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10 Home Decor and DIY Design Mistakes: Part II

Earlier I shared with you, 10 Home Decor Design Mistakes Part I.  If you haven’t read part I, head on over and read that post before you move on to 6-10.

There are so many mistakes I made as I mentioned in my previous post and I wanted to share a few more.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I made more than this, but there were the most memorable and the ones I felt would be the most helpful to share.

Design Mistkes

Home decor and DIY mistake #6: 

Your ideas are bigger than your ability

As I mentioned in part I of 10 Home Decor and DIY Mistakes, the first bookshelf I created was a disaster.  It didn’t look like a bookshelf at all!

Over my DIY journey especially, I’ve learned to start small and create bigger, more complex projects.  There is no way I could have made our 9 ½ foot farmhouse table in the beginning when I couldn’t even put a bookshelf together properly!  Give yourself some grace, my friend.

DIY projects can be tough and frustrating so working your way up to bigger projects will give you not only momentum but confidence when those bigger projects seem to want to not cooperate.

Home decor and DIY mistake #7: 

No focus

When he and I moved into our home, we had no focus and no plan (which is exactly how the Home Decor DIY and Project Planner came about).  We just did as the wind hit us and worked on projects randomly.  When I think about it now, it was crazy how we decorated our home  We at first painted the entire home, which wasn’t the problem.  The problem was how we handled everything else.

After we finished painting, we would work on a room randomly.  One day we worked in the living room, the next day the bonus room, the next day the laundry room.  No wonder when we looked up after several months, we had only one room complete!

I cannot stress the importance of having focus and a plan.  Choose a room and work on it, complete it, and move to the next.  If that doesn’t work for you, then maybe your house needs blinds, so then choose to add blinds to the entire house, get those up and then move on to something else.

We all work differently so choose what’s best for you.

Home decor and DIY mistake #8

Afraid of color

I am such a color person.  Everything has color and it is such a change because several years ago, almost everything in my closet was black.  I often laugh at how I’ve carried my love for color into my home.  Fortunately, my husband is also a big lover of color and so on that front, we’re the same. 

We often have friends over (well did, pre-COVID) and one of the things we’re often complimented on in our home is how colorful it is.  Now, I’m going to be honest, E does love color, but if it was up to me, we would have a more colorful home!

I would love to have rooms with amazing and bold accent walls (like my home office), but when I mention it, E gives me the side-eye.

One of the things our friends say when they are in our home is that they would love to add more color, but they are afraid.  I actually had one friend say, “I don’t want my home to look like a Lifesaver roll!”  I laughed, but seriously.  Adding color in your home doesn’t mean it will look like a Lifesaver roll, tacky, or a rainbow.

Start small.  Use color as accents for pops of color.  There’s nothing more fabulous (in my opinion) than a neutral room that has pops of color everywhere.  It’s like dipping your big toe in the pool when the water is too cold to help you get acclimated.

You can learn more about adding color to your home in my post, 

Home decor and DIY mistake #9

Worried about others

I always say that when you allow others into your home, you’re at a vulnerable time.  Why?  Because I truly believe that when done right, your home is where your heart is.  It’s the place where you relax.  It’s the one place on this earth that you can be yourself, not judgment and when you allow others to come into that space, you’re sharing a big part of yourself.

Living in apartments before we moved, there were times I wouldn’t allow my friends over because I didn’t want them to judge me.  There was a time in my life when I was laid off 7 times in 4 years and I was doing the best I could to stay afloat.  I didn’t want people to see me differently as I went through those tough years and so I never let anyone come over.  I always went to their house.  Why?  Because I was worried about what others may say because my then apartment wasn’t as beautifully decorated as my previous one before the layoffs began.  

We often let others dictate what we do in our own homes and in our lives.  Please don’t do that.  I’ve said it over and over again.  Your home is your safe place and it should be what you need and want it to be. Not what someone else needs and wants.

Home decor and DIY mistake #10

Being afraid of space and buying all the things

Your home can be warm and cozy and still not have every inch of the room filled.  I’ve seen and been to many homes where every single area of the home has some type of decor item.  You want your decor to have room to breathe as my Mom would say.

You don’t want your home to filled cluttered.  Remember that more doesn’t mean cozy and many times less is more.

When it comes to home decor and DIY, there are so many mistakes that can be made, but don’t let that stop you from trying. We learn from our mistakes, they make us better, and when you give up hope think about his gal here who put a bookshelf together backward and is not making 9-foot farmhouse tables.  You can do it!

What home decor and DIY design mistakes have you made?  I’d love to hear from them and what you learned by making them!


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