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.

  • Peach wicker, anyone? Please don’t.
  • "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," says Angelo Surmelis, Rate My Space.
  • In the Design Star Season 4 premiere, judge Genevieve Gorder wasn't a fan of the small clock hanging on this large bedroom wall.
  • In Season 2 of Design Star, "Sparkle" Josh created this focal point art piece using compact mirrors from a discount store.
  • Family photos are a great way to personalize a room; just don’t overdo it.
  • Strive to create vignettes with your favorite things. Design by Luis Caicedo.
  • This bedroom has a poster bed with lace fabric on top, floral bedding and pillows, wooden nightstands with lamps, gray chairs, and a gray carpet.
  • There is room for a welcoming sleeping space even in a 400-square-foot Manhattan loft. Design by Luis Caicedo.
  • Don’t arrange all of a room's furniture to face the television or one wall.
  • Create zones in a large room. Consider how you live and take advantage of views and interior focal points. Design by Donovan Swick.
  • A home office comprised of four walls and a desk is not a very comfortable or inspiring workspace.
  • A home office that truly makes everyone feel at home. Design by Donovan Swick.
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