7 Bad Décor Shopping Habits to Stop Right Now
Shopping for home goods and décor is always fun—for us, at least—but just like most things, there is definitely a right and wrong way to go about purchasing items for your space. If you’ve developed any of the following bad habits, nip them in the bud now to avoid regret later.
You may love the look of that sofa or lounge chair, but unless you confirm it’s comfortable enough for family movie nights, you could be stuck with a dud upon delivery. It’s important to test seating to confirm it will function for you, especially for pieces you and your family will use frequently. If purchasing online from a store that has a brick-and-mortar location, definitely pop in for a test-run. Otherwise, buyer beware!
While it’s tempting to select fabrics and paints while in a store, be patient and bring the samples back home before buying to see how the colors actually look in your space. Impulsively purchasing gallons of sage paint because you just know it will look perfect in your home office will be a real bummer when you realize it actually looks more like mint green.
Although it might be easy and convenient, purchasing everything for your home from the same store will make your space look like a catalog—in a negative way. Instead, browse around a variety of sources from large retailers to smaller outfits to craft a more personal, custom look.
Design and décor is personal, so even though a specific item might be on sale and the salesperson assures you the piece is on-trend, if you don’t love it, don’t think twice. You are the one that needs to live in your home surrounded by your purchases so if you feel like you’re being forced into something you don’t love, back away slowly and move on.
We’re all about a collected, layered look when it comes to decorating, which is very difficult to achieve if you’re set on getting everything for your home in a single outing. It’s okay to live without a side table for a few weeks while you spend some time looking for the perfect fit. Settling for items you don’t love just because you feel you need to have everything set up right away will rarely, if ever, lead to a satisfying design.
We love finding the perfect piece at a flea market or vintage store. After all, for a great price, who could pass up a fab find? But if upon closer inspection you notice rips, tears, dings, rust, faulty wiring, or decaying wood, your great deal may end up a great disappointment. Take some time to go over vintage pieces with a fine-tooth comb and ask to plug in light fixtures so you fully understand what you’re getting before handing over the dough.
You may be able to get away with eyeballing it when hanging art or selecting throw pillow sizes, but when it comes to furniture and rugs, definitely shop already armed with the measurements of your space. It would be a real shame if the sofa you fell in love with and purchased on the spot didn’t fit through your doorway, or if you realize the vintage dining table you just spent a pretty penny on is way too small for your room.
What other bad shopping habits do you need to break? Tell us about them in the comments!