Decorating a home can be fun and exciting, but it can also be stressful and disappointing if it doesn't turn out quite how you imagined it. There's several things you can do that will help ensure your home becomes the Pinterest-worthy abode that you've always dreamt of.


The biggest mistake people make when it comes to rugs is purchasing a rug that is too small. If you're shopping for a rug for a dining or living room space, make sure that you measure the entire sitting area. The rug should extend a few inches up to a few feet past the furniture, leaving about 12"-18" of flooring around the edges. This applies to a bedroom as well; a rug should extend well past the edge of the bed on all sides. If the rug is too small for the area, it actually gives the illusion that your room is smaller than it is. Remember, when it comes to rugs, go big or go home. Don't be afraid to invest in a rug that is colorful and stimulating. Rugs can be a great focal piece to bring a room and all of its furniture together.


It's tempting to fill every in of wall space with decor, art, and photos, but it can be exhausting and overwhelming for the eye. Just like in art and photos, your eye needs a resting place. Choose a focal point area, such as the fireplace or over the couch, where the eye will naturally be drawn. Then experiment with where pieces look best to compliment that focal point. A small area between a window and a door frame may not need anything on it, so don't be afraid to leave open and clean wall space in your rooms.


Mix and match textures in every opportunity. Rugs, pillows, furniture and even art are all opportunities to add a variety of texture to a room. This gives your eye something visually interesting to look at and creates depth. Don't be afraid to mix textures like leather, woven, and embroidery. If you're really exited about texture you can even add sequins and fluff! Texture is also a great way to add complexity to your space, especially if you're more reserved in your use of colors.


Similar to styling your clothes, layering in decoration and home styling can take your space to the next level. There are many ways you can layer pieces of decor: layer a serving tray under pieces on a coffee table, layer a textured blanket between a couch and throw pillows, or layer decorative pieces and photos behind one another on a shelf or mantel. Layering can be the difference between an amateur and professionally decorated space, so start practicing and in small areas around your home.

Looking for more decor tips and tricks? Check out the blog for our sister company, Mod+Mkt.