WHEN curating your perfect home, there are some design mistakes that may immediately make it appear tacky – right down to the type of lighting in a room.
Luckily, the folks over at The Spruce have listed 10 things to avoid in your house that may be making it look cheap.
MASS PRODUCED ART
Though art adds loads of personality to a space, mass-produced prints and artwork can cheapen it.
Websites like Etsy are a go-to when you’re looking to fill the blank spaces on your walls with unique pieces.
If you’re looking to be especially frugal, DIYing your own affordable artwork is also an option.
A CROWDED ENTRYWAY
Keeping your entryway tidy and organized is key to it looking polished and sophisticated.
As it’s the first impression of your home, you should invest in some pieces of furniture and art to liven it up – but keep it minimal.
Too much of a good thing being bad applies when it comes to home decoration.
When choosing a decor style, try to do it in an understated way. For instance, if you want to showcase your love for the seashore, sprinkle some tasteful nautical pieces around your home.
Overdoing it can quickly make it look like a cheaply thrown-together themed motel.
A RUG THAT’S TOO SMALL
A rug that’s too small for a room may make the room look off-balance and cheap.
When choosing the rug that you feel best complements your space, ensure it’s big enough to fit underneath the furniture so it’s not floating in the room.
A minimal-looking, decluttered space makes a room feel upscale. Be sure to keep up with the mess in your home to ensure it doesn’t look unkempt and tacky.
A room that’s way too bright and oversaturated can give off tacky vibes.
You want to ensure that your lighting suits your space.
A bulb with a super high watt may be too bright for your bedroom, while a dim lamp can make a living space feel dark and moody.
Too many knick-knacks or overdone art with cliche quotes will make a home look far from sophisticated, making for a more childish appearance instead.
Rid yourself of the “live, laugh, love” pieces, and go for statement objects that really speak to you.
While you shouldn’t overdo decor, an empty-looking space can actually appear cheap.
If you’re stumped for ideas, a gallery wall is an easy and affordable way to fill up a blank wall.
BASIC LIGHT FIXTURES
The infamous “boob light” is functional, but it’s an eyesore and can look tacky. Swap out this undesirable lighting fixture with a new one, or try a DIY cover to conceal it.
Matching furniture sets can look cheap and like you put little thought into decorating your home.
The mixing and matching of styles, woods, and fabrics will make your home look more well put together.