4 Spooky Decorating Mistakes

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Happy Halloween! In light of today’s festivities, we thought we should talk about dark and spooky spaces. You know, those rooms in your home with little natural light that always feel shadowy. We often get asked how to create a light-filled space, so today, we are sharing 4 common decorating mistakes that leave your space feeling dark + easy fixes to create a fresh bright space.



Mistake #1: One Lonely Overhead Light

One overhead light is usually never enough in a space. Adding sconces on the wall, a beautiful floor lamp in the corner, or table lamps by the sofa helps avoid shadowy corners and ensures you can adjust your lighting needs throughout the day.

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Mistake #2: Scary Old Fixtures

Lots of the time old fixtures are merely functional and add no beauty or definition to the space. If your lighting is so old its scary, there is no need to be intimidated. Beautiful lighting that will make a statement and that better fit the needs of your space can work within every budget. Find affordable designer-look lighting at World Market, Target, or Walmart. Also, check out the sale lights at Horchow and One Kings Lane. They sell our favorite high end designer lights but regularly have great lighting sales.

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Mistake #3: Empty Spaces with Too Tiny Pendants

A too small lighting fixture makes a room feel cavernous and empty. We see this common mistake a lot in high ceiling kitchens with pendants above the island. Fill the space with multiple large pendants that fit the scale of the room.

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Mistake #4: Spooky Dark Window Coverings

You should capture every bit of natural light your space has to offer! Make sure your window coverings aren’t blocking it out. Replacing shutters with airy curtains and following a few rules for curtain hanging can make a big difference. Raise your rod above your window 20″ or at least 1/2 way to the ceiling to make your ceilings feel taller and your window larger. Widen your rod so that your curtains can push completely to the side without blocking window light. Make sure your curtains are long enough to just kiss the floor a pretty elongated window look.

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Keep your holiday spooky but your home bright and happy! For more lighting tips read DIY: How to Replace a Light FixtureAffordable Accent Lighting, and Splurge and Save: Client Favorite Lighting.



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