3 Common Mistakes That Ruin a Room (And How To Fix Them)

1. Hanging art too high

This mistake is rampant, but thankfully it’s an extremely easy fix! You may be tempted to hang art too high because you think placing it higher on the wall will draw the eye upward and make the room seem larger. This is never the case. When art is floating way above the furniture or by itself on a wall high overhead, it just looks awkward and disjointed from the rest of the room’s design.

I’m calling it “art,” but this goes for anything decorative you’re hanging on the wall, including mirrors.

The center of the piece should be at about eye level. Another way to figure this out is to make sure the center of the piece is between 57-60 inches from the floor. If you are hanging a grouping like a gallery wall, then aim to make the center point of the arrangement this height.

2. Too-small art

Wondering what size art to use? Art should be at least ⅔ the size of the piece of furniture anchoring it. So if your sofa is six feet long, you would want to choose something at least 4 feet long to hang over it. If you are hanging a grouping, or two frames side by side, think of the entire grouping (including the spaces between them) as one object when making your calculation. For more on why this rule works so well, check out this article on decorating with the golden ratio.

If you’re hanging art on a wall with no furniture underneath it, obviously you won’t be able to use the ⅔ trick. You’ll just have to “eyeball” it, but when in doubt, bigger is ALWAYS better. You want to make sure the art can really hold its own on the wall, so it should feel like it’s covering a significant portion of said wall.

3. Too many colors

Having a hard time making your room feel pulled-together? Maybe it feels cluttered even though it really isn’t? Chances are you’ve got too many colors going on. If your space feels visually chaotic, try reducing the number of colors in the room to create cohesion. I recommend aiming for three colors in a room. This may sound extreme, but you can (and should) incorporate multiple shades of each color to add interest and dimension. Doing so will also ensure you don’t end up with a matchy-matchy room (gross!). Limiting yourself to three helps keep the space from feeling busy and frenetic. And if you’re wondering, white and neutrals definitely count as a color in this situation.

If you’re someone who likes having rules to follow, use the 60:30:10 rule. Here’s how it works: For a pulled together room, a room should be 60% your primary color, 30% your secondary color, and 10% a pop of color.

If you found this post helpful, or you have a burning interior design question, I’d love to hear from you in the comments! Have a great week bbs!


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