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5 Common Decorating Mistakes Solved

A small study nook is inset in a white painted wall. The alcove includes a white desk with a white metal chair. There is another small alcove to the left with a white bench seat, a brown blanket thrown on top, and patterned black and white spiral wallpaper in the alcove wall. The ceiling above is painted teal and the floor is beige tiles

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The start of the year can be a great time to give your home a little TLC, with mood boards, colour schemes, and checklists for the hottest decorating trends all making the rounds after New Year’s. But, if you’re giving your space an overhaul, there are some decorating pitfalls you’ll want to avoid. Read on for 5 all-too-common decorating mistakes, and our expert solutions.

1. You want to use colour throughout your house, but don’t know how to keep it from looking crazy

An entryway of a house. White french doors are visible on the left. The floor is dark grey tiles with a multi-blue tone striped rug on top. The wall s adjacent to the door are covered in blue floral wall paper and a circular mirrors hangs on the main wall with silver spikes surrounding it. A gold ornate light shade hangs from a white painted ceiling. A turquoise side table rests against the far wall with brass legs, on top are various ornaments. A wall is visible in the foreground on the white. It is dark blue with white trim and the edge of a white framed painting can be seen.

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Solution: Use a consistent colour as a bridge between all the rooms

By choosing a staple colour throughout your home, you can make your space as bright as you like without going over the top. Remember that the key here is consistency, but you can still have a play with tones for a touch of difference from room to room. For example, you could use your chosen colour in a bold way in one room by applying wallpaper in that colour. In the next room, you might keep things subdued by painting the walls in a more muted tone.

A wide hallway with a dining room visible at the back. The floor is light brown floorboards in a chevron pattern and the walls are painted mint green. The ceiling and trims are cream and a beige round pendant light hangs from the ceiling. There is a window on the left wall with beige blinds and a large artistic piece hanging on the right wall. In the dining room beyond there is wall paper of brown palm trees on the wall, along with a wooden dining table and chairs upholstered in the same colour as the mint green/teal walls.

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Another tip is to keep base boards, cornices and trims consistent throughout, usually in a neutral tone to offset any colours you use. If you don’t want to use the same colour on every wall of the house, find other colours adjacent to it on the colour wheel or in the paint deck to compliment your chosen colour. Then, make sure to carry the bridge colour through on furnishings and accessories to tie all your rooms together.

2. You want to experiment with wallpaper but it feels like too much of a commitment

A white bathroom vanity sits against a wall with white tiles above and on the adjacent wall. On the wall above the vanity is a soft blush pink and white wall paper in an aztec style pattern. Two circular mirrors hand on the  wall surrounded by cream wooden beads. a simple silver hand towel rail is attached to the wall on the right with a white handtowel hanging from it. There is an open window to the right and blush pink accessories on the vanity. A small orb shaped light hangs from the ceiling with white macrame decor on the outside of the glass

Image Source | Kara Miller Interiors

Solution: Experiment with self adhesive wallpaper and decals

If you want to give wallpaper a go, but are afraid of the work involved, or what to do should you change your mind, there are ways to play without making the commitment. Our tip is to experiment with self adhesive wallpaper and decals. There are a lots of 'peel and stick' options available from sites like Etsy, which are an affordable and often temporary alternative to traditional wallpaper.

A wall is decorated with patterned blue and white wallpaper. A two-sided gold lamp is attached to the wall with simple white lamp shades. A doorway is visible on the right through which a black painted wall is visible with various paintings hanging on the wall. The floor is beige with a round jute rug

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via One Kings Lane

Make sure to start in small space, such as in a powder room or desk nook to get comfortable with the pattern. You’ll also want to start down low, as you’re sure to get more comfortable with the application as you go on - no one wants that first decal to be wonky or bubbled in the middle of the wall! Don’t be afraid to give it a go, and remember, if you find it’s not your style there are ways to remove it and try something else.

3. You want to incorporate art into your home but don’t know where to start

A cream wall with an assortment of paintings hanging in brown timber and gold frames. A wooden side table rests against the wall with two simple vases with leafy grennery.


Solution: Have a broad look online to find your style

If you’re new to the world of art, it can be daunting to know where to look for the perfect pieces, and what they’re really worth. For investment pieces, have a browse through online sites such as 1st Dibs and Chairish. These marketplace style sites curate vintage and antique pieces from around the world, providing you access to furniture and artwork of the highest quality. For unique artwork on a budget, have a chat to local art students who might be interested in creating bespoke pieces, or check out sites such as and Etsy.

A living room. The floor is grey tiles with a faded red and blue aztec rug. On top of the rug is a white coffee table with wooden legs. A plant rests on top. The back wall is painted black with two large photographs of nature in white frames hanging on the wall. A light grey couch rests against the wall with blue and red cushions. To the right of the couch is a light wooden side table with photographs, plants and a simple table lamp on top. In front of it is a wooden Eames style chair with cream upholstery and a black cushion

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When it comes to displaying your artwork, the options are endless. For larger pieces, choose a room with a large blank wall to let the piece truly shine, and make sure not to clutter the space with unnecessary accessories. For smaller pieces, a gallery wall can look great in a range of spaces. Check out our guide on how to create the perfect gallery wall, and see our 2020 art series blogs here and here