Whether you’re currently in the market for a new home or are in the thick of apartment hunting, you’ve probably got your eye on a few design features you’d love in your new space. However, some decorators have advice about the features you should avoid when it comes to having a livable design.
Of course, when we’re busy on Pinterest building our dream home, we don’t always think about how practical our style is.
That’s what we’re here for. These are some of the most impractical design styles, according to designers.
All White Everything
White is clean and makes a room come together so easily. In photos, it’s eye-catching and dynamic.
Real-life, however, is another story. If you live with children, pets, or particularly messy adults, an all-white style can get dirty quickly.
If you still love the ease of white furniture, think about getting pieces you can wash. Washable rugs, pillowcases, and throw blankets can give you that sleek look while remaining totally washable.
That Goes For The Kitchen, Too
All-white kitchens are all over Instagram. Unfortunately, they have the same downsides as your furniture.
It’s much easier to see the wear and tear your daily meals have on your kitchen, whether from spills or accidents, with white features.
Designers say that to get that bit of clean white in there, go for a crips subway tile backsplash or some white upper cabinets.
Carpet Absolutely Everywhere
Carpet is much cheaper to install than hardwood. If you have a say when it comes to your new home, skip the wall to wall carpet option.
Unlike hardwood floors, carpet tends to wear and tear over time more quickly. It’s easier to go for wood or tile and toss a throw rug over it. Especially if you have children or pets that might cause a little extra stress.
It’s one less thing you’ll have to think about replacing or spending a fortune cleaning in the future.
Wallpaper and Bathrooms
Sure, we all love a nice wallpaper. However, when it comes to the bathroom, it’s really the last place you want it.
This is particularly true in bathrooms with showers and bathtubs. The moisture will eventually get to the wallpaper causing it to bubble and peel over time.
If you still want to have that look, think about going from the removable budget version. That way, it’s not a huge issue if it comes up in the end.
Minimalism is all the rage right now, but it can definitely be overdone. Most designers believe that a house should still look lived in. Photos of your family and quirky items that speak to your personality still have a place, even in the most minimalistic house.
Decorating a home is one of the most exciting aspects of making a big move. Just make sure the ideas you have for your space make sense with your lifestyle in the end. Otherwise, you might find yourself redecorating a year or two later.