5 Biggest Decorating Mistakes to Avoid

Here’s the most common decorating mistakes and their style-saving solutions.

Mistake: Stuffing Your Store Room to the Gills

It happens before you know it: the store room becomes a dumping ground filled to the brim with items you aren't ready to throw away or donate – yet, honestly, haven't used in years (and, probably, even forgot you owned).

Solution: Reclaim the Space

Let's be honest: A store room is a terrible thing to waste. Reclaim this valuable space by donating/tossing items you no longer need and installing a system of shelves, hooks and bins to turn your former dump into a family-friendly drop zone.

Mistake: A Cluttered Kitchen

The kitchen is truly the heart of most homes and the hub of family activity but all this activity can really cramp your kitchen's style. Piles of dirty dishes and countertops crowded with small appliances aren't appealing.

Solution: Minimise the Mess

Stay on top of dirty dishes by teaching your family to always clean up immediately after meals. Also, limit the number of appliances and other things you allow to pile up on the countertop. A potted plant or a vase of flowers are all you need to add a little colour and life.

Mistake: Choosing Style Over Comfort

Dining chairs' entire purpose is to be sat on – selecting dining chairs based solely on a trendy style – instead of comfort – is a definite no-go.

Solution: Opt for Comfy Chairs

Whether hosting guests or just enjoying a meal with your family, dining should be a time to unplug, relax and enjoy your meal. Encourage your dinner companions to linger a little longer with cushy, upholstered chairs.

Mistake: Ignoring the Foyer

The foyer is a terrific opportunity to make a statement about who you are and what your house is like. It doesn't have to be something grand – any statement is better than none at all.

Solution: Make a Statement

Use paint or patterned wallpaper to add colour, and hang a beautiful mirror or painting. A mirror is especially great because it reflects light and creates the illusion of more space. Use the horizontal surfaces to hold mail and keys when you first walk in.

Mistake: Too Many Photos

You're either a photo person or you're not. Photo people feel very sentimental and have a hard time giving up the pictures on their walls and tables.

Solution: Gallery Wall

Display your favourite photos in a gallery wall and switch them out whenever you'd like. You can organise the rest of your photos in albums by decade or event, and keep them nicely arranged on a bookshelf.