12 Rookie Decorating Moves You Might Be Making

First of all, let me preface this by admitting that despite being raised by an interior designer, even I have been guilty of making these rookie decorating moves. In fact, just last year—mind you, I’ve been writing about design for eight years—I made one of the most rookie moves ever: I hung my kitchen pendant so low that I bump my head on it occasionally. And I have not gotten around to fixing it. 

So let me just put this out there: It’s okay to be a beginner or to be oblivious to what decorators consider “the basics.” You live and you learn. That’s what you’re here for, right? Today I’m giving you the CliffsNotes on Decorating 101. Follow these tips and you’ll have the framework for a truly beautiful space—and nothing to be too ashamed of when your most discerning friend comes over.