Angela Todd Portland Interior Designers

More Decorating Faux Pas

Last week I reported the top 10 decorating mistakes.  It was so fun, I thought I would do it again!  Here are another 15 common decorating mistakes you might see while visiting homes in and around Portland, Oregon.

11.  Do it yourself faux finishing.

“My sister Diane shared a saying she once heard, ‘Too much faux finishing makes me want to faux up.’  Me too sis.”

12.  Poor lighting.

“I can’t see!”

13.  Fake flowers that look, well, fake.

“We can definitely add texture to your room in more creative ways”

14.  Kitchen countertops that are overloaded with [insert things].

“Let’s put up the hot dog buns, juicer, blender, spatulas, jam, and salt and pepper shakers until you use them.”

15.  Keeping things you hate.

“What on earth for?”

16. A drama wall that has no relationship to your other walls.

“Builder white with a gray cast doesn’t go particularly well with any color.”

17. Toilet rug surrounding the toilet.

“I have a brother.  No amount of bleach makes that okay.”

18.  Using mirrors to reflect nothing, or worse, something ugly.

“That reflection doubles your clutter instead of enhancing your space.”

19.  Outdated fads & accessories.

“Trust me, updating your blue duck collection, ivy and grape stenciling, and Neo classic columns will make you look 15 years younger.”

20.  Intense wall colors.

“Some colors just shouldn’t be part of the fan deck.  That is one of them.”

21.  Rooms too formal for anyone to be comfortable.

“Square footage in Portland, Oregon is at a premium.  Are you sure you want a room that looks pretty and doesn’t do anything else?”‘

22.  Baskets and ivy above your kitchen cabinets


23.  Soaps and towels in your bathroom no one is allowed to use

“Nothing makes guests feel more welcome than, ‘Don’t use that!’ “

24.  Not addressing the windows.

“I am getting a sunburn standing here.  Please tell me I am here about the windows.”

25.  Personal hygiene out and about. (See #14.)

“Why did you spend so much money on your countertop and lovely nightstands to clutter it up with Lubriderm and your skin care line?”

Well, that concludes my list of 1 – 25.  What is on your pet peeve list of decorating faux pas?


  1. Chris @ Best Interior Design Schools says

    LOL, I’m guilty of almost all of those :) Luckily I’m not in business to make my house look pretty .. and more to the point, luckily there are people like you out there who can make my house look nice :)

  2. Ian MacIver says

    Angela great site. I love your top 25 faux pas. I am afraid that I am about to make one – house has oak flooring in family room and kitchen, as well as oak kitchen cabinets. We have fallen in love with teak living and dining room furnishings – is it advisable to mix these two woods?

    • says

      Ian – you can certainly mix woods. I would suggest pulling the color of the teak wood into your kitchen in accessories like rugs and artwork. If you have an opportunity of bar stools that also might be a good place to repeat the color. Also pull the oak color in your living room not necessarily with the wood, but with upholstery, accessories, wall color and artwork. Simply balance the color.

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