Top 5 Mistakes of DIY Homeowners

There are issues we see over and over when we are staging or redesigning someone’s home. Here is a list of the most common, along with ways to address those issues and make your home look its best!



1. Dull color palette
Beiges and creams are a fallback for people who feel unsure about how to use colors in their homes. Too much of these dull colors can feel both boring and oppressive. Neutrals are fine and are certainly colors, but if you keep the walls neutral, be sure to not go too light in shade. Also remember the room will need to be brought to life with color in accessories. Don’t be afraid — it’s your home, and you should experience the joy of color!!



2. Too Much Faux Greenery
Some is good, too much is bad, and the style of faux greenery you are using makes a difference as well. The style of faux greenery has changed in the past few years, and large ficus, palm trees, and excessive use of ivy date your home and need to go. Live plants and real sticks that are clean and simple are much more inviting. That fake ivy above your kitchen cabinet is just a dust collector — take it down now!




3. Visual Clutter
Unfortunately, this is one thing It’s Simply Yours sees in home after home! If there is one thing that really puts a damper on a beautiful room, it’s clutter. It’s the stuff that should just be put away, like magazines, books, projects, toys, and shoes. If you want these items in the room, create a storage piece for them. We realize your home needs to function, and we will help you find creative ways to keep your projects, papers, and necessary items accessible without hindering the beauty of your space.



4. Incorrect Scale for Furniture and Accessories
Sometimes we visit homes where the owner just cannot figure out what they don’t like about their space, and 9 out of 10 times it’s a scale issue. The scale of your furniture and accessories needs to create a balanced feeling in your room. Furniture tends to look larger in your space than it did in the store. Conversely, accessories that look so large in the store shrink in your bookcase or niche. Lamps, artwork, and every piece needs to be in scale to the room and the furnishings around it. Look around — do you have a thin candlestick lamp on a large chunky table? Chances are it doesn’t look quite right.



5. Hanging Artwork too High
The basic rule of thumb for hanging a picture is to put the middle of the picture at eye level. In a dining room, your eye level would be while seated, since you spend most of the time in that room seated. Above furniture and mantles, the distance from the artwork to the piece it is hung over is more important than eye level. In a hallway, items would be higher because the artwork stands alone with no furnishings underneath. In a child’s room, eye level is low, so hang their artwork lower so they can enjoy it! And remember if you are petite or tall, your eye level may not be the best height. Consider an average 5’6″ person’s eye level when hanging artwork.


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