1. Exposed lightbulbs
People think they look trendy and industrial.
They look like you can’t afford lampshades.
(Although the main reason I hate them is because they irritate my eyes.)
Better: Literally any lamp with a shade.
The important part here is not the style, but the soft, soothing glow.
2. Open shelving
Are you human? Does your skin shed and turn to dust?
If not, these things are for you!
3. Tall, narrow bookshelves
People think they make the room look taller.
By using tall, skinny bookshelves that go to the ceiling, you draw the eye upward and create the illusion of height.
This is a lie.
Tall bookshelves actually make the room feel cramped, like the books could topple onto your head at any moment.
To solve the problem, create a horizontal line across the bookshelves.
Better: Low bookshelves.
Low bookshelves draw attention to the white space above, making the room feel light and airy.
(Aka any decor item with words written on it.)
Twee, sentimental, cutesy:
And worse, telling me what to do:
5. Flouncy, patterned fabric
(Plus too much decorative crap.)
I can’t feel at peace in these spaces. They’re too stuffy.
Better: Room to breathe.