Decorating Tips On What Not To Do For Southwest Homes
16 Great Tips On How NOT To Decorate Southwest Homes
Decorating southwest homes for most Tucson home buyers is a new adventure. They’ve relocated with the excitement of living in their new southwest home but forgot they’ve moved from a part of the country that doesn’t have the southwest features.
In a recent article from HGTV they interviewed today’s hottest interior designer and identified 16 decorating mistakes found in southwest homes today. The identified decorating mistakes were:
Decorating southwest homes using cut to fit toilet rugs. (Often times seen with matching seat cover.) Big sanitary turn-off! Instead use a rectangular rug placed away from the toilet.
Decorating southwest homes using too many personal photos. Rule of thumb, group no more than 3 per area. Put the rest of your photos of family, friends and trips in a photo album.
Decorating southwest homes and forgetting to add a statement in your foyer about who you are and make your southwest homes statement. Add some southwest color, hang a piece of southwest art or a southwest mirror. Tucson is blessed with wonderful artists for your southwest homes.
Decorating southwest homes using out-of-place themes. Forget decorating an entire room with a theme. Instead only use accent pieces of what you like. When you have a home in the desert but love the beach, accent a bookshelf with a few seashells instead of an entire beach-style room.
Decorating southwest homes using outdated accessories. Make small changes like switching out the hardware on your cabinets. It makes a big impact!
Decorating southwest homes by keeping something you hate. When it comes to your home, like the ugly contractor grade light in your bathroom, get rid of it by donating it to charity. Habitat for Humanity will even pick up your items for free; besides, it’s a great cause.
Decorating southwest homes while having visible clutter. Unsightly clutter and disorganization are all contributors to a stressful life. Invest in some stylish storage units and put the stuff away.
Decorating southwest homes when everything matches. This style might be found in a catalog but it’s designed that way to sell furniture; people don’t live that way. Make your southwest home more eclectic and not like a showroom you can’t live in.
Decorating southwest homes with furniture that doesn’t fit. Remember showrooms are much larger than your living or family room. Draw the room you’re decorating to scale and place the pieces around for the best layout. Don’t put too much in any space!
Decorating southwest homes and the area rug is floating. Big mistake! Before you purchase a rug, tape off the area you want covered. Remember, a rug should always be connected to furniture so it anchors the room. Don’t be afraid to put the rug sideways. For a successful arrangement, put all the front feet of the furniture on the rug.
Decorating southwest homes using improper lighting throughout. Different types of lighting and adding dimmer switches is a great way to create the mood you want. Remember your room’s function when choosing your proper light.
Decorating southwest homes and you’ve hung your art too high. Generally you should not look up to art whether you are sitting or standing. Eye level is the right height. Rule of thumb is if you’re hanging artwork over a sofa, the bottom edge should be about six inches up from the top of the sofa.
Decorating southwest homes with furniture up against the walls. Create a focal point in the room and bring the sofa to that focal point area. Example, move the sofa in front of a fireplace and put a console table behind the sofa. It will enlarge the space!
Decorating southwest homes with a fear of color. Come on, we’re in sunny Tucson where color is a great punctuation. From our morning sunrise to sunsets the wall color will appear different throughout the day. Just make sure the color works with the space.
Decorating southwest homes with too many knickknacks. Call it what you want; tchotchkes, keepsakes, decorations, we all have too many! Again the rule of thumb, group no more than 3 per area and store the rest if you can’t give it away
And Number 15
Decorating southwest homes with fake flowers. Controversial topic I know, but fake flowers and plants are a mistake. Bring life into your home whether its flowers or fruit in a bowl. It adds a natural punch of color.
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