10 Decorating Sins

What you should avoid

Outstanding or embarrassing? Your own place reveals a lot about your personality, your hobbies and your life– way more than you think! We know, that "there's no accounting for taste" – but there are still some ways to avoid droping a clanger when it comes to decoration. Here we have our top 10.

Clowns and porcelain dolls

This might come as a surprise to the doll-lovers out there, but (hopefully) most of us are already on the same page – fabric- and porcelain dolls are out. These tiny people not only collect dust but also give you the feeling of being watched. They definitively have served their time and have no place in modern furnishing.

Plastic flowers

Absolutely tacky and never as pretty as real flowers! If you don't have a green thumb or a home that’s filled with natural light, get some fuss-free house plants such as cacti or parlour palms. Splashes of green bring a totally different feel to a room.

Window painting

Painting your windows at home was "in" years ago, although they’ve always admittedly ended up looking like they’ve been drawn by five year olds. They still look cute in children bedrooms, but please spare the living room!

Country-style furnishing in modern high-rises

Be mindful of your surroundings while decorating the home. Having a lovely country-style kitchen in a glass-and-steel building is a drastic switch in style. If you live in a high-rise but miss the country flair, use a few cottage-style accessories as finishings.

Mix-and-matching wood

An oak wardrobe, a coffee table made out of pine and a bed out of beech – different kinds of wood can look good together, but require a very delicate touch to not look oddly mixed.

All in one!

Some prefer a minimalistic black-and-white colour scheme, while others like their homes brightly-coloured. Both can turn your home into a beautiful and chic place to live. For those with a proclivity for bold colours, it is important to remember not to throw in many different colours, but rather stick to the same colour family.

Time-travelling through eras

If you’d like to mix styles from different time periods in your apartment, it's best to make it look "intended". For example, when mixing Victorian chairs with modern ones, choose and arrange your furniture pieces in pairs. An accentuated break between two different themes can be quite beautiful – but an arbitrary combination of themes such as country, Victorian, modern and maritime will look tacky.

Animal skins

Fur rugs – whether genuine or imitation – is not chic. The same applies to stuffed animals or deer antlers hanging from the wall. No one feels comfortable in a place surrounded by dead.

Plastering every wall with photo wallpaper

Decorating a whole home with photo wallpaper can quite easily be a complete flop. Because of the enclosed space in a home, the sheer size of photo wallpaper brings an image right up close to an observer. This overwhelming effect crowds out the space in a home. Instead of plastering every wall with photo wallpaper, we recommend utilising this as home accents – try canvas prints or posters instead.

Decorative toilet seat covers

Welcome to the 90s! Decorative toilet seat covers are out. Worst of all are those with fluffy, pink covers. No thanks – this idea deserves to be flushed down the bog!

Plastic flowers are cheesy

Plastic flowers are way too cheesy

The furnishing should suit the building itself

The furnishing should suit the building itself

Too many colours can look overwhelming

Too many colours can look overwhelming

Fur is not chic

Fur is not chic – at all

Toilet seats with motifs are out

Toilet seats with motifs are out

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