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5 Decorating “Faux Pas” That Are Actually OK

As if decorating a blank canvas isn’t intimidating enough, you find a list of decorating do’s and don’ts that suddenly build a dam around your creative juices. Relax. I’ve got at least five decorating faux pas that are actually ok. Yes, you do have permission to finally paint that accent wall. Here’s why:

Accent walls can enhance your living space, but don’t get carried way. For best results use an accent wall to pull attention away from an unsightly view (say a window facing a brick wall) and create a focal point on the adjacent wall. What’s even better? Consider your ceiling as a 5th wall and try out a beautiful blue that complements your existing furnitureblueceiling_erikaward

Faux Greenery gets a bad rep because the more realistic varieties aren’t exactly affordable. Instead play with a variety of real or faux branches for a more natural look. Still want that tree? Go ahead and fork over the cash for a good one especially if you don’t have a green thumb or if you travel a lot. Relieve your guilty conscience knowing that your leaves will be green, not grim, upon your return.

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Sofas aren’t required in a living room. Four chairs around a central coffee table or an ottoman creates a setting primed for conversation. And with this set up, someone’s bound to break the ice. It’s like circle time for adults.

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Stick with neutral colors for your window treatments. If there’s a color or pattern that you’re constantly dreaming about, then use it to make a statement —especially in a bay window. Like artwork, it becomes a conversation piece that takes a room from everyday to extraordinary.

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Dark wall colors make a small room feel cozy, not cramped. When you think of a small white room, the first thing that comes to mind is an exam room at the doctor’s office, right? It’s not exactly your desire look. Instead, take color cues from darker hues in a related piece of art, rug, or fabric within the room. Before you commit, paint sample boards and adhere them to the wall with painter’s tape. Examine the colors at different times of the day and then decide on a favorite.

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