniture in a very concrete way and you can get a better idea of how the space will work in three dimensions.

Virtual Furniture Arranging

If you are tech-savvy, you might want to invest in floor plan software that will make it even easier to plan a single room or an entire house. Some of these apps have free trials you can download from their websites or your app store which may provide enough features for you to do this at no cost.

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2. Picture this: Getting the Hang of It

Hanging pictures or other types of wall décor too high or using pictures that are too small for a particular spot are perhaps the most common home decorating mistakes.

Unless you are creating a period wall full of dado-to-frieze pictures, wall décor should generally be hung so that the middle of the picture (or grouping) is at eye level (from either a standing or sitting position, depending on where it will be viewed from) or a little (2 to 3 inches) lower than eye level, with spacing between pictures fairly equal or visually balanced.

Pictures should also be hung in a way that is proportional to their location. A single small picture hung over a sofa will not look right. Neither will two small ones spread too far about. They will be out of balance.

As a rule of thumb, artwork should be placed no more than five to nine inches above a sofa and no more than seven to ten inches above a table. The placement of your artwork should also relate to its surroundings. As a guideline for proportion, one or more pictures (including mirrors or other wall décor) should cover about 2/3 of the wall space above the piece of furniture. For example, if you have a 6 foot wide sofa, plan on a single picture or an arrangement that is about 4 feet wide and centered above the sofa.

Always experiment with different arrangements and combinations of pictures before starting to hang any of them.

There are two ways to arrange pictures: Symmetrical and asymmetrical. Symmetrical groupings create a more formal feeling while asymmetrical arrangements are more casual. Items that are the same or similar in size, shape, and/or other attributes lend themselves to symmetrical arrangements -- one in which items are hung equally around a center line or point.

It is easier to create balance with a symmetrical grouping, but it is not difficult to balance an asymmetrical grouping either, although you'll have to rely on a bit of trial and error to create visual balance instead of a level and ruler or tape measure.

A grouping of pieces different in size, shape, color or other attributes will work better in an asymmetrical arrangement. Such a grouping should be hung so that the visual weight of the objects appears balanced. One way to do this without making a lot of unnecessary holes in your wall is to lay out the arrangement on the floor first, adjusting the grouping until you have arranged the items in the most pleasing (least lop-sided) way.

You could also trace the outlines of the items onto a roll of newsprint or inexpensive paper (that will contrast with your wallcolor) and arrange those on the wall with a hinge made of blue painter's tape on the back. (Other types of tape may remove paint from your wall.)

All photos on this page not otherwise attributed are used under license from Dreamstime.

Bird 2-Piece Wall Panel Set
Bird 2-Piece Wall Panel Set | Source

Decorator's Tip

If you are working with different size items, keeping the larger pieces on the bottom of the arrangement will anchor your arrangement and keep it from looking top-heavy.

Reposition the shapes until you are pleased with the arrangement and then use that as a guide for hanging the actual items.

A vertical arrangement will make a room appear taller and a horizontal arrangement will make it appear wider.

You might also want to consider hanging one larger item surrounded by a circle or rectanglular arrangement of smaller pictures. This type of arrangement is particularly effective for displaying a group of photos in a hallway.

Whatever arrangement you choose, frames and mats should complement both the artwork and your decorating style or theme.

A framed mirror can add dimension and light, and is especially effective when it reflects something beautiful, such as a window overlooking a garden or an indoor flower arrangement, for example.

Do not be afraid to hang artwork with a mirror as part of the group. Unless a mirror is large enough to look balanced on a wall by itself, you can keep the proportion pleasing by adding pictures next to or around the mirror.

Once you decide on an arrangement, start hanging from the center or largest item and then, if there is more than one item in the center of your arrangement, hang any that go above and/or below the central piece. Continue out, hanging items from top to bottom, until all of your pictures have been hung.

Whether you use picture hooks, molly bolts, toggle boths, picture nails, or some other method will depend on the type of wall construction and surface, so be sure you have the right type of fasteners available.

If your home is a rental, you may be restricted to non-invasive methods such as suspending frames from a railing or keeping your artwork lightweight enough to use magnetic or peel-and-stick types of picture hangers.

Variation of Apple Blossoms by Vincent Van Gogh
Variation of Apple Blossoms by Vincent Van Gogh

Pictures Perfect

Can't find the right artwork or other wall décor to hang?

See if one of these will work for you.

Selections will change frequently, so check back to see what's new.

Artwork shown here is Interpretation in Red Almond Blossom" by Vincent Van Gogh in a 3-piece canvas set. Below is Sunset in Venice by Claude Monet. Both are available at AllPosters in a variety of sizes and formats.

Sunset in Venice by Claude Monet (1840 - 1926).
Sunset in Venice by Claude Monet (1840 - 1926).
From Book Sold Below
From Book Sold Below

3. Become a Groupie

(No, not that kind)

Accessoriesare an important part of home decorating. They can make or break a room and are a great way to show off your collections and personalize your home décor.

However, don't over-do it. If you have a large collection, put some of it away and rotate the items. Group the items together in one place rather than spreading around throughout the house.

Think about every accessory you put in a room. You want it to reflect your personality and taste, but not look cluttered. Consider the scale of the items as well as their colors, purpose, and shapes. Group them in odd numbers or creative ways, but keep them together. Aim for a small grouping of your favorites and either pack the rest away, sell them, or donate them to charity.


4. That's Odd! Off-center is On-target

Unless your display is of Noah's Ark, avoid putting things in pairs. Odd numbers are far more interesting. A group of three or five items is usually better than two, four, or six.

Items that are different in shape, height, color, texture or some other dimension should be balanced, but that almost always means they should not be centered and spread out or lined up evenly in a straight line.

The third picture in the Picture This section, above, would not be as interesting if the lamp was removed and the flowers were centered in front of the mirror. By adding the taller lamp, and moving the flower arrangement to one side, the arrangement has balance and more interest. The lamp ties the grouping together and anchors it. Display your collections or objects grouped by color, material, or theme. Vary the heights, shapes, and textures for more interest.

5. Think Big -- Bigger IS Better!

Contrary to what many think, a small room decorated with small furniture is usually not the best way to go.

One larger (but not huge) "statement" piece -- such as an antique armoire, bookcase topped desk, or an overstuffed armchair with a carved wood frame -- will draw the eye and create an airier atmosphere than a lot of smaller scale furniture.

Start with your statement piece and arrange the other items in the room around it. For example, many smaller rooms often have a shelving unit against one wall, either freestanding or in the form of shelves attached to shelving strips affixed to the wall. Whether you use it for media and/or books, display, or other storage, replace the open shelves with an armoire to hold all of that "stuff" instead.

Perhaps angle the armoire in a corner of the room and arrange your seating and occasional tables to complement that. You'll be surprised how much better the space will look and feel.

See Focal Point for related information.

6. Of(f) Color: Avoid White Blight


Although white walls are very appealing to some of you, having no color on the walls often makes a room seem cold and uninviting. It also makes it very hard to decorate. If you must use pure white, use it for trim, fabric, or accessories with a color or even a light neutral shade on the walls.

White only works on a wall if you know how to use it -- and since that is a difficult thing to do, we do not recommend you try it yourself. And be sure to choose the right intensity of color. Do not rely on small paint chips as the color will look different on the wall.

Purchase a small amount of paint and try it first. Live with it a couple of days. View it at various times of the day and night since the color you choose may look different with different lighting conditions and with different colors adjacent to it .It is worth the slight extra investment to avoid spending many times more only to have it turn out darker or lighter than you expected.

Decorator's Tip

Do NOT hold your color swatches against a white wall. The appearance of a color will look different depending on what other colors are adjacent to it. You'll get a much better idea of how the color will look if you look at it next to your furniture, window treatments, or cabinets. It also helps to see a larger area of color and even the larger swatches sometimes available today may not be big enough.

Instead of putting the sample color on a wall, we suggest you completely cover a large piece of white foamcore board or posterboard with paint and look at it in different places in your room. If you are painting several rooms or want to make an accent wall a different color or hue, you can also paint another board with the different color and move them from wall to wall or even room to room and see which placement looks best.

With today's computer technology, paint stores can match almost any color you can find. You are not restricted to choosing colors available on paint chips. Expert paint stores can also make a color slightly darker or lighter - just be sure to check some dried paint to be sure it is what you want before you leave the store with your purchase.

Chandeliers With Decorative Impact

Chandeliers L to R: New Orleans 14-Light Crystal, Zelda Contemporary in Vintage Brass, Murray Feiss Stirling Castle, La Parra Tiered Spanish Gothic. Most available in different sizes, finishes, and colors.
Chandeliers L to R: New Orleans 14-Light Crystal, Zelda Contemporary in Vintage Brass, Murray Feiss Stirling Castle, La Parra Tiered Spanish Gothic. Most available in different sizes, finishes, and colors. | Source

7. Lighten Up in 3 Easy Steps

1. Lighting may be the most frequently overlooked element of home decorating. Besides the fixtures being design elements themselves, good lighting is related to function (as in task lighting, reading lights, etc.) and mood. Lighting should be chosen not only for the style and scale of the light fixtures but according to what the purpose of the room is and what type of ambience you wish to create. Dark rooms can be depressing and overly bright rooms can be harsh on the eyes and the nerves. Each room should have multiple lighting options, from a dimmer switch for the dining room chandelier to table and floor lamps near work and reading areas. Accent lighting can enhance your collections, artwork, or even your prize schefflera.


2. Along with the above, the most frequent lighting mistake in home décor is a dining room chandelier that is either too small (almost always) and/or hung too high. A dining room light fixture should be centered over the table and should not be flush or even semi-flush to the ceiling. It should hang above the table, with the bottom of the fixture no higher than 3 feet above the table. It should also be no smaller than about 9 to 12 inches less than the width or diameter of the table.

A table that is 4 feet wide and 6 feet long should have a chandelier that is 36 to 39 or 40 inches in diameter. A round table that is 5 feet in diameter (width across the middle) should have a chandelier that is no smaller than 48 inches in diameter. (For larger tables, my personal preference is to hang the chandelier even a little lower than 36" above the table as it makes it a more dramatic focal point). The chandelier should be on a dimmer (soft light is more flattering and conducive to dining) and don't forget the candles.

Bright Ideas For Table and Floor Lamps

From an accent to general and task lighting, there are a wide variety of fixtures and styles to complement your home décor. We have selected some of our favorite table and floor lamps below. Many of these styles come in both table and floor models, so if you like a style but the type you need isn't pictured, click on the info icon link to see the complete line.

L to R: Nova Matilda Floor Lamp, Nova Ventana Floor Lamp w/Tray, Meyda Tiffany Trillium & Violet Floor Lamp, Dimond’s Athena Torchiere, Dimond Lighting Farmhouse Floor Lamp & Kenroy Home Pisces Floor Lamp. Click "info" icon for more.
L to R: Nova Matilda Floor Lamp, Nova Ventana Floor Lamp w/Tray, Meyda Tiffany Trillium & Violet Floor Lamp, Dimond’s Athena Torchiere, Dimond Lighting Farmhouse Floor Lamp & Kenroy Home Pisces Floor Lamp. Click "info" icon for more. | Source

Decorator's Tip

A pair of smaller chandeliers, each hung over a night table in the bedroom is a favorite decorator trick. Hang the fixtures low enough to provide reading light and so they are in proportion to the room and furniture. Not only a different look but leaves the furniture tops clear for a book, clock, or other essentials

L to R: Meyda Tiffany Martini Mission Desk Lamp, Murray Feiss Antica Ceramica in Persian Turqouise, Meyda Tiffany Pond Lily 5 Lt Lamp, Uttermost Reggie Red Table Lamp, and Meyda Tiffany Diamond & Jewel Table Lamp. Click "info" icon to learn more.
L to R: Meyda Tiffany Martini Mission Desk Lamp, Murray Feiss Antica Ceramica in Persian Turqouise, Meyda Tiffany Pond Lily 5 Lt Lamp, Uttermost Reggie Red Table Lamp, and Meyda Tiffany Diamond & Jewel Table Lamp. Click "info" icon to learn more. | Source

3. Last but far from least -- Do not neglect the importance of sunlight (or the ability of ultra violet rays to fade furnishings and artwork). When thinking about room lighting you should also pay attention to the direction the windows of the room face, when it is likely to have the most sun, if you want the maximum exposure to that sun or it will be too glaring, if you want the light but not the UV exposure, or if you want to block the sun (in a media room or perhaps the bedroom of someone who works the night shift and sleeps during the day).

These things should all be considered when selecting the appropriate type of window treatments.

  • Do you need to filter light? (semi-sheers and similar types of curtains, uv blocking window films)
  • Block light? (light-blocking shades, blinds, and/or heavier draperies)
  • Create privacy? (opaque treatments, including shutters)
  • Not block a great view? (consider no window treatment or just a valance and/or easy-to-open styles)
  • Improve energy efficiency? (think thermal, shutters, energy saving window films)

All of these lighting-related factors should be considered in deciding on window treatments in addition to budget, lifestyle (Do you really want puddling drapes if you have pets), and taste preferences.

Lighting Essentials

Whether a reproduction of a historic period oil lamp, a halogen "high hat" hidden in the ceiling, or the latest in pendant track lighting, you also need to consider the type and size of lightbulb (flourescents are energy efficient but can provide harsh light), installing a dimmer switch for the main light source, the proportions of the lamp or fixture in relation to your furnishings, and especially the job you want the light to do.

Look for warm lighting and, for work areas, we find that full spectrum lighting is best, especially if you work with color like we do.

8. What's the (focal) Point? Every Room Needs One

A focal point serves as the focus or anchor for the design of a room. In other words, it is the glue that brings a room together and creates interest. Some may not be aware of what a focal point is and what it does for a room so their rooms either tend to have no focal point or to have too many. The result of either is the same - confusion.

Room with fireplace as focal point
Room with fireplace as focal point

So, what is a focal point? In general, it is the most dramatic element in a room. It is what your eye is drawn to when you first enter a room. It is attention getting and should be the center of attention of your décor.

The focal point can be a fireplace, a large picture window with a great view, or a headboard, entertainment unit or armoire. Furnishings should be arranged in relation to the focal point -- such as a conversational group around a fireplace. Other main elements in a room are arranged to face, frame, or be part of the focal point.

If your space does not have an architectural feature to serve as a focal point, you can create one by using, for example, a dramatic (in scale, style, color, design) piece of furniture, a sculpture, a striking painting on an easel or a picture hung on a wall.

Great Focal Points Anchor a Room

If your room doesn't have a focal point, you can create one as described above or you might want to consider arranging your room with one of the following as your focal point. We've personally selected each one for it's great look and special features.

Left to right: Bridgeport Computer Armoire by Riverside Furniture, GreatCo Rio Grande Series Mantel 34 In. Electric Fireplace/Bookcase, and Dimplex SMP-904-ST Fieldstone Pine and Stone-look Electric Fireplace Mantel. Click info icon to learn more.
Left to right: Bridgeport Computer Armoire by Riverside Furniture, GreatCo Rio Grande Series Mantel 34 In. Electric Fireplace/Bookcase, and Dimplex SMP-904-ST Fieldstone Pine and Stone-look Electric Fireplace Mantel. Click info icon to learn more. | Source

9. Stifle Those Yawns - Monotony is Boring and Tiresome

Matching furniture, everything the same color, an over-done "theme" room, the same fabric used everywhere (on furniture, windows, accessories, you-name-it). If your room looks like it came out of a store catalog and everything matches -- be it a "suite" of furniture, a color, or ruffles or a themed motif on everything, looking at the same thing all of the time is boring because it lacks interest and personality.

Sure that set of furniture or bedroom linens/curtains/lampshade ensemble looked great in the catalog or showroom. It is supposed to. They are trying to sell as much merchandise as possible and it worked as a sales tool because you bought it. But once you get it home, matchy-matchy becomes worse than wishy-washy. An overly matched room can also give the impression of being cluttered.

What to do? Break up the set. Swap pieces with items from other rooms -- maybe the bedroom nightstand would work as an endtable in the living room or the dresser (sans mirrors) could be used as a server or buffet in the dining room or against a foyer wall. List them on eBay or Craig's list and use the proceeds to find a more interesting replacement. Donate part of the set to charity and enjoy helping others (and the tax benefit).

You might also try painting one piece, changing the hardware, and maybe even add a marble, granite, tile, or Mosaic top to transform a standard piece of furniture into a fun, artsy, unique item. Decoupage and other techniques can also be used. Items in a room should coordinate and create a balanced, complementary look while serving as functional parts of your home but items that look like they came out of the box will make you feel like you are living in one. Think outside the box.

10. Flying Carpets Belong in Fairy Tales

Rugs are not supposed to float or fly except in fairy tale air space. Rugs that are too small are not only hazardously easy to trip on, they float in the middle of a floor, break up a room and are distracting. Before you decide on a size for a rug, use blue painters tape to outline where you want the rug to go.

A rug should anchor the furniture. If a seating arrangement, at least the front feet of the furniture should rest on the rug. You do not want a "floating" coffee table.

Similarly, do not put a too-small rug under the dining room table and have the chairs float around it. It should be large enough for the chairs to fit on as well so that the furniture is both physically and visibly connected.

BTW, that's not the only problem with the room in the large photo above. Can you identify the others?

A room-size area rug should have a 9 to 12 inch border of floor showing between the rug and the wall.

If you want to cover the entire floor, you probably should consider wall-to-wall carpeting instead.

If you are using a room-sized area rug, it should be large enough to tuck under the edges of any furniture around the room, such as servers, or china cabinets.

If you already have one that it is too small, use it somewhere else.

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      Chazz 11 days ago from New York

      Glad you found our hub useful. Thanks for letting us know and best of luck in your new home!

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      Kristine 13 days ago

      Great timing. I needed to see these key rules again. Most of the 3600 sq ft house we just purchased is Shasta white, tons of windows, french doors, fireplace, skylights, spotlights etc..... a huge challenge to make warm and more homey. Almost too many focal points in competition!

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      Paula 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Kathleen, i am seriously impressed with the talent of interior design/decorating. It always amazes me how one can stand in a room, look around and literally "see" what should and can be done. To have an exquisite photo in mind and know precisely how to set out to create it before their eyes, to me is a mind-blowing ability.

      I know many people study this for years and become professionals with this as a lucrative career. I believe the natural gift comes from within and for these born designers, the beauty & perfection simply flows easily.

      IMO, like so many other God-given talents, I believe you've either got it or you don't. I don't, but I try like heck! Thank you for this interesting read. Paula

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      Chazz 2 years ago from New York

      Thank you so much for your kind comment and for the pin. Appreciate it.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      All of these suggestions are so helpful. Where to hang the picture, not bright enough lighting and wall colors ... we did pick colors that were softer tones at least and they worked well. My favorite color was called wedding cake and no matter what you put in the room, it took on that color and was perfect. I try not to put my seating furniture up against the walls unless it is a reading or specialty corner. Pinning this.

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      Chazz 3 years ago from New York

      @kerstinstarzer: Haven't blocked a window but have solved a similar problem with pocket doors taking up most of the space on 2 walls by placing a large bookcase on one side of the doors and hanging a portiere (doorway draperies) on the other side over the closed doors. You could do something similar with windows if you don't need the light but be sure to leave a nice window treatment in the window first so it looks good from the outside too.

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      Chazz 3 years ago from New York

      @ladyhenry: It doesn't have to go in the middle - sometimes just angling it in a corner is enough. Or perhaps you could try two loveseats instead of a sofa? We're available for consultations if you want specific advice. Thank for visiting.

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      kerstinstarzer 3 years ago

      I have soooo many windows in my house ( which is great for light) but we can't put any furniture along the walls bc we will block windows... This really impacts storage. Do you have any instances where you block/partially block windows with furniture? Thx!

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      ladyhenry 3 years ago

      I have a small home. My house has a great room. Part of it is dining the other is living room. to put a sofa in the middle makes it very difficult to get around. My furniture has to go by the wall.

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      hanadi-hanadi 3 years ago

      Don't use large tiles in assymetrical rooms... the weirdness of the asymmetry is enhanced by multiple times!

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      Chazz 3 years ago from New York

      @blestman lm: This might provide a solution for you:

      Cost effective, removable, easy to do, and reusable.

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      blestman lm 3 years ago

      My decorating pet peeve is having a place that has nothing but white walls. i love color and light (and a little disorganization)

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      Donna Cook 3 years ago

      Terrific lens! Guilty of the floating rug.

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      Great lens, we are doing the interior decoration for our new home this months! This is really helpful :)

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      teelover 3 years ago

      Really great and useful tips!

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      LluviaDeArte 3 years ago

      I really really love this. Offers true relief and tips you can really apply, more than that this is a mini bilble of decorating. Thank you for putting it together so so well!

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      LouisaDembul 3 years ago

      I just splashed out on red curtains for the living room, and I take great pleasure in them. will keep your tips in mind when hanging the pictures.

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      umbrella-bagger 3 years ago

      Fantastic Lens! You've just inspired me to completely rearrange my bedroom though..

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      ehomedesignidea1 3 years ago

      Really great tips!

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      VineetBhandari 4 years ago

      No doubt, you deserve to be Squid angel for Home Décor :)

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Mine is new apartment building that wire all kitchen and bathroom (and bedroom) ceilings with those new fluorescent fixtures. The light is too low and too glaring for me.

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      Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      I don't think I have a decorating pet peeve. I know what I want and I'm very peculiar with the colors I choose in paint. I have a color in my head and will look as long as it takes to get it right and if I can't find it I make it.

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      JoshuaJDavid 4 years ago

      Good idea for a lens. I've bookmarked it so that I can follow up on it when doing my upstairs.

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      johnny-knox 4 years ago

      Great lens! Very useful!

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens, I love reading home decoration tips and idea.

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      I just stopped back to bless this terrifically useful lens. :)

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      Othercatt 4 years ago

      My pet peeve is painting. I recently renovated our house and the biggest nightmare was choosing the paint. I knew the colors I wanted but getting those colors was almost impossible. The apple red kitchen I wanted ended up looking more like the red of a hookers lipstick. And even though the grey looked light enough on the sample sheet, it was 10 times darker on the living room walls. Using your tips would've saved me a lot of time, frustration, and money.

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      TheCandle LM 4 years ago

      I love that you started the lens with understanding that decorating can be very intimidating. You broke into down and made it easy to understand. Thanks! Great ideas. Do you use many of these tips in your own place?

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      Rosanna Grace 4 years ago

      Lots of very useful information here. The picture hanging tips will come in handy for me as I'm just about to dress some freshly painted walls with new prints.

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      Frischy 4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I am also working on decluttering my home. There is entirely too much stuff in here! It is impossible to decorate a house that has become a storage facility.

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      Some very good tips here, I see several that should be acted upon in our house. I know that my wife's biggest peeve would be de-cluttering but I have so many hobbies and interests, LOL

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      Robert Zimmerman 4 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      My #1 would be de-cluttering the place FIRST but that's only because I need to do it so badly. Great Lens!

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      @Brandi Bush: Thanks so much! Best of luck with your remodeling.

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      clouda9 lm 4 years ago

      My eclectic styling is not all wrong...woohoo! Thanks for the extra tips, especially #4 and #9. Congrats for being one of Squidoo's favorite lenses of 2012! (

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      Brandi 4 years ago from Maryland

      I have no natural decorating instincts, so I really rely on the internet for ideas and tips. This is the best page I've seen for learning all of the "rules" of decorating...I think I've broke every one of them! Bookmarking this page as we are remodeling our entire home over the next year. Congrats on being one of Squidoo's favorite lenses for 2012!

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      dawnsnewbeginning 4 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love this lens ... I'm buying a house in a year or two and this lens will become really hand than. I actually printed down all your tips and save them. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      Great tips and advice, decoration is related with many factors, and taste, and an artistic eye... but you gind universal tips which are very important. Come back to Blessing!

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      tophatpro 4 years ago

      Loving this lens. We just helped re-decorat my grans livingroom and we applied a number of the fixes that you've mentioned. I can't believe how much stuff people can collect over the years!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Excellent decorating tips! Very informative lens! Thanks for sharing with us!

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      entetrix 4 years ago

      Wow, that is a really complete lense! More like a book! Great work.

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      crstnblue 4 years ago

      Great Christmas decorating ideas, complex and informative! Thanks for sharing!


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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      These are very helpful tips. Thanks.

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      neotony 4 years ago

      congrats on the purple star. it's so nice that you were awarded for a helpful lens that helps people! kudos!

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      montanatravel52 4 years ago

      Our fam (hubby and 2 kids) just moved into our 1st house and these tips are perfect, thanks so much, I need them:) I really like your "using cardboard" tip for furniture!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have an awkward shaped room that has a fireplace at one end, so close to the corner, with sliding glass doors beside it. The room is long and narrow and is a decorating This is a great resource for avoiding decorating mistakes. Bookmarked for future reference.

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      MaggiePowell 4 years ago

      Thanks... I learned a few things that I can use

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      Freestuffer LM 4 years ago

      Nice lens you have here. Interesting!

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      Entrance Mats 4 years ago

      I'm also an avid DIYer, thanks for the tips!

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      Aquamarine18 4 years ago

      Very nice lens. I love decorating and DIY projects in my home and found your ideas very helpful

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

      I think that I've made a few of these and didn't know it. No wonder some of my rooms don't seem to be put together. Great lens and tips. Blessed.

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      Wow! Great tips! Thank you so much for sharing! Found your lens on Google when looking for tips on dining room table / chandelier placement.

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      IncomeFromHomeT 4 years ago

      Great tips here! I don't think you missed anything, except maybe . . . cats. I love artful arrangements, and they're both minimalists. They push stuff off the tops of my tables and onto the floor! Which is what started my love of glass fronted cupboards . . .

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      No, but I think I made every one of these at least once.

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Great lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      wonderful lens! Thanks for sharing such beautiful tips.

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      johnsja 4 years ago

      Love the paint color cheat sheet!

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      eccles1 4 years ago

      Wow ! Thanks for all your great tips.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens. Very beautiful! I fell in love with the chandeliers.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my decorating pet peeve is too matchy matchy. Just because you have one large candlestick on the fireplace does not mean you have to have another one just like it on the other side. Try a vase of small flowers with a candlestick smaller.

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      NewUsedCarsSacramento 4 years ago

      Great tips...these are some of the minute mistakes that you have mentioned here. Thanks!

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      Kay 4 years ago

      I cannot even begin to tell you how much I appreciate these tips. I'll be coming back to this page as we begin remodeling. Thank you! Blessed!

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      Rosyel Sawali 4 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Great tips! I'm taking notes. I definitely need to work on a few rooms in my place. Thanks for sharing these tips! ^_^

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      olmpal 4 years ago

      Great tips! I'm guilty of a Lighten Up mistake! I have my hung too high! Thanks for this helpful lens! Beautiful photos too!

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      MimayManalo 4 years ago

      nifty designs.. the lens was so helpful, creative ways were very unique :)

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      Wonderful lens. We recently purchased a new home so I'll be using some of your tips.

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      Karen Kay 4 years ago from Jackson, MS

      Really great and sensible, easy to do tips. Thanks so much! Great Lens! Blessed

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      Great article with lots of useful advice. My pet peeve is pictures hung too high, especially since I'm short..

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      LoriBeninger 4 years ago

      Informative and well presented. I hope to avoid all of these pitfalls -- and thanks to you, I have a fighting chance!

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      Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

      Great basic tips and very well done lens.

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      @anonymous: It is fine to use one color scheme throughout the house, but I would vary it from room to room or area to area. For example, you might have teal cabinets in the kitchen and a teal rug and accessories in the sitting room area. You could create a sponge paint effect with the colors on your bathroom wall. One bedroom could feature the neutrals with teal accents and the other could be the reverse. You could also consider painting a bedroom ceiling in teal. If you have a chair rail or can add one, using one color above and another below is another way to vary the color use. If you keep it interesting and the colors balanced, using the same color scheme can open up a small space and really tie everything together. And don't forget to add some prints or patterns to keep it interesting.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a very small house (670sq ft - sitting room/kitchen, two bedrooms, and bathroom). Would it be awful to have one color theme throughout the house?

      I am not a "color" person. I love neutal colors. I'm thinking about brown, tan, baige, and teal as my colors.

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      CanvasArtPrint LM 5 years ago

      Some great tips there, thanks.

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      @anonymous: Hi Gail- If possible, my first choice would be to move the chandelier so it is centered (even if it has to be swagged to do that). I'd need more info about where the chandelier is in relation to the table to answer the rest of your question, but it may help to use two or three smaller pieces instead of one centerpiece to balance the chandelier but in other cases it might be best to just ignore the off-centered chandelier -- can't say without seeing it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Where does one place a centrepiece, candles, etc., when the dining table and the chandelier above it do not line up?

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      @MrAdvice LM: Wallpaper is always "in" for historic décor, which is our specialty (see Personally, I am fond of wallpaper but do use paint in some rooms - it depends on the look you want. I don't believe in going with what is "in" just because it is popular. I do believe in going with good design, new or old, which is timeless.

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      MrAdvice LM 5 years ago

      Love the lens. How do you feel about wallpaper? Out of in?

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      Cyberwing 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Thank you for sharing great tips

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      Go-Modern 5 years ago

      Great lens! Bookmarked for later use...

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      I really learned a lot from reading your page. (I am now taking an inventory of my living quarters to see where I can make some improvements.) Thanks for the great info!

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      Back again to help keep this lens up where it belongs, love this. I am not much of a decorator so reading this is inspiring...if not me. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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      lynnasafriend 5 years ago

      Great lens, thank you for sharing :)

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      Excellent lens. Really good ideas. I love to décor, I take room by room.

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      @One-A-Day LM: Thank you.

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Thanks for the suggestion. Done.

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      wolvyz 5 years ago

      I really admire your tips for interior decorating. I just managed to skip a couple of mistakes thanks to you. I am actually in the process of designing my room.

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      TopFiveBestDeals 5 years ago

      EXTRAORDINARY lens!!! wow! thumbs way up...

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      Rymom28 5 years ago

      This is a great one stop, tips and more, decorating dos and don't lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love stepping into decorating tips lens. You know what its about, what is not, and you have flair for designing and painting a picture of "a great chat room" on Squidoo. LOL Woot! :D

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      Very wonderful points made here - good job on the lens. Thanks!

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      One-A-Day LM 5 years ago

      Oh My Goodness - Your Lens on interior decorating is like a book and is incredibly helpful. My sister just bought a house two blocks over from where I live and will be moving in 3 weeks from now. We're both "itching" to get started on decorating. I'll send her the link to this lens.

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      markadamdouglass 5 years ago

      Some interesting thoughts :-)

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      dave-sutton 5 years ago

      I wasa graphic artist for many years and used to work between the designers and the shop floor that made the furniture. This is a brilliant Lens and gives so much good advice. I used to see so many called interior designers who did not have the first idea. Maybe they should have read your articles

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Really great lens. Love the glass accessories.

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      fitnessjunkie8 5 years ago

      This lens is BRILLIANT. I am now getting up from my chair to critique all 4600 square feet of my living First thing to go is anything in pairs!

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      amythomson187 5 years ago

      Wow, great lens... i can see a lot of work has went in to this :) thanks Amy x

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Really great decorating or redecorating tips!

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      *Angel Blessed* I love the lens. You give awesome decorating advice and lovely photos to help the viewer visualize what you are talking about. Just a wee bit of advise. The only thing I would consider adjusting is the rows and rows and rows of Amazon lighting links. Break up the modules to be easier on the eyes with either content or large images.

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      Your lens is great!

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      @Anna2of5: Hi Anna - please check your email for my response - sent it via your contact button.

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      Anna2of5 5 years ago

      Bookshelves, i have three in my oddly shaped living room (helps to make the space make sense) but they are full of books. I gave away some books recently, but don't want to do that a lot. I have tall ceilings so I use the very top of the bookshelves for display space. it mostly works. I'm currently a homeschooling mom, and a reader collector of books. i have some with autographs by authors :D. also my china cabinet is my display space for precious 3-D art that my children have made over the years. i don't want to look at my dishes all the time i know what they look like, but the collection of art has grown over the least few years ( I have 3 artistic/inventive children) Would it be blaphemous to get a set of barrister bookshelves ( you know the ones with movable glass fronts-to prevent dust) for this purpose-to spread out the art a bit? that's an idea I've entertained for years now. i also have lots of homemade art by all of us in the family on one wall of the dining room. You don't see it as you walk in to the dining room because its behind the viewer when they walk in. I also might want to paint the ceiling in the dining room peony pink :) i guess I'm eclectic/India influenced cottage :).Its kinda wild but it works so far. My breakfast nook is bright red from the chair rail up. It's a very happy little room :D. I could use some new ideas on curtains too. I love sheer panels in layers for diffused light.

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      MarcellaCarlton 5 years ago

      I have been guilty of some of these. I really learn a lot. Thank you for a great lens.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      I love this article and so does Harmony, the tabby. You have addressed all of the problems that afflict most people's décor. Kudos on a perfect job!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      Great tips - I love the idea of outlining the spot for an area rug with blue tape!

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      This is a great lens. I really enjoyed it. Blessed!

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      mytortoisemind 5 years ago

      Really useful tips here, thanks.

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      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      These are all great to learn from. Thanks for sharing your wisdom :)

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      gressaaudrina 5 years ago

      great info!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      fireplace mantel

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      tricomanagement 5 years ago

      nicely done

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      Helpful tips.

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      UdeyJohnson 5 years ago

      Some great ideas in here. Nicely done. Thanks.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens, Send Angel duet on you way. Usually the interior design reflect our personality, but this doesn't mean that we stop learning and improving.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Yup.. you definitely got one .. pictures hung too high.. :) So many people make that mistake! Blessed!

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      cathywoodosborn 5 years ago

      Oh, I so love this lens! What a great source of really helpful information for those of us who are challenged in the area of home décor. Thanks!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Excellent lens! I love the ideas you've presented. I'm one who wishes there was only one shade of green, blue, yellow, etc as I hate picking colors! Blessed.

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      I wish there were a "Love" button and not just a "Like" button for this lens! So many fabulous tips and so much wonderful and useful advice! Thank you for sharing so much of your professional knowledge with your fellow Squids!

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      reyange 5 years ago

      Great tips! I am decorating my new home so I need all the help I can get since I am clueless

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      Rooms need a focal piece (you covered it). Keep it simple is my motto - I try to keep clutter to a minimum. Great lens, good to see a purple star on this.

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      webstudio2ucom 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Do not be afraid to experiment. Do not be afraid to change everything again and again. only to find there is a real buzz. Thanks for the lens

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      webstudio2ucom 5 years ago

      @goo2eyes lm: Do not be afraid to experiment. Do not be afraid to change everything again and again. only to find there is a real buzz. Thanks for the lens

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      Kowgirl 5 years ago

      This is a 1 to 10. Very interesting I have found that what looks good on the showroom floor doesn't always look good in the home. It never seems to fit right or looks darker or lighter. Takes up more space than it seems to at the store. Thanks for all the decorating tips.Maybe I need to carry a measuring tool with me next time I shop.

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      BestLaminateInc1 5 years ago

      I loved your lens! I've got to go home and make some changes!

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      Thrinsdream 5 years ago

      I trained to be a painter and decorator when I was 19, never used it and can honestly say I am hopeless now! However, I do have a good eye for Persian rugs (way more fun). Great lens and thank you about the hanging pictures bit, I have made a few faux pas there myself. Ace lens. With thanks and appreciation. Cathi

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      houstonbizguy 5 years ago

      this so great. this just helped me a lot in planning to redesign my living room. thanks a lot.

      Houston Window Replacements

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      just beautiful. i like how you presented your lens. angel blessings.

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      DeannaDiaz 5 years ago

      You totally nailed this topic! No wonder its your top lens!

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      PoetFlow 5 years ago

      Great lens!!! We're in the process of re-decorating our current home and these tips are most handy. They'll also help a lot when we move into our second home (new penthouse) this July. I've been stumped for ideas, now I have a good reference guide :-)

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      rangiiria 5 years ago

      I'm an avid follower of interior design. Thanks for the design tips :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      gr8 lens... with lots of info

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      SarahHappens 5 years ago

      My problem has always been "furniture creep," meaning furniture creeps into the house and you get used to it, then one day you wake up and wonder why everything feels so crowded. The furniture that creeps in is hand-me downs, furniture from an aunt, shelving units and drawers we bought to store stuff we don't really need anyway, etc, etc. Sometimes it's hard to get rid of stuff that belonged to your parents or that you have some sort of emotional attachment to.

      Great lens, thanks for all the easy-to-apply ideas! - S

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      mary lighthouse15 5 years ago

      Full of information right here! Im so glad I found this lens. Thanks for sharing!

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      TheBaseballCoach 5 years ago

      Some really great decorating tips here. I will have to take a close look at the rooms in my house and make some changes.

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      lots of great tips here, wonderful page, Blessed!

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      I like the 'Odd' and 'Groupie' suggestion. Its very fresh!

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Very informative and useful. Exactly what I needed right now. In Arizona, I use the Winter and Spring for reorganizing and decorating, too hot the rest of the year! Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      Just want to add a heartfelt Thank You for all of the wonderful comments - Great to know you found this page useful and really appreciate your taking the time to let me know!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Still a delighted angel returning to congratulate you on front page honors...wish I could bless it again but those angel blessing don't wear out in a week! Excited for you!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      ---Chazz, you've created a beautiful page with many wonderful suggestions. I've bookmarked it so that I can try to apply some of them and make my house look prettier. Thank you so much!

      Congratulations on making the front page!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My family just moved into a new home this past summer. It's larger than our last home and everything is painted and floored in tan. Underfurnished and sans curtains and rugs, it's a blank slate. I read this hoping for ideas. Thanks, now I have plenty.

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      I despise rooms with too little or too much colour.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love the way you explained all of this. We're building a house and I'm struggling with what furniture to buy and how to arrange it. It's very hard for me to "see" and arrange furniture in a room on graph paper. I will use your advice and try to apply the great ideas in my head to the real thing. Thanks!

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      Really great informative lens, I have learn a lot with this lens. Thanks!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Congrats on your front page feature. I am returning to sprinkle some angel dust (the only good kind of dust when decorating). I'm getting ready to purchase a hanging candleabra, so I especially appreciated the module on appropriate sizing and location of chandeliers. Thanks! Very nicely presented.

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      I am a decorating mistake. I always have clutter. I admire people who can put only a few things on a shelf. I always have them crammed full. But I hate white walls. Who came up with that idea? And sickly greens. I love color and if I actually owned a house it would be painted with cheerful colors. My RV has lots of blue in it and it is very peaceful.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very nice lens. I love information on decorating. (HGTV seems to have changed to more of buying and selling house station, than decorating-- I miss the old programs) Thanks for doing this.

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      CherryTriggerCola 5 years ago

      Good advice!

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Great advice.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How very excellent! You have a tip for everything and you even take time to add a bit of humor here and there which definitely adds to the avoiding decorating mistakes theme here...I am not doing Noah's Ark and will stay away from pairs and I will be a "groupie"! Blessed by a delighted Squid angel!

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      cdevries 5 years ago

      Some really good advice! I love the suggestion to use cardboard boxes to mock-up a piece of furniture before you buy it.

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      MariaMontgomery 5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Love this lens. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I started to read this last night and didn't get the chance to finish reading it, I am a mad decorator and I loved these tips, I love decorating and trying all sorts of things in my own home. I loved the lens

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      ViJuvenate 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens. I wish I had that creativity I see on TV all the time. Some designer gets 1000 dollars and makes the entire house look fabulous. Thanks for the tips to use until then!

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      Excellent lens! Especially helpful since we've just moved into a new home and have yet to furnish much of it. Liked the info about having a large "statement" piece in a smaller room, using rugs to anchor and not "float," considering the focal point and use of the space, etc. Am bookmarking this lens for future reference!

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      OMG.. I confess that I actually stink as a decorator. You would think as an artist that I would shine in that but I don't. Sometimes ya just have to face it so I do, lol. I leave all the decorating up to my husband who decorates in Asian. Thumbs up lens and angel blessed.

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      FernLady 5 years ago

      Great information and loved the lens. I don't know of anything you missed. Now I have to find a place for my floating rug and matching furniture. My decorator friend moved so now I will bookmark this lens for reference.

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Poor seating arrangement making conversation uncomfortable or difficult and no table on which to place the offered tumbler or cup of tea.

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Fabulous tips for avoiding mistakes in decorating, many thanks for sharing :)

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I love decorating and actually learned a lot here, VERY well done. Fvae pic is the colorful collectible jars, gorgeous. Now I gotta go move mine around. :-)

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      This is an excellent guide I'm bookmarking it to refer to in the future.

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      prhammock 5 years ago

      Very good tips and the one that I was looking for without knowing it (something felt wrong but I couldn't put my finger on it, is the odd one - avoid putting things in pairs.

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      Kumarastylez 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this information with us. I am planning to move. So now at least i know what to do not! Thumbs Up.

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      MelissaInTheSky 5 years ago

      Wow! Tons of great information here. You created a really thorough lens!

      Thanks for sharing your wisdom. :)

      And thanks, too, for liking my OWS lens.

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      termit_bronx 5 years ago

      This lens is awesome! thank you for the decorating mistakes. I'll sure watch how I'll decorate my apartment! :)

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      e-xplorations 5 years ago

      This lens definitely deserves an applause. Great lens you got here. After reading your 10 interior decorating mistakes, I began to have a different perspective looking towards my kitchen, my room and the whole expanse of my home.

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      JennySui 5 years ago

      Good writeup on top 10 interior decorating mistakes. Great lens!

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      Arelyn77 5 years ago

      You have a unique idea and it helps me big. I love decorating most specially in art like painting and designing. Putting an art in a wall is sometimes the hardest part of decorating. Like your Lens.:')

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Very good tips. I'm not good at decorating .. I leave that to my husband but you definitely have some very interesting points and maybe I'll try a few of your suggestions and see how it goes.

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      Candlemakingsup 5 years ago

      Thank you for liking my lens! Going through and liking a bunch of yours now!!! Smiles!!

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      Gerald McConway 5 years ago

      Some great tips here. Not being on that is naturally gifted at this sort of thing, these tips will go a long way, thanks!

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      So much to learn! Thanks for the education.

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      JanisDawn 5 years ago

      nice lens, good tips

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      Wow! what a really informative lens! Putting plastic plants and flowers can be a bit tacky too. Great compilation of tips. Learned a lot!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      No other decorating faux pas, your lens pretty much covers all that I can think of .. good job!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Wonderful advice! Fantastic work on this!

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      @LakeMom: Generally, it would depend on the type of décor and personal preference. I'd go for whichever length balances and complements your décor. You can choose from to-the-sill, to-the-floor, or puddled. You can also use tension rods to use a "stretch" curtain inside the window frame. I often use these starting about 1/4 of the way down from the top of the window and add a glass shelf for plants across the top. If you would like to send me more details and photos of your room, contact me via the link on my bio page and I'll be happy to provide a more specific answer. (We also do consultations via email on an hourly basis.) Thanks for asking.

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      basementideas 6 years ago

      Pretty nice and informative topic about decorating. This makes a good sense specially if you are just starting to make decorating your new home and you want to DIY it.

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      LakeMom 6 years ago

      Great tips! I would like to know more about drapery length/style for different rooms. I go to the stores and I just get confused! Thanks for all the other tips!

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      Wow. This is big! Not in length but in sense- very professional advice. Loved it and bookmarked it to return for more.

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      My husband will always hang a wall frame too high. Thanks for this diy presentation. I know some these I can use right now.

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      BeyondRoses 6 years ago

      The length of drapes, or lace comes to mind. Years ago, it seemed, they were supposed to just brush above the floor. Victorian catalogs show them "draped" on the floor, which I have tried ... not anymore, collects too much dust. So many splendid tips!

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Thanks for all the great tips. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      grandma deal 6 years ago

      Great tips. Now I'm looking around my room thinking...hmm. New paint, a rug. It could look better. Thanks for sharing.

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      efriedman 6 years ago

      lots to learn here!

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      AbhinavB LM 6 years ago

      I must admit, there are some mistakes I made during my home decoration!! Great Info thanks...

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      Sojourn 6 years ago

      I was afraid to open this page because I was sure I'd find I'd made most of these mistakes and I was right. I'm a self-proclaimed designer's nightmare. We paid extra to have all the walls in our home painted a soft brown because we knew we'd never get around to painting them ourselves. I haven't hung more than a couple of pictures. My furniture is against the wall. But you've given some neat ideas for making some improvements. Nicely done!

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      Ah - wish I could let you loose in my apartment for a week hehehe

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      Heatherseesthel 6 years ago

      Wow, so many good suggestions! I especially appreciated the focus on lighting and color. So many people think about how to fill a space with things and not about the value of negative space. Thanks for the great lens! Affordable Lamps

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      Well truth be told my whole house is probably a "decorating mistake" is my weakest area as far as being a "homemaker" goes, but we're cozy. Have to read your pages and learn a thing or two.

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      ePharmacist 6 years ago

      Thanks for such a wonderful explanation. After reading your lens i am feeling that along with pharmacist i am also an interior designer :)

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      learned some new ideas from your lens. thanks for the useful tips. very informative lens.

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      scss 6 years ago

      These interior decorating tips are great, and you are spot on with the biggest decorating mistakes that most people make! I'm a big fan of angling furniture, and not pushing it all against the walls. Big Thumbs Up from me for a very helpful and informative lens.

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      gia combs-ramirez 6 years ago from Montana

      Great lens! Wonderful resources. Blessed!

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Nicely done & great resource. ***Angel blessed*** and featured on "My Life with Angel Wings" lens ... :)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Good information

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      Laurel Johnson 6 years ago from Washington KS

      I've never been much of a decorator. Everything seems so impossible to achieve.

      BUT, you really laid out some interesting, simple ways of making small differences

      to add charm and appeal. THANKS!!

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      Thank you all for the encouaging comments. Nice to know you found this lens helpful.

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      @pixelposy: Hi. there are options even with the desk cords. For example, if you own the place (as opposed to renting), you could have an electrician put an outlet where you want the desk to be and run wires under the floor or even through the desk (behind drawers but inside the casing) to hide them. Hmmm. May be another lens in there.....

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      These tips a prefect for someone like me, whose decorating skills are limited to making sure the bed is in the bedroom, the dining table is in the dining room, and the range is in the kitchen! I was especially interested in the tips about how many inches above a table or sofa to place a picture, and about not 'floating' the rugs.

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      Thank you this is just the lens I've been looking for. Favorited! I struggle with trying to not put things against the walls. We have 2 living rooms and one is used as our study. It's a big empty room with our desks lining one wall... It feels awkward to put anything in the empty space, but it looks so awkward with nothing there too...Moving the desks away from the walls though would result in tons of cords.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a really useful lense...:)

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      I can't think of anything else right now. You covered it pretty well.

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        Kathleen Cochran 15 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

        I used to dream of a living room where every thing matched. When I finally got one, I realized my living room looked like a doctor's office waiting room. Live and learn.

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        Chazz 2 years ago from New York

        Thank you all for the kind comments.

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        mythicpaint 2 years ago

        i like your blog..

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        BeagleSmile 3 years ago

        I've learned a lot about decorating. Usually I would just move things around in random places and it never looked right. Hopefully this will help me out in the future.

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        Bartukas 4 years ago

        very interesting lens

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        lesliesinclair 4 years ago

        This is a perfectly wonderful resource for future decorating.

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        alina nicoleta92 4 years ago

        Great information and thank you for sharing it with us:)

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        Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

        I would've blessed it if I could. Maybe later.

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        Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

        When I saw your reply on HQ, I looked at the featured lenses and I just knew that this one must be yours and I was right. I always love the useful information you provide.

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        Chazz 4 years ago from New York

        @MooshkaDaisy: Consider them a collection and group according to the advice in that section.

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        MooshkaDaisy 4 years ago

        Great lens! Any tips about arranging indoor plants in pots? I guess it's part of decorating?

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        JeffGilbert 4 years ago

        Great collection of tips and resources!! :)

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        momsfunny 4 years ago

        I enjoyed reading your lens. It is very informative. Great job!

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        Lynda Makara 4 years ago from California

        Great tips for decorating that everyone can use! I've done most of these myself but I especially like using cardboard boxes for furniture placement, and making paper patterns to arrange on a wall before hanging a grouping of framed art. Angel blessings!

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        June Nash 4 years ago

        I visited the Grand Hotel on Michigan's Mackinac Island. Each room of the hotel is decorated differently. They described it as each room being wrapped like a present, each unique. I have a couple of rooms I would like to decorate with that kind of feel. I found your tips very helpful. I especially like the cardboard boxes to simulate furniture pieces. I have used that technique for wall hangings using paper, but this is the first I heard to use it to mimic furniture. Great lens!

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        FatLossDiva 4 years ago

        I love this lens! The tip about arranging some large cardboard boxes to approximate the size of the furniture is especially helpful and timely for me. Thank you.

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        pumpum 4 years ago

        Great lens with a lot of useful information, I am gonna share this.

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        wahmshelley 4 years ago

        This is a really terrific lens that is jam-packed with great interior decorating tips...Thanks for writing this lens...I really love it!!!...

        WAHM Shelley... :)

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        GreenerDays 4 years ago

        I don't even want to admit how many of these mistakes I make!

        Thanks, I learned a lot... :)

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        Chazz 4 years ago from New York

        @anonymous: Thank you!

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Beautiful lens! I love interior decorating and trying new things so I can use some of this advice. Congrats on making the 2012 favorites list!

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        dawnsnewbeginning 4 years ago

        Love the color thing. It always getting me going.

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        sybil watson 4 years ago

        Ha, I knew I was right about not pushing my couch up against the wall! I can't tell you how many people have tried to "push it back" for me. Fabulous lens - I learned a lot.

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        fullofshoes 4 years ago

        Back again for a blessing refresher for one of my very favorite lenses. I refer to this often and have used quite a few of your tips. Happy New Year :)

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        KateHonebrink 4 years ago

        Chazz - GREAT article with common-sense tips that everyone can (and should) use. Love it!! Kudos!!

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        Rhonda Albom 4 years ago from New Zealand

        Brilliant page! Just added moving the furniture to my long list of things to do :) Love your tips, and struggle with one of them. Here is New Zealand, walls are white. In fact, the fashion is mostly black or white. When we went to sell our house the agent told use we should re-paint all our feature walls (just a touch of color, nothing obscene) back to white. So now, the walls are all boring again, but the house value is up. Also, really loved your tip of taping the rug area. Blessed.

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        Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

        Great decorating tips! Thanks so much!

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        rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

        I can finally bless your lens. :)

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        Vikki 4 years ago from US

        I am moving into my new home on Tuesday; these tips are awesome! I just did the 'focal point' with my living room this past week. Fell upon it actually accidentally; had no idea what I was doing. You brought it together for me in words. Awesome tips; I have bookmarked --so helpful to me right now. Thank you ;)

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        PestControlEasternSuburbs 4 years ago

        Great decorator's tip about putting an objects like cardboard boxes in the space where you intend to put something more permanently. Thanks, I'm going to try before I get the next piece of furniture for my place!

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        Josavich LM 4 years ago

        This is one skill I wish I had so many people make decorating look so easy.

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        dellgirl 4 years ago

        Thanks for sharing these Top 10 Interior Decorating Mistakes and How to Avoid Them. This is really awesome!

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        srsddn lm 4 years ago

        Great tips. Every tip can make a difference in the decorations of rooms.

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        Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

        Thanks for the tips. We are moving to a new home, and have to start decorating all over again.

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        KateH2 4 years ago

        Excellent lens with lots of useful information. I have bookmarked it as we are currently working our way around the house decorating room by room.

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        Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Just came back to give this my blessing.

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        TheBLU26 4 years ago

        Great lens with lots of helpful tips and info!

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        i Dia1 4 years ago

        Using patterns that don't go together is a common mistake, but that one is hard to learn. you either have an eye for that sort of thing or you don't. this was a great lens Thanks. I learned a lot.

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        Danielle 4 years ago from Australia

        Thank you for the fantastic advice, I'm re-doing my bedroom in the near future and this will be a huge help!

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        Edit Photos 4 years ago from Earth

        Nice lens - great collection of tips. Blessed!

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        indigomoth 4 years ago from New Zealand

        Such a fantastic lens. Will definitely be visiting again!

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        fanzyface 4 years ago

        You have give me some wonderful ideas. Thanks!:)

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        Essentially Ind 4 years ago

        Wow so neat and clean tip for planning and decorating home sweet home.............

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        BestMassageChairs 4 years ago

        what a brilliant lens - I can see how you snagged the Purple Star --- Very informative :)

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        Elaine Chen 4 years ago

        what an informative lens; thanks for your sharing

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        whiteskyline lm 4 years ago

        Very nicely done, you definitely helped a lot of people with this

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Awesome job, nicely done!

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        Trixiesmom2u 4 years ago

        Your tips were fabulous. Some I have never heard of but made so much sense, like stacking boxes where you plan to put an island, etc. thank you for sharing.

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        interesting lens!

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        Satha 4 years ago

        So much information! And all so helpful. Thank you, I will probably consult this the next time I'm moving furniture around!

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        Chazz 4 years ago from New York

        @Mandy Stradley: Thank you.

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        Chazz 4 years ago from New York

        @Elizahope: Glad I could help.

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        Chazz 4 years ago from New York

        @stevebrown75 lm: Thanks for visiting. Glad you liked it.

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        Chazz 4 years ago from New York

        @anonymous: Thank you, Tipi. Appreciate it.

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        vinodkpillai lm 4 years ago

        Amazing lens that got me thinking about the flaws (and strong points) in my approach to interior decoration. Thanks for sharing !

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Returning to congratulate you on top 100 honors and took the opportunity to vote in your plexos, either I missed them before or you've added them since I was here a little while back...its all good!

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        stevebrown75 lm 4 years ago

        Lovely lens..Thanks for sharing..Keep up the good work!!

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        Elizahope 5 years ago

        great lens, thank you! I now have some inspiration to decorate... (i don't know if it will last though!)

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        Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

        Great tips!

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        Prescriptiondrugrehab 5 years ago

        Very good lens, it kept me reading and gave some solutions to framing. Thank you

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        Chazz 5 years ago from New York

        @anonymous: As long as it is done with an eye toward balance, scale, and aesthetics, there are no "rules" against that and it can often make a wall arrangement more interesting - but be sure the frames are also complementary.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Can you hang an abstract painting in the same space with a more traditional looking painting with the same color sceme?

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        Chazz 5 years ago from New York

        @anonymous: Assuming your bathroom is most frequently in use with the door closed, I would hang your décor with it that way as long as it does not interfere with the door itself. For example,if a dimensional piece, you want to make sure the door does not hit it when opening. Consider the viewing angle also - from what point with the wall art be seen most frequently.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Bathroom door opens against the wall: is the wall that the bathroom door opens against figured in the centering of décor item?

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        steph-naylor 5 years ago

        Great lens!

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        Ajeet 5 years ago

        We have all made these mistakes. Thanks for putting them all together :)

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        Canvas-Art-Shop 5 years ago

        So many Squid Angels in one place! :)

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        EmergencyPrepar 5 years ago

        I got some great ideas from your lens. Thank you!

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        HealthyHappyDogs 5 years ago

        Beautiful lens, Chazz. There are lots of tips here that I didn't know, or needed reminding of.

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        WallDecals 5 years ago

        really nice lens...lots of tips and info, will read more of your lens, congrats on the purple star on this lens!

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        sheezie77 5 years ago

        Great lens! Well done

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        biggking lm 5 years ago

        thanks for the tips!

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        Keepingscore 5 years ago

        great lens, lots of information!

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        cheerfulshe 5 years ago

        great lenses - very impressive - thanks!

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        RocklawnArts 5 years ago

        Nice lens!

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        desa999 lm 5 years ago

        Fantastic lens with some much interesting content.

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        Loola 5 years ago

        Really insightful. I have a focal point, which happens to be the stylish cabinet, but I never knew it was called a focal point just some natural instinct that something has to stand out and be the centre of focus in my home. I have learnt a lot from this lens. Thank you!

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        MarcellaCarlton 5 years ago

        love it!

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        JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

        Enjoyed reading about the top decorating mistakes and your helpful tips to correct them. Blessed.

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        DecoratingMom411 5 years ago

        Thanks for sharing this, really useful.

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        DahliaValentine 5 years ago

        I love decorating (contemporary, clean lines is my style). This lens has some brilliant tips. Well done!

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        AustriaChick 5 years ago

        some great information. I'm trying to arrange an inherited home in Austria that is already full to the brim with family stuff. I think paring down is in order.

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        NatureLuver 5 years ago

        Too late. I'm already guilty of several.

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        gatornic15 5 years ago

        I am always looking for decorating ideas or tips. Thanks for sharing.

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        pyngthyngs 5 years ago

        I admit I have been afflicted with white blight in the past. Thanks for sharing some insight on brightening my days.

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        Julia Morais 5 years ago

        I have some pictures I was just about to hang on the wall. Thanks for the tip you gave about not hanging it up too high, cause I would have definitely made that mistake. :)

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        Tonie Cook 5 years ago from USA

        This page has helped me a whole lot. Thank you for sharing your information.

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        dellgirl 5 years ago

        What a great lens, its so full of helpful information. Thank you for sharing, I learned a lot here.

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        dwnovacek 5 years ago

        Oh dear.... you obviously put this lens together after visiting my home. I make every mistake! Thanks for putting your expertise out there for the those of us who really need the help. Angel Blessings!

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        EdwardCarr 5 years ago

        Great lense! Very informative! Thanks!

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        Chazz 5 years ago from New York

        @KateConn: Hi Kate- it really is a question of balance and proportion. Do you live alone or share the space with someone tall? Do you have high ceilings? I have hung pictures very low and high in some instances but it is usually to balance an architectural feature or add a certain touch of whimsy. I am about 6 ft tall and my 5 ft mother-in-law always complained that I hung my (eye-level to me) pictures too LOW as she always hung them way too high. Go figure. Bottom line: Do what you like and what looks good to you. After all, you are the one living in that space and you want to be able to enjoy your pictures.

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        Delia 5 years ago

        Another great lens! I have very eclectic taste and most of my decorative things are from all of the world, different from the norm...I can decorate for others but when it comes to my own house, I'm bad.

        from ~d-artist a Squid Angel Blessing~

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        KateConn 5 years ago

        Love these tips, although I'm ashamed to say I have fallen into some of these "what not to do" categories myself but now I can correct it! One question about hanging pictures- I had actually read the same tip about hanging pictures with the center at or about eye level and did that in my home. The problem is I'm 5 feet tall and my sister has criticized me and said that my pictures are all hung way too low on the wall. By "eye level" should I have assumed the average person's eye level and not necessarily my own? And if so, about how high should I be hanging pictures? Thanks!

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        savenlives 5 years ago

        love this lens, great tips!! Thanks!

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        girlfriendfactory 5 years ago

        You are full of great ideas! Thank you for sharing them! This is a terrific lens and it can be found among the other blessed lenses at Flyby Wingings They may call me an aimless wanderer, but not all who wander are aimless and I'm glad I wandered upon this! ~Ren

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        BethSmith 5 years ago

        This was an AWESOME lens...I usually am so lost and have lived in some unusual places and would have definitely benefitted from some of these tips...thank you!

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        lasertek lm 5 years ago

        Thank you for sharing.

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        fullofshoes 5 years ago

        Ohhhhh so timely and SO helpful. Wonderful lens. Just about to do a little rearranging!

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        aquarian_insight 5 years ago

        Excellent lens! I love decorating so loved your info and agree whole heartedly.

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        Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

        I'm glad to see that I'm not doing everything wrong. :D I do tend to push furniture up against the walls in some rooms, but at least it wasn't the livingroom. You had some good pointers here that I will consider in my decorating. I appreciate it.

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        jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

        I tend to have issues with what color furniture to bring back that would match the walls or vice versa. I have a tendency to put things against the wall just because it clears more space.

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        oxfordian 5 years ago

        Lovely and oh so helpful -- as always. Here's another blessing for you.

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        PhilRC 5 years ago

        Very good lens that will definitely help us right now.

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        AshAffiches 5 years ago

        by far one of the best lens here

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Great advice! Thanks for sharing! Great lens!

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        Ruthi 5 years ago

        Great room décor tips, especially for those like me who have no decorating genius at all. Thank you!

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        Rose Jones 5 years ago

        Ouch! I am sure that I have made all of these mistakes.

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        Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

        Fabulous lens! Great information and tips. Blessed :)

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        Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

        Excellent lens! You've covered a wide ranging topic logically and with flair. Exactly what we would expect in a superb lens. Squid Angel blessed.

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        Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

        Excellent lens on Interior Decorating Mistakes - Angel Blessed

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        DesignZeal 5 years ago

        Terrific lens, with so many useful informations! an entire interior decorating guide

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        KarenTBTEN 5 years ago

        Oh, I used to do the 'against the wall' thing. Not the' everything matches' one -- then I would have actually had to buy things. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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        Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        How well you have crafted this lens. Blessed.

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        bhthanks 5 years ago

        Thank you for sharing this information!

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        JoolsObsidian LM 5 years ago

        Great tips!

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        Chazz 6 years ago from New York

        Thank you to all for the great feedback and wonderful comments!

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        Chazz 6 years ago from New York

        @LoKackl: We are available for email consultations. You can contact us via our bio page for more info.

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        Chazz 6 years ago from New York

        @Bookmama2: Hi "Clueless"

        Having stripped more than my share of painted woodwork, I am reluctant to suggest applying paint over stained wood. That said, this is difficult to answer without seeing photos. All I can say for sure is that the door color does not have to match the walls or woodwork. If you contact me (link on bio page) and can send some photos, I'd be happy to take a look at them for a fellow squid. (For more extensive help, we are available for in-person or email consultations.)

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        Bookmama2 6 years ago

        Great tips. Do you have any advice for how to transition from one style or color of floorboard trim to another? We have dark stain floorboard trim that was throughout the house when we moved in. Some of it has gotten damaged and/or doesn't go with a color we have painted a room. Do we just use a new color on one side of the door and leave the dark trim on the other? Won't this look odd? Should the door color match the paint color, the dark stain color? Can it be yet a 3rd color?

        Just call me "Clueless in NY"

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        chris_triby 6 years ago

        Thanks for the squidlike on my lens. I was excited to see that you share some decorating interest! Clutter is the worst mistake people can make when decorating.

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        deanna6812 6 years ago

        Great, great advice! I am really guilty of the picture hanging faux-pas, I will admit!

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        I agree with you. I think that you really covered the mistakes very well. Love the monochromatic photo!

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        LoKackl 6 years ago

        Oh! my! would that I could bring you home with me! Beautiful page and so much advice I should follow!

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        sidther lm 6 years ago

        Very nice! I still need a rug- your lens has been very helpful in planning for one!

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        MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

        Thumbs up lens

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        CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

        Just a great all around lens... well organized, and easy to follow.

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        Brian Stephens 6 years ago from France

        Some pretty good tips here, thanks for sharing.

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        sorana lm 6 years ago

        Great tips and awesome lens. I love home decorating.

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        jackieb99 6 years ago

        Hmmm...I think I've avoided the mistakes!

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        Chazz 6 years ago from New York

        @Cinnamonbite: Hi. Thanks for writing. We are available for consultations :-)

        (and we actually do quite a few via email these days). Check our website and contact us if you'd like more info. Maybe we can even do a joint "before and after" lens for squidoo!

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        Cinnamonbite 6 years ago

        The problem I have, is that I can't find what I'm looking for so I just learn to ignore it. When we moved in, I couldn't find drapes for the living room. On year 5 now. At some point, it becomes silly to bother because we've gone all this time without. Hey, will you come finish off my living room?

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