7 Home Decor Items That Might Be Making Your Space Look Cheap

Today's video is all about helping you avoid some common home decor mistakes. These are just my suggestions to help you identify areas in your home that you might want to improve. Let's get started!

1. Bonded Leather Furniture

This type of furniture might look like leather, but it's actually made from scrap leather and polyurethane mixed with paper backing. It can easily peel or flake over time.

My suggestion: Invest in real leather furniture. It's strong, flexible, and lasts a long time. Plus, it develops a beautiful patina over the years.

2. Wood Paneling

Wood paneling was a popular choice in the past because it was easier to install than drywall. The problem? It can make your space look dated and cheap.

My suggestion: If you can, take the plunge and replace the paneling with drywall.

If that's not an option right now, paint the paneling. A fresh coat of paint can brighten the space and make it feel more updated.

3. Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are a type of window treatment with narrow horizontal slats.

They're not very stylish and can be a safety hazard for young children.

Really, they are just a step up from paper blinds which are only used as a temporary measure.

My suggestion: Replace your mini blinds with roller shades or dual roller shades.

Redesign Recommends!

Upgrade your window with these recommended roller shades that Amazon reviewers swear by!

Roller shades offer a clean look and come in various opacity levels.

4. Drop Ceilings

Drop ceilings consist of panels that hang below the main ceiling. They're typically used in commercial spaces, but some homes have them too, usually in utility spaces.

The problem is, they can make a space look unfinished.

My suggestion: Invest in having your ceilings drywalled in your main living areas. Leave the drop ceilings for utility rooms where they're more functional.

5. Wall-to-Wall Carpet

Wall-to-wall carpeting was once very popular, but it's not as common these days.

Carpet can trap dirt, allergens, and moisture.

My suggestion: Consider luxury vinyl plank flooring instead.

Luxury vinyl plank looks like wood, but it's water-resistant, durable, and doesn't trap allergens.

6. Tiffany Light Fixtures

Tiffany lamps, with their stained glass shades, were popularized in the late 1800s.

While they can be classic, they can also make your space look dated.

My suggestion: If you want a classic look with a modern twist, consider mid-century modern lighting. It's a timeless design that's on-trend.

7. Poor Craftsmanship

This applies to everything in your home. Poor craftsmanship can make even the most expensive items look cheap. For example, crown molding with misaligned seams or poorly installed tile can bring down the entire look of a space.

My suggestion: Don't skimp on quality craftsmanship. If you can't afford to have something done right now, wait until you can.

Do you have any other home decor items you think cheapen the look of a space? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Join the conversation
2 of 19 comments
  • Honey Bee Honey Bee 5 days ago
    I got rid of the mini blinds a few years ago and replaced them with these curtains. I don’t miss the mini blinds at all. They never lasted long and always seemed to get messed up.
    comment photo
  • Mjp107329753 Mjp107329753 5 days ago
    Pet peeves: So tired of SS appliances, granite counters, open kitchen shelving, and stark white/grey everything. It's so overused and too cold-looking & feeling that it already looks outdated. Why someone wants their space to look like a sterile doctor's office or commercial space is beyond me. Your home should make you feel welcomed and cozy. It's your safe space, a place to relax and release. Lastly, over-decorating with almost every surface loaded up with chotskies. Please, pare it down. I did replace the mini blind in our bedroom with a double-cell, semi-blackout, no cord, pull-up/pull-down blind, Best thing I did. It gives us plenty of privacy & ventilation with the window open and a thin profile when the blind is fully open.