Design 101: 5 Home Decorating Problems and How to Fix Them

No home is perfect, no matter how big or new it is. You may find issues with the layout, or storage or lighting. It can be a bigger challenge when you rent, since you usually can’t do much about the space you’re living in. But luckily, many home decorating problems have easy fixes you can tackle in just a few hours or a weekend.

Here are five of the most common home decorating problems and how you can easily fix them.

1. My space feels small and cramped

Home Decorating Problems
Skip the giant coffee table and add a small side table instead to reclaim space. And check out the cool mirror wall treatment. Image: Toronto Group

If you feel like one of your biggest decorating problems is a small, cramped space, you can do a few things to improve it. Here’s a three-step action plan:

1: Start by decluttering the area. Too many items, pictures and even pieces make a room feel smaller. Clean out what’s unnecessary and donate, throw out or store it in a box or bin somewhere out of sight. Keep bookshelves and surfaces clutter-free and use only essential pieces in the room.

2: the walls. Freshen up the room by painting your space in a lighter, fresh color. This shouldn’t be too hard and will brighten the room.

3: Add large mirrors. Mirrors reflect light and expand a space by creating the illusion that there’s more. You can buy a large, full length mirror and lean it against a wall. Or add a wall mirror or square mirror tiles over a table or behind your sofa. Choose where to place the mirror strategically by choosing to reflect light or a nice view in the mirror.

2. My needs an update but I don’t have the budget for an overhaul

Slipcovers and a fresh color theme of grey and yellow update this living room quickly. Image: Caber

You don’t have to spend a ton to update your living room. The furniture is usually the most expensive part of the room. Finding ways to freshen up the furniture should save you from having to replace it all. Here are some ideas to solve home decorating problems on a budget in your living room:

  • Add tailored slipcovers to your sofas if they’re looking old and tired.
  • Invest in a new coffee table or paint your existing one.
  • Pick a bold color to accent your existing space and add a combo of one or two throw pillows, a vase, new curtains and an inexpensive area rug in that color.

Solving home decorating problems just takes a little bit of creativity and some inspiration.