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5 Design Mistakes You Could Be Making That Make Your Home Look Cheaper

When you decorate your home, you’re looking to add your own unique style and flair, but you’re also hoping that when you’re done your home will look put together. While everything is open to interpretation, some of the top designers in the business have offered some advice on design mistakes that can end up making a home look cheap.

1. Furniture that’s the wrong size

If you’re like most people, you’ve likely not started your home’s décor from scratch. Instead, you’ve brought furniture from previous homes or perhaps even bought something used. This is savvy but it can also make your home look cheap if the furniture is the wrong size.

2. A small rug

Many experts say that if you have a rug that’s too small, you’ll throw off the scale of the room. It can give the impression that you can’t afford to buy the right sized rug. The good news is that if you have a small rug that you love, you don’t have to get rid of it – simply layer it with a larger rug.

3. Cheap art

Buying cheap art from a big box store may be a great way to save money but it’s also a great way to instantly make a room look cheap. You can find bargain prices on unique, one-of-a-kind pieces at garage sales or flea markets. If you have art that you simply won’t part with, at least use an upscale frame and have it professionally matted.

4. The wrong window treatments

Whether you choose window treatments that are the wrong size or the wrong color, if you haven’t put thought into them it’ll show – and it can make your room look cheap. The best advice we have is to shop through our thousands of draperies and window shades. Find something that inspires you and then look for the right size. We offer a wide range of lengths and widths, but if you can’t find what you want, invest in custom draperies so they’ll be the perfect size.

5. Cheap lighting fixtures

One designer recommends her clients think of lighting fixtures as the jewelry for a room. If you got on your nicest dress or suit, but then added dime-store-jewelry, it would instantly ruin the look. The same is true for cheap lighting fixtures. Invest in some upscale options and they can instantly make a room like more posh.


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