Decorating Don'ts: Designers Share War Stories and Solutions

See what HGTV designers say are the worst faux pas, and get tips for fixing them.

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”You can never go wrong when you decorate with personal style,” says designer Angelo Surmelis. “Taking a room that has a neutral color palette and adding items from your travels, family pieces, and unique finds is a really simple way to make that room more interesting without having to commit to a bold use of color or the latest design trend. Making a statement with design doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go completely out of your comfort zone. Just challenge that zone a bit.

Great decor is less about money and more about how you define your space through unique touches. Partner your comfortable, readily available sofa with a personally-refinished coffee table from a flea market. Reupholster the comfy yard-sale-find chair with inexpensive remnant fabric. Add a new piece of furniture to your well-worn collection to breathe new life to the room and don’t be afraid to mix a style or two. Having a room that is all one decor style can feel a bit dull sometimes. Adding just one key piece that is different in style can make everything else feel that much more special.”

Always, remember to have fun with this. Design is not an exact science. There is more than one way to "get it right."

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