What's Your Biggest Design Regret?

Three years ago, my husband and I replaced the threadbare carpet in two bedrooms in our house with beautiful, ivory-colored, thick, wool Berber carpet. It looked gorgeous, for about 6 months. Now, it's stained and worn. For a family with a toddler, a dog, and revolving door of house guests and visitors, it was the wrong color choice, by a long shot.

Ideally, we would have installed wood floors, but they were a bad choice at the time for several reasons. Before we chose the color, we talked about the possiblity of stains, but decided it would be okay until we moved (since we don't plan on living here indefinitely). Alas, it looks terrible, although we don't wear shoes in our home, vacuum often, and have had it professionally cleaned several times. It's the one major design choice I regret in our home, and I regret it weekly. Carpets aside, the rooms are lovely, but the stains drive me bonkers.

So I'm curious — What's your biggest design regret? A paint color you decided to live with and now loathe? A dresser you didn't buy at an antique fair and wished you had? Your regret can be big or small, I'm just in the mood for a little commiseration.

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Kathleen is a freelance editor who lives in Chicago. She loves eclectic rooms, traveling with her family, and feeding anyone who steps foot in her house. She theoretically hates clutter, but can’t stop buying books and craft supplies.