7 Home Decor Mistakes That Are Making Your Space Look Dated

Trends come and go, but decorating styles can endure with the right upgrade. The modern farmhouse, for example, has survived many decoration trends over the decade (RIP bohemian kitsch) and even inspired offshoots like cottagecore and coastal grandmother, proving that we will always go for all things clean and comfortable. Interior designer Anna Franklin of Milwaukee Stone House Collective helps us refresh the look with a few do’s and don’ts…and check out our style reminders to keep your decor always on point.


Design: Stone House Collective

Mistake #1: The walls are painted in outdated colors.

Millennial pink, tangerine, light yellow, purple and bright red came out, while more earthy tones took center stage, like this gorgeous statement wall that Franklin and his team had painted in Shadow grown by Sherwin Williams. It adds a moody vibe that feels rich and modern, albeit farmhouse-inspired.

bedroom design

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Mistake #2: Using typographic signs instead of artwork.

Rustic typographic signs evoke a past of farmhouse decor. “Although once a staple of farmhouse decor, swap out typography panels for beautiful artwork that depicts a rural landscape scene. Besides being much more upscale, these pieces will add a splash of color to a otherwise neutral aesthetic,” Franklin explains.

coffee table landscape

Design: Stone House Collective

Mistake #3: The decor lacks authenticity.

DIY farmhouse decor like faux antique window pane with chicken wire or mason jars taped to a faux distressed barn board can scream a little too country. “Instead, go for vintage and antique finds with a rustic flair,” says Franklin. Look for a high quality cream vintage rug; handmade and patinated pottery; and solid wood furniture. “Make a statement and incorporate an authentic solid wood farmhouse dining table in exposed wood. These dining tables are usually the star of the space and will age beautifully over time,” Franklin adds.

modern farmhouse

Design: Stone House Collective

Mistake #4: Clutter is everywhere.

A well-designed home, regardless of style, feels as good as it looks when the room is clean, comfortable, and clutter-free. Cut back to the essentials, then add warm elements, like a rustic console table and earthy lamps. For toys and things that always end up where they don’t belong, invest in natural baskets and containers that suit your style.

entrance design

Mistake #5: Your entry isn’t getting any love.

First impressions count. Give your hall a little love with a wooden consolea modern eye-level mirror, a durable rug, and simple accessories, such as a vase with branches, small containers for keys and things, and coffee table books.

indoor plants

Design: Stone House Collective

Mistake #6: Plants look a little sad or overgrown.

Plants large and small can help
clean Air and bring the outdoors inside, ultimately making a room feel alive. Be selective and think of scale. These plants play a subtle yet decorative role in a spare office – the perfect place for clear thinking and productivity. Plants to watch out for include olive trees, ficus elastica, pilea, snakes and calathea.

living room design

Design: Stone House Collective

Mistake #7: There is no symmetry and balance.

Multiples like these twins accent chairs add symmetry to a design, making a room more balanced. A rug large enough to reach all of the furniture also makes a big impact while adding to the balanced and cozy vibe.

Finally, add personal touches that make your home look like you (compared to the latest IG decorating manual). Bring books you love, art that gives you all the feels, and personal memorabilia (travel souvenirs, family photos, etc.) to make a house, farm or otherwise, a home.

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