Expensive Design Mistakes to Avoid

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Style is a personal preference, so there are not necessarily any concrete right or wrong decorating rules to follow. However, there are a few mistakes that people commonly say they wish they wouldn't have made. These are the expensive mistakes that you really kick yourself for later. Now, you may absolutely love some of these mistakes. Then again, you may be incredibly grateful for the tips, so you can avoid them.

  • Installing a Fireplace - You dream of having a warm fire to relax next to, so you have one installed. Then, you realize the smoke is triggering your child's allergies and asthma, you hate washing soot off the walls, and you are tired of dealing with wasps and mice in your woodpile. Not to mention, you have a hard time selling your home because folks today don't want something that is harmful to the environment. Do yourself a favor and buy a stylish freestanding fireplace instead. These eco-friendly options burn bio ethanol, which is odorless and smoke-free.
  • Shutters in the Kitchen - There is no denying that plantation shutters can give a space a sophisticated vibe, and they do a great job of blocking the heat in the summer and drafts in the winter. However, many say they regret getting them in the kitchen, and end up removing them. This is the one room you really want natural light pouring in. Roman blinds are an outstanding alternative.
  • Not Properly Lining up Wallpaper - Wallpaper is definitely making a comeback, and is available in a ton of modern and refreshing patterns. Far too often folks don't take the time to really line up the pattern when they apply each piece. It may seem like being just a hair off wouldn't make a difference, but it really will, especially if there are several seams not lined up. Take an extra few minutes to do it right.
  • Buying Furniture Based on Appearance - Obviously, you have to like the way furniture looks to buy it. However, it is even more important that you buy for your lifestyle. That white sectional may be beautiful, but if you are a red wine drinker and have kids and pets you will likely regret your decision within a day. If you have a small living space and never do any entertaining, don't feel the need to cram a sofa in there you probably don't need. A loveseat or large bean bag is all you likely need, and you will have a lot more living space to enjoy, so you don't feel like you are living in cramped quarters.

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  • Brady Draper