Thursday, June 5, 2014

Top 10 Decorating Dont's from Domino

I'm not usually a list person. No checklists here. But there's an exception to every life stance. Here's a great list from Domino I can fully support with the exception of #9. Why do they have to pick on putting beds on the diagonal? 
Here's the list from
Top 10 Decorating Don'ts

Because sometimes it’s easier to be told what not to do.

1. overdoing it. Stuffing too much of a good thing into a room can feel stifling, like a Victorian B&B.

2. hanging art too high. Avoid neck cricks: Center the piece at eye level.

3. installing curtain hardware too low. Why? This crowds the window. Instead, mount the rod up high to let in the light and allow the window to breathe.

4. imposing a style that doesn’t belong. In planning an overall look, consider your home’s architecture and environment. It's much easier to pull off coastal-chic near a beach.

5. lighting that’s too bright overhead. It’s usually unflattering. Better to have four 25W lamps than a single 100w ceiling fixture.

6. matching every fabric in a room. (Yawn.) Just like when you put together an outfit, you want at least one unexpected element.

7. pairing everything. Duos are not necessarily bad by definition, but beware of the Noah’s Ark look. We actually like odd number multiples like three and five.

8. sticking to one scale. Mix it up! A balance of big and small, tall and short accessories brings a room to life.

9. positioning beds or sofas on a diagonal. A decorator trick you shouldn’t try at home- it makes too much of a statement.

10. decorating for someone else’s life. You eat takeout every night and have two huge dogs: Is a white-carpeted formal dining room really the way to go? Think about your lifestyle and then bring looks you love home that make sense.

My biggest pet peeve- #3 and let me add that I hate when I move into a house where the hardware is previously installed into the wood frame around the window. Nothing worse than having to rehang rods, than having to rehang them and fill wood holes, match paint color, etc. 

Happy Wednesday, I'm off to disobey rule #4 by painting my kitchen island sea foam blue. I am from a beach town originally...that's gotta count for something right?

...rules were meant to be broken anyways. 

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