7 Things You Never Need to Worry About When Decorating
We often hear the same concerns from readers and friends decorating their own spaces: Is it OK if the woods in a room don’t match? Can I hang two mirrors in the same space? Do I really need a rug? Though there certainly are some decorating mistakes we would advise you to avoid, the below seven common concerns are actually no big deal. Read on to see why you have no reason to stress.
Just because you can’t open a shelter magazine without seeing a Moroccan rug or browse Pinterest without spotting tons of marble and brass furniture that doesn’t mean your home needs to have these items. Trends are trends because they come and go. If you prefer a more classic, timeless look that will be just as beautiful 20 years from now, ignore the latest fad and stick to what you like.
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If you’re worried about the finish of your dark wood floors competing with your bleached wood console or the variety of wood pieces you’d like to use in the same space, relax—it’s totally fine, and even better, to mix and match the stain, finish, and types of wood on your furniture pieces. The collected look will appear more natural and less contrived than if everything is a perfect match.
If you are lucky enough to have stunning wood floors or just don’t like the look or feel of an area rug, feel free to go without. Though it may warm up your space, if you’re not into the look, skip it! Some of the chicest spaces feature this beautifully minimal choice.
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Multiple mirrors are often hung symmetrically (think: over a pair of nightstands) or used as part of an arrangement (like when clustered in a gallery wall), but for some reason, hanging multiple decorative mirrors in the same room can seem “wrong.” But feat not—like in the home of designer Tobi Tobin, a variety of mirrors in different styles placed on opposing or adjacent walls can visually enlarge your space while adding dimension to your design.
Unsure about using your grandmother’s walnut dresser with the lacquered nightstands you’ve been eyeing? Go for it. A dramatic mix of materials, time periods, and styles is key to creating a personal environment that reflects your unique aesthetic. Don’t worry about your separate pieces “matching”— very few of the most gorgeous spaces do!
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When it comes to window treatments, it’s more important to consider what will work best for the shape and placement of each individual window than to ensure your entire room has matching shades or drapery. Still feeling wary? Try using the same or coordinating fabric on the drapes and shades to guarantee a cohesive look.
If a living room full of lounge chairs is better suited to your lifestyle than a sofa and coffee table, have at it. If you’d like to have a chaise lounge with a bookcase in your dining area, feel free. An unusual furniture plan should never be a concern if it works for you and the pieces you have—it’s your home after all!
What other things to you hear home decorators stress about that really aren’t a big deal? Share with us in the comments!