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Open House Recap: Your Decorating Don'ts, Part I

Open House Recap: Your Decorating Don'ts, Part I

For a new CasaSugar feature called Open House, I took some inspiration from Domino's Top 10 Decorating Don'ts and asked you guys to share your biggest no-nos. Thanks to all of you who added your two cents!

There are some great bits of wisdom here — so many that I had to split the recap into two parts. I particularly love this tip from Sweet Adeline: "Do not purchase art for your walls because it matches your present decor. Buy what you like and you will enjoy it forever!" Tune in tomorrow for Part II, and to see the first 10 decorating don'ts,

  • ProperGray: I'd say a decorating don't is getting too caught up in "matching" rules. Beautiful design can come about from the juxtaposition of two contrast colors, prints textures or styles.
  • DesignMilk: Don't buy everything from one store!
  • Cindee_rella: Matching bedroom set furniture, i.e. bed, vanity, night stands.
  • Nomerz: Don't do something just because it's trendy.
  • WhiplashGirlchild: Don't feel that it's necessary to shove all the furniture up against the wall.
  • JHuck: Do whatever will make you happy even if others say don't. It's your room and you're the one who is going to live in it.
  • Jem: Do not use the same patterned wallpaper, curtains, sheets, and duvet cover in one room — unless you are a heritage bed and breakfast.
  • Urbanrosed: Don't just set up your living room with the TV as the focal point; let it be a place for people.
  • JustMe21: I like my furniture to match. When you have a dark wood piece and a light wood piece in the same room, it just doesn't mesh with me.
  • Littleedie: Absolutely no reproduction prints on the walls — for example, reproduction vintage travel posters, botanical drawings, perfume advertisements, etc. It's always possible to find the real thing on eBay or elsewhere with a small amount of effort.
Join The Conversation
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
Hey ktacce, original doesn't necessarily mean a famous masterpiece ;-) I just bought a painting from a guy set up at a street fair and I'm in love with it! Plus, it feels good to support local artists.
melda melda 9 years
thanks really good ideas
ktacce ktacce 9 years
sometimes you have to get a reproduction peice. i certainly cannot afford a real cezanne - on or off ebay! ;)
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Good points!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
Great advice people!
sgdish sgdish 9 years
Do not go to one of those "buy the whole room" places where you get everything that "goes" together. Besides being boring and usually cheaply made, it offers no personality. Most furniture stores will offer some free design help if you purchase something from them, so if you aren't creative, get help!
studio524 studio524 9 years
This is a great list! City Girl -- You took the words right out of my mouth.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
Personally, I'm not a big fan of wall-to-wall carpeting in common rooms (like living/dining rooms) and ESPECIALLY not in bathrooms and kitchens. I guess they can be okay in bedrooms but I always prefer hardwood with nice area carpets. I also agree with the commnent about reproduction prints--original is the way to go! And on that note, I don't much like repro anything, including styles of furniture (like Queen Anne, for example).
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i like the one about reproduction stuff - especially the faux canvas things at IKEA! they cost the same amount as real art - why not go to an art school and buy something from a student who could use the money?!
My-Opinion My-Opinion 9 years
Very good points, all of them. I just recently purchased a painting because it just kept me coming back to look at it and I didn't even consider whether or not it would match my furniture and I find myself staring at it all the time! :D
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Thanks! My goodness, I'm blushing! :oops:
chancleta chancleta 9 years
Whiplash as usual is brilliant!
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