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Domino's Top 10 Decorating Don'ts

Domino's Top 10 Decorating Don'ts


If you haven't checked out the August issue of Domino magazine yet, you need to get this must-read for home-decor junkies. This month, the mag takes a break from its usual coverage of trends and shopping to bring us insider secrets and sources from some of the country's best decorators.

One fun feature is where Domino asked its panel of decorators for their all-time decorating don'ts, which the editors then rounded up into a handy top 10 list. I totally agree with most of the points — though I don't get why diagonal sofas are such a no-no. Check it out and tell me what you think.

  1. Overdoing it. Stuffing too much of a good thing into a room can feel stifling, like a Victorian B&B.
  2. Art hung too high. Avoid neck cricks: Center the piece at eye level.
  3. Curtain hardware hung too low. This crowds the window. Instead, mount the rod up high to let in the light and allow the window to breathe.
  4. Imposing a style that doesn't belong. In planning an overall look, consider your home's architecture and environment. Santa Fe style usually works best in Santa Fe.
  5. Too bright overhead lighting. It's usually unflattering. Better to have four 25w lamps than a single 100w ceiling fixture.
  6. For the rest of the tips, read more

  7. Matching every fabric in a room. Just like when you put together an outfit, you want at least one unexpected element.
  8. Pairs of everything. Duos are not necessarily bad by definition, but beware the Noah's Ark look.
  9. Monotony of scale. Mix it up! A balance of big and small, tall and short accessories brings a room to life.
  10. Beds or sofas on a diagonal. A decorator trick you shouldn't try at home—it makes too much of a statement.
  11. Decorating for someone else's life. You eat takeout every night and have two huge dogs: Is a white-carpeted formal dining room really the way to go?
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