Learning from your mistakes is great, but you know what's even better? Learning from other people's mistakes—especially when decorating is concerned. Decorating mistakes can be costly to fix, especially when shipping costs or broken pieces are involved. Even the most seasoned interior designers make mistakes, so it's almost unavoidable when decorating from scratch. But we are committed to minimizing the potential of these décor faux pas here at MyDomaine, so we turned to our Instagram to ask real girls to share their worst mistake.
A few key lessons were learned: Never buy a sofa without sitting in it first, avoid poorly constructed replica furniture, and stay away from viscose rugs (especially around kids and pets). But that's not all—there are tons of other potential disasters just waiting to happen. Want to know what other mistakes should be avoided at all costs? We rounded up our favorite real-life decorating mistakes—and offered great alternative solutions to each.
"I bought this huge sectional thinking I would be able to take it to any place I moved. I'm now in the process of buying a house where it won't fit and having to sell it." — @el_oh_ellen__
"Heavy mirrors. They are a pain to hang and a safety hazard, especially with kids running around. There are so many cute lighter ones on the market." — @arielss815
"I'm very slow and thoughtful about all of my purchases as I buy quality and want it to be timeless. The only regrets I have are small items that are very trendy. I give them away to friends shortly after I buy them as I tire of them quickly." — @cestesdesign
"A set of six replica Eames chairs for our dining table. They cracked less than a year after purchase. Next chairs will be solid wood." — @visualheart
"My biggest regret is buying a dining room table because my mother urged me to. I'm almost 50 and I still succumb to pressure from my mother! I should've trusted my gut because I have never liked it. Been on the hunt for a new one lately." — @thriftyniftynest
A sofa from an online retailer that did not have a brick and mortar store, so we didn't get to sit on it until it arrived. It was so uncomfortable, we returned it immediately, which was a huge pain and we had to pay shipping costs." — @elisepod
"A Viscose rug. Viscose should never be a rug material; it's the most gorgeous but high maintenance to clean, especially with a dog and toddler!" — @jnsqofficial
"I bought an inexpensive sofa to test how we would do with white upholstery—as it was only supposed to stay around for a year. Around year two, we hated it because the poor construction made it uncomfortable but waited until year six to order a replacement. I wish we would have bought a quality sofa the first time." — @m0nicaramey
And now, the décor mistake I made at 20 that I'd never make now.