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Open House: What Are Your Design Pet Peeves?

In my slideshow of the top 10 worst decorating mistakes, I covered design failures that are simply inexcusable — no ifs, ands, or buts. But seeing as decorating is all about taste, it's a very subjective field. There are plenty of design choices that I certainly wouldn't recommend or that even make me cringe, but at the same time I wouldn't call them mistakes. It's sort of a "to each his own" kind of thing.
For instance, I think the color maroon is absolutely foul, regardless of how it is used — but a color really can't be wrong. I also would never, ever put fake flowers in my house, although I will admit I have seen some that could pass for pretty. What are your design pet peeves? Do you hate stripes? Are you anti all-white rooms? Tell me by commenting below!

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kayleigh83 kayleigh83 7 years
i dislike cold, austere looking rooms. i like rooms that look warm, comfortable and lived in. it's about finding a balance. my boyfriend prefers heavier and more masculine furniture with dark colours and defined lines, so i try to break that up with gentle decor that has nature inspired finishes, so it's not all harsh, all the time.
Zyada Zyada 7 years
What I really dislike is sea/fish decor in bathrooms. It's showing that you have less than no imagination. (Although I must confess that I have a small series of cooking/gardening pictures in my kitchen. But at least that isn't as overwhelmingly obvious as fish in a bathroom)
mletrav mletrav 7 years
Also anything too "matchy matchy," especally furniture sets, like the ones they give away on the Price is Right.
mletrav mletrav 7 years
Rainey-4-Pres Rainey-4-Pres 7 years
OoOoh pinknc, nice avatar! even tho we are doing less than stellar this year : (
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
I don't like a room with large chunky furniture in it, with drapes of this and that all over it, like numerous throw pillows and small quilts. I think that begins to make the room look tacky and junky. Large rooms don’t need furniture in every corner and in the middle. Sometimes less is best. I don’t think a lot of photos on one wall look that great either, depending on the room. Some people put large gaudy artwork on the walls and it looks awful. It’s not warm when you walk in the room because the humongous hideous artwork smacks you in the face too soon. And I don’t want anything crochet in my home.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
When the cardinal rule (form follows function) is broken. When this happens, that's the definition of poor design.
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