8 Decorating Mistakes That Make Your Home Look Cheap

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You choose wrong-size rugs

If you want to avoid adopting a style that makes you look cheaper, then you should know exactly what kind of rugs you should choose and what is the ideal size. “Placing an area rug that is too small for a seating area instantly throws the room out of scale and gives the impression that you couldn’t afford the larger, correctly sized rug,” says interior designer Marlaina Teich.

“Make sure that the rugs touch every piece of furniture so they appear appropriately scaled and make all the furniture pieces in a room relate to one another,” Berk said.

All you have to do to fix this problem is to opt for layers. “If the client has a rug that they love but it is too small for the space, an easy fix is to layer a larger rug under the smaller one. That will not only help highlight the smaller statement rug but also create the scale needed,” Teich said.


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You don’t invest in a good sofa

According to interior designers, people should invest in a good sofa, because this is the first thing that you see when you enter a house. “Invest in a good sofa, especially if you have a family,” says interior designer Christine Markatos Lowe. “An inexpensive sofa won’t wear well and will look much older than its actual age in no time.”

In addition, you should get rid of overstuffed sofas, because it will make your living room look cheaper. “If you’re holding on to old furniture that is the shape of marshmallow, it’s time to consider revamping your living room.”

All you have to do is to “choose a high-quality fabric that is luxurious and durable,” said Markatos.

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