June 18, 2024

AN INTERIOR whizz has revealed the five major mistakes that instantly make your home look cheap – and it’s bad news if you like the notorious Live, Laugh, Love decor.

When it comes to home interior, nobody wants their guests to leave with a tacky aftertaste, and now one guru has shared which interior faux pas to best avoid – and how to fix them.

Whilst we all need a motivation every once in a while, it's time to ditch the inspirational quotes printed on everything and anything

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Whilst we all need a motivation every once in a while, it’s time to ditch the inspirational quotes printed on everything and anythingCredit: YouTube
For Garrett, a vase full of Pampas grass means nothing but ''a dust collecting moment''

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For Garrett, a vase full of Pampas grass means nothing but ”a dust collecting moment”Credit: YouTube

According to Garrett LeChic, whose informative videos have amassed him close to 51,000 subscribers on YouTube, there are five design errors that make a home appear tacky.

Anything with words on them

With a never-ending stream of adult responsibilities that often suck out whatever little energy we have, a little inspiration here and there can never be harmful.

But whilst home decor with words, such as the infamous Live, Laugh, Love sign on a piece of wood, can give a much-needed boost of motivation, more often than not they can also look quite tacky.

Instead, he suggested, find artwork and other items that have a sentimental meaning to you.

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Pampas grass

With the bohemian aesthetic taking over the internet a few years ago, there was one home decor more popular than any other – stacks of Pampas grass sitting in a vase.

But for Garrett, the appeal for this living room addition remains a mystery.

”It’s crazy to me. Like, why do we have dry grass just hanging out around the house?

”Seems very odd. And it also, like, is giving me a very dust collecting moment.”

Luckily, he also shared a few alternatives, such as a wicker basket, that will add the same texture in a neutral shade.

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Collections on display

From postcards and coins to miniature figures and vibrant crystals, there are countless things many might have an interest in collecting.

But although the hobby is harmless, it’s best to leave the shelves free of clutter.

”You can take some of those collectible objects and, you know, just set them on a table-top. You can use them as a book-end.

”You can use them in lot of interesting ways that say something a little bit different than ‘This is my collection. Take a look at it’.”

Photo gallery wall

A gallery fall full of heart-warming family snaps, the whizz said, can go one of two ways.

”It can either be really great, enhance a space, or it can be something that’s just a little bit busy feeling, a little cluttered.

Rather than chucking them all onto a wall, put some of them on a table-top with a beautiful frame – doing so means it’s also easier to change things up.

Although having a photo display is fine, it's very easy to cross the line and create a cluttered feel

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Although having a photo display is fine, it’s very easy to cross the line and create a cluttered feelCredit: YouTube

Bookshelf with no books

”I see this a lot on social media where design enthusiasts and ”experts” will teach you how to style a shelf with no books – it will be a shelf full of vases or Pampas grass or whatever.

”It’s a bookshelf full of clutter and decor – it’s not a bookshelf that’s serving any purpose or any use.”

So best get reading, as ”having some books on a bookshelf will fill the space up”.

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”It makes it look interesting. It makes it look like you read.”

If you don’t find reading an exciting hobby, Garrett suggested adding some of your coffee table books instead.

A wicker basket, he pointed out, will add the same texture in a neutral shade that a bunch of Pampas grass does

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A wicker basket, he pointed out, will add the same texture in a neutral shade that a bunch of Pampas grass doesCredit: YouTube
Rather than having inspirational words printed all over your home, stick to artworks with a sentimental meaning, Garrett recommended

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Rather than having inspirational words printed all over your home, stick to artworks with a sentimental meaning, Garrett recommendedCredit: YouTube

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