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6 decorating mistakes to avoid

6 decorating mistakes to avoid

Today I have a few decorating tips which might help you if you’re stuck…

Not researching your furniture choices

It takes me a really really long time to make decisions on big ticket items in my home. Like a couch, dining table or chairs. I like to research everything I can before I make a purchase. I measure sizes, step it out, visit every store, price everything and think think think. I currently have a dining table with no chairs. I haven’t had chairs for weeks actually (we have to sit at the kitchen bench!). I am so indecisive about the chairs and I didn’t want to buy something just because I had to. I am happy to wait until I get the right vibe.

Don’t settle just because it works

This is all about your gut feeling. Don’t feel compelled to fill every space straight away. Decorating your home doesn’t need to be a race. If you’re there for a long time, it’s much better to wait until the right piece comes along. If you have a feeling that coffee table you’ve seen (which works) is a bit too small, then don’t get it. Don’t settle for it.

Don’t choose small art

Bigger is always better. Give your walls some attention and go BIG. You wont regret it, and you won’t have to buy twice. If you’re creative, paint your own and go big!

Don’t settle on a small rug

I know! It’s soooo hard to find big floor rugs. Don’t settle on the 1200 x 1800 for a big lounge room. If you have a huge space and a huge couch you need a big rug. Or, if you really can’t find a big rug, have a piece of carpet edged, or just have no rug until you can find the right one. Don’t settle! 😉 A small rug throw the proportion of the room out.

Don’t push all your furniture up against a wall

Pull the couch in, create conversation spaces and don’t leave awkward spaces wide open. Trust me, no one will care if they see the back of your couch.


Oooo this one is easy to do! When Kmart bring out so many affordable homeware items it’s easy to buy one of everything and fill every corner and surface in your home. Can you have a big cull at your house? My favourite homes to look at on Instagram are those where accessorising has been thought-out and minimised. Just a little pot here, or a vase there. I have some shelves which may be full of goodies, but it works. Then I have others which are very minimal. It’s all about grouping in some places and minimising in others. I don’t want my entire home overcrowded.

Of course, rules are meant to be broken so this is not gospel! Depends on the shape of your room and space you have to work with, but I like to have goals and suggestions to work with to make it easier when I’m styling someone’s home. Happy decorating! ♥ KC.


  1. Grondwerken

    27 July

    Thanks a lot for sharing these useful tips. I will surely follow them when i plan to decorate my home.

  2. Libby

    28 July

    These pictures are so beautiful and the tips are great. Please can you add links to them? I’d love to know where the painting and bench from picture 3 are from. Thank you 🙂

  3. Cheryl

    2 August

    Hi Katrina, I’m in the same predicament regarding the dining chairs. I’m waiting to see what you choose 😜!

  4. Michelle Harvey

    16 October

    Yes I culled the knickknacks recently and it looks much better

  5. Sharon Gill

    17 October

    YES! Totally agree with going with vibe and gut feeling! Have been in my house for 7 years now and still waiting for the right artwork for one wall.

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