4 Quick Pieces of Advice of What Not to Do When Decorating Home

4 Quick Pieces of Advice of What Not to Do When Decorating Home

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Adrienne Breaux
Nov 1, 2014
(Image credit: Kim Lucian)

There are plenty of things to think about doing when decorating your home. And there are a lot of things you should consider not doing when filling a new apartment or house with decorative elements and furniture. This week, five things to consider avoiding.

Doing it all at once

Two house tours this week had similar great advice:

"It’s tempting to move into a space and want it to feel like it belongs on the pages of a magazine right away. Get what you need to live comfortably, and then take your time to really curate the rest — even if it takes you years, like it has for me!" — Matt Anderson and Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

"Don't rush things. Take the time to get to know the space you live in. Find what works and feels right for you." — Mariana

Trying to be perfect

"Don't let perfect be the enemy of good. My biggest DIY meltdown resulted from having to re-paint the office desk (an Ikea hack) three times. In retrospect, the first coat of paint was just fine." — Esther Hahn, Brendan Cooney

Mass-produced decor (when possible)

"Be conscious of where your furnishings are coming from. Try to only buy things that you absolutely love and see yourself owning for years to come. Avoid mass-produced items and cheaply made plastics as much as possible. Go for handmade, locally sourced, or vintage items instead. Keep your place tidy and make sure all your hangers match." — Janice Erlacher

Buying only to match

"Buy things you like rather than buying just to match. It all goes together in the end." — Kai Avent-deLeon and Dan Solomito

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