Amateur Hour: When Having No Idea What to Do With Your Home is the Best Gift

Amateur Hour: When Having No Idea What to Do With Your Home is the Best Gift

Jennifer Hunter
Jul 29, 2015

So you're a decorating novice and you don't know a davenport from a sconce? No problem. In fact, you might just be at an advantage. Sometimes having no clue what to do can net you a better final result than more experienced decorators who know and follow all the rules. Here are three big, valuable things you have going for you that others may miss. Amateurs unite!

You're willing to try new things

Everything is new for you and that's a huge advantage when it comes to figuring out your taste. You're open to everything! Starting out without a head full of decor "rules" means you're free to follow your heart and your gut without being bogged down by doubt that it won't work. You'll learn your own best practices over time but try never to lose the willingness to try anything just to see where you land.

You don't need everything to be perfect

When you're doing something for the first time, chances are you'll be happy to accomplish your task without worrying too much that it's absolutely spot-on perfect. Since it will never be perfect anyway, good enough is a pretty great place to be. Why waste all that time worrying every detail, adjusting the placement of every knick knack when your first slap-and-dash attempt was probably pretty darn close?

You have to take your time

Since you don't really know what you're doing, it will take you longer to get your room to exactly where you want it to be. That's good! Picking up pieces here and there, seeing your space in different light, in different seasons — these will all help you figure out exactly what will work best in the long run. Slow decorating will leave your room more layered and interesting than if you'd filled it up with matching furniture just to get something in there already.

Okay amateurs, how else do you think that starting from scratch in the knowledge department has actually helped you decorate better?

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