Five Controversial Decor Items (And Why You May Want Them)

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People can be judgy, but don't let the haters keep you from having what you really want in your home. Here are five infamous items and why you might just want them after all.

1. Wall-to-wall carpet— Carpet may have been on the design outs the past decade or so but it seems to be poised for a bit of a comeback, and more importantly, how much do you think you'll enjoy those concrete floors during a middle-of-the-night bathroom run in January? Hardwood is hot, but let's face it, carpet is comfortable. It's warm, absorbs sound and even insulates your room.

2. Cowhide rugs— On the outrage spectrum, from full-on fur to a leather boot, a cowhide seems to fall somewhere in the middle for most people, yet is understandably a no-go for some. My (vegetarian by the way) two-cents take is this: it's graphic, it's organic and it's low-profile. If you aren't anti-hide, it can be a durable choice - so, if you like it, go for it.

3. Fake plants— For those of us (I'm guilty) who will never keep a houseplant alive for more than a week, fake plants may be the only way we'll ever get the color and texture of plants into our space. Fakes have come a long way, but use them sparingly and remember, dusty leaves are not your friends.

4. Painted wood— Want your bureau a different color? You can — it belongs to you! Don't let fear of the wood-purists keep you from realizing your DIY vision. Just remember that it's usually a one-way street. Form a clear plan before taking the plunge because, without miles of sandpaper, there's no turning back.

5. Reproductions of famous works of art— There's no rule that says you can only decorate with original art. If you love Monet (and that pesky museum is still rejecting your loan request), there's no reason you have to live without his water lilies in your life. While posters can feel a little dorm-room-depressing, done right, a framed poster or reproduction can look great and remind you of the art you love so much. Just nix the sticky tack, okay?

What do you think? Which eschewed items do you still love?

-Re-edited from a post originally published 6/10/2014 - DF