The Most Common DIY Home Decor Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

by Jacqui Zuzgo 12/19/2021

The process of creating your own home decor is exciting, but you are going to want the hard work and effort that you put into these projects to be the worthwhile in the end. The last thing that you want is to make an avoidable mistake during the process that ends up compromising the entire plan.

These are the most common DIY home decor mistakes and how you can avoid them:

Forgetting to Measure Twice and Cut Once

Measuring seems like it would be the simplest step in any project, but it's easily the most common mistake with DIY home decor. Whether you are working with paper, wood or fabric, it's imperative that you double-check your measurements before you make that final cut. You can't put the material back together, and if it doesn't fit properly, you will have to start over in order to finish the project correctly.

Hanging Homemade Art Work Too High

Once you have finished the DIY wall art for your bedroom or living room, you are going to be antsy to hang it on the wall and display it with pride. However, avoid hanging it too high on the wall. Far too many people simply take a guess and put a nail in the wall only to find that the work is hanging too high. Most experts recommend hanging any type of art, including DIY art, at eye level so that it can be enjoyed by anyone who enters the room.

Making Too Many Accessories for the Same Room

Any room in your house should have a mix of decor - ranging from large fixtures as well as small accent pieces. Making too many accents or decor accessories for the same room can result in a room that feels cluttered and chaotic. Avoid this mistake by choosing one or two projects for each room in your home rather than always opting for DIY decor ideas that can only go in one specific room.

Starting the Project Before Choosing a Theme

Most DIY decor projects are going to serve as a detail in the larger plan for any room, so it's important that you decide on the color palette or theme for the room before you start buying the materials for your next DIY adventure. It is better to take it slow and make sure there is a plan in place before you start working on your next craft.

Taking on a Project that is Too Challenging for Your Skill Level

It's very easy to look at a finished product and think that you could do that on your own. However, it's important that you consider your own experience and skill level before you take on a DIY project. Read the instructions for the project thoroughly and make sure that you feel confident completing each step before you begin.

Now that you are aware of some of the mistakes that are easy to make when you are taking on a new DIY home decor project, you can be mindful and avoid them as you begin to work on your next piece. When you head into the project being both aware and prepared, you will move smoothly from step to step and avoid the frustrations that others have endured before you.

About the Author
Author

Jacqui Zuzgo

I have been a REALTOR® in Massachusetts since 1984 and hold both a salesman and broker license. I am currently affiliated with Five College REALTORS® located at 190 University Drive, Amherst, MA. Over my career, I have consistently been a Top Producer in the Pioneer Valley and have gained a reputation for being a strong-minded, no-nonsense negotiator in the industry. I also frequently rank highly on Boston’s Top 20 for sales in Western Massachusetts. Some of my best qualities include my listening and communication skills. I have time and again proven to work well under pressure with exceptional attention to detail. My commitment to my clients and professionalism is obvious in every transaction.

Representing both buyers and sellers in Hampshire and Franklin Counties, as well as assisting in relocations throughout the United States and globally has helped me embrace the need for quality performance and develop an acute and sincere sensitivity to people's needs. Honing in on what matters most is almost a sixth sense. Communication and awareness of the situation at hand produce a final result that has undoubtedly led to the large referral business I maintain.

Education has been a theme throughout my 30 years of experience. Well versed in technology and holding key designations have proven to be assets to my performance and dedication to the Real Estate field. My never-ending enthusiasm, availability, knowledge and drive make for a seamless transaction every client, every time.

I am a native of the Pioneer Valley. I am committed to sharing all the area has to offer in making your transition, whether long distance or short, a satisfying experience.

Education:

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Bachelor of Science 1983
  • Top Individual Seller for Residential Sales in the Pioneer Valley since 2006.
  • #1#1 Realtor in the entire Franklin/Hampshire Counties for Millions Sold since 1999.
  • Highest producer in sales since 2004 in Franklin/Hampshire Counties.
  • ABR®– Accredited Buyer's Representative
  • CRS – Certified Residential Specialist (only 3% of REALTORS® hold a CRS)
  • e-PRO – Digital Marketing, Certified e-PRO Realtor®
  • GRI – Graduate, Realtors® Institute
  • SRES– Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

Biographical Highlights:

Life long, active member of the community, born & raised in the Pioneer Valley. Graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BS 1983.

Current Committee Involvement:

Member of the local Chamber of Commerce - Post Board of Director's member Volunteer for the Road to Recovery.

Greenfield Community College Foundation Board Member 

Greenfield Savings Bank Corporator

MLS Professional Standards Committee Member

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