45 Home Decor Mistakes Everyone Over 45 Should Avoid

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As we age, our interests change. While some may love cartoons as a kid, that doesn’t mean they'll still adore the same shows as an adult. It’s good that a person's interests change because it’s a sign of growing up. However, one of the biggest mistakes we make as we grow older is not listening to home décor advice. When we're younger, it’s about accumulating furniture, but most of it is cheap and worn down. Eventually, there will be at a point in life when a person can buy their own stuff.

The tough part about that is that beautiful homes can fall prey to a handful of décor mistakes that are unique to those that are over the age of 45. We know that designing a house to look like a Better Homes and Gardens magazine is incredibly tough, mostly because it’s hard to keep it up while also living there. Your home isn’t staged! Keeping it in an immaculate state seems harder than just living, but it affects your mood.

Some mistakes we make over the age of 45 make our home look…well, old. Instead of being beautiful, they begin to scream “senior.” Not that it's a bad thing, but if you’re looking to change your home, these are some things that you can do to update your look. Instead of looking like the 1950s, you can do these 45 things for a more modernized appearance. From your living room to the bedroom, we’re covering it all!

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It used to be commonplace to have a beach-themed bedroom or bathroom in the home, but this extravagant decorating style looks tacky today.

Employing an Out-of-Place Theme in a Room

If you want to incorporate elements from the beaches of Sardinia or the mountains of Montana, you should do it very sparingly. Consider a teal-and-white theme to represent the beach or a rustic wood dresser to evoke a ski lodge.

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