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7 Pinterest Decor Trends You Should Avoid

Chevron

Chevron

Chevron is so 2013, but for some reason, people are still using it on throw pillows, accent walls, and a multitude of other home decor pieces. There are so many other beautiful patterns that you should check out instead, such as floral, plaid, herringbone, houndstooth, animal, and geometric. These won’t go out of style nearly as quickly.

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"Keep Calm and ... "

"Keep Calm and ... "

You can finish this phrase with anything from, “Dance in the Rain” to “Eat a Donut,” but none of these sayings should find their way into your home. A better idea is to simply create a painting that has the words “Dance in the Rain” or “Eat a Donut” on it, and forget about the first part altogether because it has become a terrible cliche. Keep Calm and Forget This Trend Ever Existed.

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Wooden Palettes

Wooden Palettes

You can make all kinds of furniture from free, old wooden palettes, including bookshelves, headboards, and coffee tables.  Unfortunately, these pallets can contain E. Coli and other bacteria, which makes this Pinterest fad not worth it. You can buy new pallets if you want, but that kind of defeats the purpose of making something with free, decent-quality wood. What should you instead then, you ask? Buy old, high-quality furniture from yard sales or thrift shops and refinish it. You’ll save a bundle (and your health)!

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Color-Dipped Furniture

Color-Dipped Furniture

Don’t get us wrong, we love the idea of color dipping. But not color dipping furniture. Remember that this is still a trend, and trends nearly always go out of style within a couple of years. You want your furniture to remain relevant and classic for many years to come, so if you have the urge to color dip, stick with bowls, vases, and mirrors instead of your pricey dressers and dining room tables. 

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Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard Paint

People paint their walls, fridges and other items with chalkboard paint. While it’s a good idea in theory, once people actually start drawing or writing on these surfaces, it looks rather messy and smudged (nothing like the photos on Pinterest). A chic alternative is to paint your wall or fridge a pattern, such as wide, bold black-and-gold stripes that will stay in pristine condition much longer than chalkboard paint. 

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Mason Jars

Mason Jars

Everyone loves a good mason jar craft, but it’s easy to overdo it and use mason jars for literally everything. They’re fine for a few crafts, but they can become boring if you don’t use any other kind of vessel for your decor. Variety is the spice of life, so try to mix it up in your household by using tin cans and wine bottles for vases, makeup brush holders, and candle holders. 

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Paint Chips

Paint Chips

We get it. Paint chips are free at just about every hardware store, but that's no excuse to hop on this bandwagon. When this trend first started out, the calendars were kind of cute, but now it’s gotten out of hand, and we have all kinds of paint chip art that looks cheap and tacky. If you like the idea of decorating with ready-made bits of color, find gold or silver poster board, cut out some circles, and use those instead. They’re more subtle and classy.

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