1) Art work that isn't the right size for the wall
|What's the tiny thing next to the door? This simply will not do.|
|Much better, no?|
2) Rooms that are too 'matchy', AKA 'theme rooms'
|Something is not right! Something is quite wrong!|
|I know. There's a lot going on here. But isn't it exciting?!? There's so much to look at! |
3) Lack of pattern and texture
|Good bones but too white! And too sparse! And PLEASE buy an accent rug!|
|Rooms don't require bright colors to add depth. These neutral colors emphasize the subtle patterns.|
4) The 'Build a Room' Technique
|This room is lovely but seriously lacks personality.|
|I love the variety of style and substance in this dining room.|
Last but not least...
5) Design TrendsHey, I love faux bois, coral and cardboard antlers as much as the next girl but if you have too many trendy items all at once, it begins to feel like you decorated with a list. Danish Modern console? Check. Eames Chair? Check. Birch Tree Wallpaper? In every room. I'm not saying I'm against any of these things or that I haven't fallen for at least three trends every single year but there is a line that must be drawn somewhere. Your home should be a reflection of you and your style and tastes.Who else has your taste? No one, that's who.
Let's also be honest here: sometimes we buy stuff because it is fashionable, not because it necessarily fits us. (Ahem, Skinny Jeans) God knows I love me some rainbow-colored bookshelves but they are not for everyone or for every room. While they might look amazing against your white walls, surrounded by your neutral couch and love seat, they would look completely out of place in my living room, where they would compete with the other colors and patterns in the room. Also? Don't waste your money on something that you might get sick of in a year or two once it goes out of fashion. Books can be rearranged and that lucite chair from Ikea can be sold on Craiglist but that coat rack with a giant mustache on it that was on virtually every blog ever? In another six months no one is going to want that shit. Your tastes will change from time to time but unless you can afford to redecorate as often as you replace your toothbrush, I'd stick to stuff you know you will want to have around for forever. And by 'forever' I mean 'until you have to move and decide to overhaul your entire style from scratch'.
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