8 Decorating Mistakes That Make Your Home Look Cheap

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You don’t pay attention to the size and height of existing decor

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when redecorating their homes is not taking into consideration the size and height of a piece of furniture. According to interior designers, the scale is the key element when it comes to redecoration. 

“When you get the scale wrong with furniture or even moldings, most of the time it can make you feel like something is seriously off. It can definitely cheapen a space,” says interior designer, Bobby Berk.

So, before you buy a new piece of furniture you should make sure that it will fit perfectly in a certain space. “Make sure you consider the scale of all of the elements in a room and how they relate to each other, from rug size to art to the scale of furniture and the circulation around it,” Berk said.

 

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You opt for grocery-bought art

If you opt for cheap art, your house will look the same. In fact, even experts say that “everyone can spot cheap art, and this immediately makes a room look cheaper,” says Berk. 

Obviously, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on wall art, but you can actually opt for online custom-art services or vintage stores. “There are lots of cool custom art services available now, such as Minted and Leftbank Art, which allow you to affordably commission original art or have their prints framed and shipped,” Berk added.

However, another important thing that you have to keep in mind when choosing wall art is the frame, as it can make your house look cheaper as well. “One thing that can make a space look cheaper is mismatched picture frames,” says Lorna Aragon, home editor at Martha Stewart Living. “Using a uniform frame material like silver or wood and adding a few mattings looks much more ‘done’ and expensive.”

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