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Dreaming about transforming our living spaces into our ideal forever home is very exciting.

But it can be a bit nerve-wracking at the same time.  

  

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. 

Design is knowing which ones to keep.

Scott Adams

No need to worry, though! 

In this article, we’ll explore the common concerns we all face when decorating our homes and I’ll share some pro tips to make the process even more enjoyable. 

So, grab a beverage, and get ready to let your creativity shine so you can craft a home that truly reflects you.

Fear of Making Costly Mistakes

This is one of the most common fears – making a home decor blunder.  

The fear of investing your time, money, and effort into decorating your home, only to end up with a space you don’t like.

Well, here’s a secret – even the best designers have faced those moments of “Oops, maybe not!” 

Decorating is a journey of discovery, and there’s no magic formula for getting it right on the first try. 

Embrace the adventure, every “mistake,” is a valuable learning experience that will inevitably help you discover your personal style.

Pro-tip: To help avoid any “uh-oh” moments, do your research first.  Gather inspiration from home decor magazines, websites, or social media platforms like Pinterest. 

(check out my Pinterest boards HERE).

Feeling Overwhelmed by Options

There are so many design styles, color schemes, furniture options, and decor accessories available, that it can easily overwhelm even the most creative minds. 

The fear of getting lost in the sea of choices can lead to decision paralysis.

But take a deep breath and let’s break it down into little steps. 

Begin by thinking about what you want your space to feel like. Is it cozy, vibrant, peaceful, or something else? 

Visualizing your dream space will help you make confident choices because you’ll know exactly what you’re looking for.

Once you have your vision in mind, start small, like trying out paint swatches or experimenting with different types of decor accents. 

These kinds of small changes are easily reversible and will allow you to tap into your inner decorator and experiment, building your confidence with each step.

Pro-tip: Create a mood board by collecting images of inspiring interiors.  This can be very helpful in deciding how you want your space to feel and visualizing the outcome. (check out this post for how to Visualize your Dream Home with a Mood Board)

Decorating your home is a process.  Take it step by step, and you’ll uncover your unique style effortlessly.

Lack of Design Experience or Knowledge

You might be thinking, “I’m no design expert – where do I even start?” 

You certainly don’t need to have a degree in design to make your home look beautiful.  It’s really all about creating a space that makes you happy.

Don’t let any worries hold you back—dive into different interior design resources and have fun.

Whether it’s flipping through decor books, joining workshops, or checking out online courses, you’ll pick up the basics of design principles and concepts, in no time.

Hands-on learning is the best way to gain experience though. 

Pro-tip:  Check out some design books and watch DIY videos from the pros.

With each discovery, you’ll start feeling more confident in putting together your unique decor style. 

Trust your instincts, and don’t be afraid to take risks and experiment with different ideas. 

Fear of Commitment

The dreaded commitment fear – we’ve all been there! 

Choosing that perfect decor piece can feel like trying to find a perfect treasure, without a map!

But remember, your home is not a final chapter; it’s an ever-evolving adventure.  Be flexible and know that you can always make adjustments along the way.

Pro-tip: Start with temporary or easily reversible changes.  

  • Try removable wallpaper or decor accents so you can experiment with patterns and colors without a long-term commitment. 
  • Opt for versatile furniture that can adapt to changing preferences and lifestyles.

Embrace the journey, and you’ll see your home transform into a story that’s uniquely yours.

 

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Worries About Others’ Opinions

The age-old fear of judgment – “What will they think of my decor choices?” 

Criticism from family and friends is an understandable fear, but remember, your home is YOUR story.

Not everyone will share the same taste as you, and that’s perfectly normal.  You may even have the same thoughts about their homes too!  Their style isn’t “wrong”, it’s just different than yours.

Pro-tip: Embrace your quirks, passions, and unique style. 

Your decor choices are what make your home special…to you, and that’s all that matters.  

Enjoy the freedom to create a home that you love to return to day after day.

After all, the most important critic is the one staring back in the mirror.

Budget Constraints

Decorating can be costly, and financial worries can create anxiety if we think our dream home is out of reach.

While money matters and decorating is an investment, there are budget-friendly alternatives.

Think thrift store treasures, try some DIY projects, or focus on key pieces that can bring a big impact without a huge financial investment.

 After all, creativity doesn’t have to break the bank.

Pro-tip: Set a Realistic Budget: Determine a budget that works for you and stick to it. You can achieve stunning results without breaking the bank by making strategic choices.

Attachment to Sentimental Items

We all have certain pieces that hold special value in our hearts but may not align with the vision of our perfect home.  

It’s okay to feel nervous about letting go of pieces that hold emotional value.  The answer here is – don’t give them up.

Cherish sentimental pieces but also be open to integrating them into your new decor in innovative ways.

  • Upcycle Your Treasures: Turn sentimental items into functional pieces. For example, repurpose an old family heirloom into a practical item, like a coffee table or a shelf. This way, the sentimental value is not just admired but actively used.
  • Custom Wall Art: Consider turning sentimental items into custom wall art. It could be a family recipe written in a loved one’s handwriting, a meaningful quote, or even a map of a significant place. This adds a unique and personal touch to your decor.
  • Shadow Boxes: For smaller sentimental items like letters, cards, or small trinkets, consider using shadow boxes. It’s a neat way to create a mini-display that preserves and showcases these meaningful objects.

 

It’s normal to feel nervous when you start re-decorating your home.  

But, I hope these suggestions have given you the confidence to start creating the home of YOUR dreams.  

Your home is a reflection of your journey, so fill it with warmth and personal history.

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes (Pro-tip: you will…we all do!).  

Let your inner compass guide you, discover your unique style, and remember – your home is an ever-evolving story of your own making!

Happy decorating!

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