5 Home Items to Ditch If You Want to Be More Stylish

Styling a home is much like putting together an outfit. Some people just seem to have a knack for combining pieces that look effortlessly cool while others struggle to pinpoint what's lacking. If your home is missing that certain je ne sais quoi, Dan Mazzarini, founder of interior design collective BHDM Design, says there are few aspects worth considering.

"The first is good art—there is so much good art in the world, and not all of it is expensive," he says, noting it's the number one thing he notices when he walks into a home. As for what lets down a well-styled space? Clutter is the biggest culprit. "There is a difference between curation and collections, and clutter. Avoid the latter," he recommends.

So what sets stylish homes apart from the rest? Ahead, we quizzed Mazzarini about the outdated home design trends and the most transformative items in each room. Here's what an interior design pro notices first when he walks into a room.

Poised to update your home? Start with our edit of the best furniture and accessories to decorate like an It girl.

This story was originally published in July 2017 and updated in May 2018.