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I’m all about breaking rules as an interior designer but some choices look bad – a furniture mistake ‘screams amateur’

ONE decorating guru has shared her insider tips for curating a space so that it looks more creative than cookie cutter.

There’s also no need to break the bank when giving your room a decorator-approved design boost.

One interior decorator knows just what mistakes to avoid when trying to give your space an easy and affordable upgrade
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Meredith Marlow, founder of South-Florida-based Meredith Marlow Interiors, is all about “breaking the rules” when it comes to styling a space.

Still, there are some things even this interior designer won’t do as she shares the biggest design blunders she has come across over the years.

Matching furniture sets is one major no-no that “screams amateur.”

Rather than being intimidated about the best way to pull a whole look together, there are ways to add creativity without getting completely overwhelmed.

To make a space appear carefully curated while staying on a budget, you can mix vintage furnishings along with some less expensive items.

If you can, adding just a few pricier pieces can often complete a look.

Secondhand stores and auctions are some spots where you might find a decorating deal.

Just beware of using boring colors such as beige.

While neutrals can be mixed with textures and more vibrant colors, you don’t want to make a muted shade the star of your color scheme show.

The best way to incorporate beige is to add a bit more contrast with white or black.


A fancy light fixture can almost always do the transformative room trick.

It’s also crucial to pay attention to the focal point in your room.

Just don’t forget – the bolder the better.

Rather than overwhelming the senses, focus on one area in particular.

Whether it’s a bookshelf, fireplace, or a view framed by curtains, you can draw the eye to a space while the rest of the area should remain uncluttered.

You can also let in the light – but proceed with caution when determining how much brightness to add to a room.

Lighting is not only affected by everything in a space but also changes with the time of day.

Dark furniture absorbs light, making it super crucial to incorporate brighter lighting.

Studying or reading can also impact how much light you might prefer.

There is also one way to ensure the best lighting situation – dimmers.

Another rule of thumb is to not punch too many holes in the ceiling while installing your light elements.

Budget interior design tips

Interior designer Judy Hoang shared her furniture tips with The U.S. Sun.

  • Thrift furniture and paint it to match your decor.
  • Test if an item is fit for its purpose before thrifting.
  • Shop at Target or HomeGoods for rugs, lamps, desks, and pillows.
  • Invest in classic timeless pieces.
  • Set up smart home lighting to save money.

Also, don’t be afraid to mix things up – go ahead and add some personality to your space with lamps, pendants, recessed lighting, and even candlelight.

When it comes to photos and artwork in a home, if you have to strain, something needs to be adjusted.

Any type of art or mirrors should always be hung at eye level when standing.

It also shouldn’t be so high that it will be uncomfortable to gaze upon while sitting.

A safe bet is to keep wall art six to 12 inches above the sofa.

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