DON’T BUY MATCHING CASEGOODS
What does this mean? Don’t buy the entire set, as in the Palmer nightstand, Palmer dresser, Palmer mirror and Palmer bed frame. Mix it up! You can have matching nightstands but that is it (and even those can be different). It will give the room more depth and keep it from looking like you ordered page 37 of the Pottery Barn catalog.
DON’T BE AFRAID OF MIXING METALS
What? I know we just fully embraced black and brown, but you can 100% mix metals. Our new house has punches of brushed nickel AND brass. That’s right. Don’t feel married to one tone.
DON’T BUY POSTAGE STAMP ART
This may be my biggest pet peeve. Do not buy tiny art. Go big or go home. Airing on the large side rather than smaller will always work out better.
DON’T BUY TINY RUGS
Another pet peeve. Your living room rug should not look like a door mat. Always air on the bigger size. If you can fit an 8′ x 10′ then definitely go for it.
DON’T PAINT EVERY WALL
If we’re being honest, even accent walls aren’t a thing anymore. Each room gets 1 color. Really, just one. I don’t understand when people paint upwards of 3 and 4 colors in a room… I mean, what is the plan here?
DON’T PUT JUNK OVER YOUR CABINETS
You’ve heard this one from me before, but I’m not kidding. Don’t put anything above your kitchen cabinets. It’s not a storage ledge. Strive to keep things nice and neat. It’s not an area to call attention to.
DON’T COPY YOUR FRIENDS HOME (OR A CATALOG)
Your home should reflect your family and your taste. It also needs to look lived in. Don’t copy someone’s style or get everything out of a vignette you saw in a magazine. At the end of the day, that’s boring. Be original and don’t be afraid to express your own taste. After all, you’re the one living there, right?
Header image via DBK