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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“Here in Manhattan or elsewhere as a matter of fact, one of the best exercises one can do is to edit, edit, edit!” says designer Luis Caicedo. “That way, you are surrounded by the pieces that matter to you and love the most. Getting rid of stuff every so often not only is good for your space, but for your soul and the way you live.

“The best way to edit may be a mix of 50% emotional and 50% rational/practical. Really choose what you love, get rid of what you just carry around for the sake of it, and store what is (2nd tier) important, or you are not ready to get rid of just yet. There is nothing more luxurious than time and space! Even in the smallest rooms, make sure to create ‘empty spaces’ to let your eye rest and to let your objects breathe. You can appreciate things better when there is room around them and they don’t get lost in a sea of stuff.

"I really advise [you] to rotate your things! That way you have a 'new environment' as often as you wish and you will fall in love with some of your belongings once again. Good for your space, good for your soul!”