7 Decoration Mistakes that Make Environments Unpleasant


When it comes to decorating a house, many people choose not to hire a professional to advise and help them in the purchase of all decorative elements.

This is due to a lack of budget, to enjoy doing everything yourself or simply not knowing how interior designers work. If that’s your case, check out our tips to avoid making the 7 most common mistakes when decorating a home.

Ignore proportions

Proportions and scales are essential – the environment can be simple, but carefully thought out sizes can make it visually more pleasant than an environment with expensive pieces, for example.


If you have purchased any furniture over the internet, carefully read the size guide in its description and visualize it in the environment with a measuring tape.

Difficulty in circulation

Small sofas can be comfortable, just knowing how to choose the right model. Buying a large sofa can impair the circulation of space, not meeting the needs of the environment.

This rule also applies to rooms or any space in your home. Do not overdo the size of the bed or other furniture.

In a small room, for example, use a dresser and choose different headboards, with less volume. Circulation is an essential element for comfort!

Too many objects

Often, less is more. Placing lots of furniture and decorations in a space, sometimes congests the space and impairs style!

Make an inventory of what you like and what is really needed for each space. Enjoy and select pieces that fulfill more than one function! 

Wrong lighting

Lighting is one of the most important elements in the decoration of a house or apartment. One of the 7 common mistakes when decorating the house is using too many lamps or insufficient lighting.

In addition to the lack of comfort, the wrong lighting can decrease the feeling of space or highlight the wrong elements.

Also, don’t just limit yourself to direct lighting. Use decorative lighting, such as lamps, to warm the room. And spread more scenic lighting points, which will highlight objects such as paintings and ornaments.

Making a lighting project is the best way to get this item right. After all, technical knowledge is needed to calculate the amount of light needed for each environment.

Good lighting stores can assist you by developing specific projects or consultancies for your needs.

Choosing the wrong carpet

If your budget does not allow you to buy a great quality rug, mix it up: a bigger, neutral and cheap rug can be used as a base, with a smaller, higher quality rug on top.

The combination creates a great decorative effect for the home – and the best: the overlay is super trendy.

The main function of carpets is to sector the environments. Focus on that whenever you need to buy a new rug.

Ideally, they should have an advance of 15 to 20 cm under furniture such as the sofa. But remember to keep the side tables out, so that the piece does not become wobbly.

Not knowing how to use colors

Some people think that decorating without colors is easier. But a colorless house is cold and unattractive. Really, knowing how to combine and use colors requires common sense and good taste.

But if you think this is a difficult task, bet in neutral tones for the base and large pieces, such as sofas and rugs. Then, use color only occasionally, on objects such as pillows, vases and paintings.

So, when the decor gets sick or you want to renovate, move these pieces and mix them with new pieces.

Do not take advantage of all spaces

Without the advice of a professional, one of the 7 common mistakes when decorating the house is not knowing how to take advantage of all the space available in an environment.

It is not because an environment is small that it cannot have good storage space. Therefore, joinery solutions are perfect for this purpose.

With custom-made joinery, it is possible to create practical and decorative pieces at the same time.

That way, take advantage of niches, shelves and hanging cabinets. Loose pieces don’t weigh so much on the look and add grace to the environment.

Lara Oliveira

We are a graduated team in Architecture and Interior Design with experience in the development and monitoring of Architecture and Decoration projects, rehabilitation, remodeling, material counseling, choice of decorative pieces and others. We are passionate about aesthetics and refined and elegant environments, with a lot of character and personality!