Hi , everyone .
My name is Arvin Olano and welcome to my youtube channel .
So nobody asked .
But in today's video , I am sharing 10 things that you should stop doing to your house .
And don't worry if you're already doing some of these mistakes , I'm going to be sharing my top tips and tricks on how you can fix them .
The first thing they should stop doing to your house is hanging mirrors that look like windows .
Who are you trying to fool ?
You are not fooling anyone with that girl .
We know it's not a real window and I get it .
You might have a space or a room that doesn't have much light or windows .
I actually was searching on Instagram for inspiration for this video .
And when I'm telling you , I saw so many photos of fake windows girl .
No , no , no .
Instead of hanging a fake window , go ahead and just get a beautifully crafted mirror .
This will not only open up the space and give you that effect that you're looking for of bringing in more light , it looks like there's a window there , but it's actually thoughtfully designed .
It doesn't look kitschy .
It doesn't look , you can't go wrong with a simple and elegant mirror .
You can even go for something that's round , something abstract in shape or a beautiful gilded style mirror .
I'll link some of my favorites down below that are super affordable .
I actually found them on Amazon recently .
The next thing that you should stop doing in your home is Matchy .
Matchy accent colors .
This is when you pick maybe like a red accent wall and then you have a red accent pillow with the exact same color and then you have like a chair next to it .
That's in the exact same color .
No , OK .
Do not do this to your homes because there's just no transition color that's happening in between ladies .
I want you to think about when you're doing your eyeshadow .
Let's say you're gonna do like a purple smoky eye .
You're not just going to put a bright purple eye shadow on your lids and call it a day .
We don't do that .
You put a transition color in the middle , you put the darker color in the outer corner and then you put a highlight in your inner tear ducts , right ?
And you blend them all together .
You do little windshield wiper moment , right ?
Because you want those colors to blend seamlessly and you want it to have that smoky effect .
You want to think about the same concept for your home , especially if you're doing an accent color .
You want to blend your colors together .
You don't want just a strong color on one side and the same matching color in the end , you want something in between to blend them together when you do something with color and you do it right .
It can look really good .
So don't think I'm like hating on color .
I think just most people get it wrong .
So the next thing that you should stop doing to your home is trying to make it look like your favorite show rooms .
Just , just stop .
Let's just stop it right there .
A showroom is not a home .
Nobody lives like that .
If you're watching this video , you're probably like a regular person like me and you don't live in a showroom .
Showrooms are meant to give you inspiration and give you ideas .
Do you really want to have your guests come to your home and say , wow , your house looks like a pottery barn or do you want your guests to come and say , wow , this is Arvin's home .
This is so beautiful .
You tell me , OK , and the easy way to fix this issue is to stop buying all the things that look like .
It's from a singular showroom mix and match your pieces .
There is an endless amount of possibility of getting inspiration , furniture pieces decor than just one showroom .
Life is more than just making your home look like a pottery barn .
The next thing that you should stop doing to your home is overloading that texture .
I'm speaking to design styles other than boho and eclectic .
And if you have those styles , you can do whatever you want , you can have your textured rug , you can have your tapestries .
But if you're not any of those two styles , there is such a thing as too much texture .
Texture adds this like tactile element , right ?
When you see something that's textured , you want to like touch it .
But if you have like a shag rug and then a tassel pillow and then a tapestry pillow and then you have like a woven pom pom blanket , right ?
There's just a lot of texture happening and there's no balance .
It looks very heavy on the eye , but think about match something that has a smooth surface with something textured .
You don't want it to just be heavy all the way throughout because it just could look a little messy .
What do you want ?
What is it ?
So the next thing that you should definitely stop doing to your home is painting those accent arches .
You know what I'm talking about ?
You might have seen it on tiktok , you might have seen it on Instagram and I get it if you're painting an arch over your headboard or your bedroom , right ?
Because you get that like effect of an arch headboard .
Those are OK , like I'm not mad at those , but I'm seeing them now everywhere they're in the dining room they're in the TV room literally where your TV is and it just , it just feels very disjointed and I , I see where you're trying to go with this accent wall .
You want to do a little color , you want to add maybe like an illusion of an architectural detail .
But the issue that I'm having is now that it's becoming like super trendy , people are kind of going kind of bananas with this trend .
They're painting arches everywhere where it doesn't belong .
I've seen arches painted over like a door and it doesn't look good .
You guys , it just does , does not look good .
If you want to add an arched element to your room , do it with a mirror , do it with a furniture piece , maybe do it through accessories .
Don't just paint random arches into your homes , you guys , because sometimes it just doesn't make sense .
It doesn't look good .
The next thing that you should stop doing to your home is over decorating your surfaces .
I get , you're trying to get like maybe a cozy vibe by having layers and textures .
I get that .
I love a good cozy moment .
But when you're decorating , you want to think about that visual breathing space .
If there is decor and clutter in every square inch of your surfaces , it's just gonna look messy .
It's gonna look unintentional and an easy way to fix that is to follow the rule of threes .
This is a go to decorating tip any time I'm doing a vignette when you're pairing your objects together , pair them in groups of threes , think about three different height levels .
Three different textures maybe .
Or you can even keep three similar looking items , but just make sure they're different heights .
That way your eyes are looking at something visually interesting .
And when you are looking at that surface space out your decor , you don't want everything to be smashed together because then it can look cluttered .
If there's at least some space in between your decor , you're creating this breathing room , you're creating this negative space for your eyes to be like , ok , I'm seeing some Decor .
It's nice and then there's some Decor over there and trust me , it's going to instantly elevate your space .
It's not gonna look cluttered , it's gonna look designed , it's gonna look chic , it's gonna look expensive .
So stop putting Decor on surfaces that just don't need them .
Just stop it , just stop it .
The next thing that we all need to stop doing to our homes are themed rooms .
We don't need a beach house sign .
We don't need sea shells .
We don't need the farmers market sign when you're doing a themed room don't go overboard because it just , it doesn't take a genius to be like , ok , I'm in a coastal space or ok , I'm in like a farmhouse space .
You don't need to overload on the accessories , but instead think about just a nod to coastal .
So maybe you're taking inspiration from the colors of the ocean , right ?
And maybe you have like a hint of a seashell or a vase that looks like a seashell .
Let's make it more modern , I think themed rooms are cool when done , right ?
And in moderation and the way to do that is to really just pair it back all the way .
The next thing that we need to stop doing to our home is buying fake scented products .
What I mean by that is like a candle that smells like apple pie .
Ok , let's stop going to a Yankee candle and buying those scents .
They smell cheap .
They don't smell real , they just like they're very artificial , right ?
When you think about your home , you want it to smell elegant and sophisticated , luxurious think of scents like like eucalyptus , Ylang , Ylang rose , those really natural beautiful scents .
One of my favorite ways to send a home is a diffuser .
This one is by , it's one of my favorite things .
It's actually their new um cordless diffuser .
So I can literally like walk around my house and sent the entire home and look how strong this is .
Do you see all of that ?
Um I'll link this down below for you because it's one of my favorite new things .
I also have a code you can save 20% off and then my favorite essential oil is Santal .
It's a very luxurious like hotel like scent and I'll link it for you as well because it's , it's b now if you don't like diffusing , I have a candle favorite .
That's super affordable .
Also a santal scent .
It's like $20 on Amazon .
I got you queen .
I'll link it down below for you .
That way your homes can smell beautiful .
It feels sophisticated , like , like an adult lives here .
The next thing that we should definitely stop doing in our homes is overcrowding .
Our sofas .
I'm seeing this all over social media .
The sofa is beautiful but there are tons of square pillows and they're all the same size girl .
That is not how you layer your pillows , make sure that your pillows are kind of like facing a 45 degree angle .
You don't want it to be like this , right ?
Like what am I supposed to do with that ?
I'm it's gonna be so uncomfortable if I try to sit on it like that .
You want it to be at an angle like that .
That way your sofa doesn't feel crowded , it doesn't feel fussy .
Stop buying the same exact size pillows .
I'm seeing it all over Instagram .
You guys , it's driving me nuts , it's driving me crazy .
So next time you're doing your pillow plan , make sure you work your way from the back to the front , the largest in the back , smallest in the front .
It's like taking a nice little school picture .
The tallest people always go in the back and the shortest people like me go in the front where we can all look pretty .
So the last thing that you need to stop doing to your home is buying the wrong sized rug .
Rugs are crucial for any space .
It's probably the largest piece in your space other than your sofa .
So you want to make sure you get it right when a rug is too small , it just dwarfs your space .
It feels like your furniture is just kind of like floating on the floor .
Let's think about it this way , your rug is like a little resting point for your furniture .
They all need to be on it .
When it comes to rugs .
You just want to make sure that you're measuring out your space , right ?
Get your painters tape and the bigger the better , right ?
Am I right ?
All right , everyone .
That was it for me today .
Thank you so much for watching .
I hope you enjoyed this video and if you did make sure you sound off in the comments down below and if you disagree with any of these things , let me know .
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Bye everyone .