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We talk amongst ourselves a lot here on the blog (hello, Defend the Trend dishfests), but we’re always looking to hear more from decorators, designers and design enthusiasts. Aka, you! That’s why we’re taking to Twitter with our burning style questions. If you’re not already getting updates from @hgtv and @hgtvdecorating, follow us today. And talk back to us — you never know, your Twitter insights could wind up on the blog.

This week, we wanted to know: What’s Your Biggest Design Pet Peeve?

I was expecting answers like avocado green bath fixtures or shag carpeting, but as it turns out, most of you seem to be annoyed by matching, whether it be in colors or furniture sets:

matching pink bedroom

(You’re probably hating this picture right now.)

“Having a very monochromatic room without any contrasting pieces. Can you say overkill?” -@KreatveCreatnz

“It drives me crazy when everything matches. Have a little fun and switch things up a little! Throw some color around!” -@EndlesslyJenn

“going too overboard with themed rooms & being too ‘matchy matchy’ with colors, using diff shades is better on the eyes.” -@lindsay_lajoie

“Pet peeve….a ‘matchy-matchy’ room. Individual pieces are so much more interesting.” -@LaFuenteImports

“a space that is too matchy-matchy. Rooms should feel like they evolved over time, not purchased from a store as a ‘set’…” -@gabbi_zac

Also bugging you folks: Overcrowding (@DEMuha2500), too much texture on walls in homes with pets and kids (@mammafaus), overwhelmingly brown color palettes (@kcrox26), garages on the front of homes (@_MrsFerguson_), failure to see anything other than entry & exit (@socetious), electricians who cut holes larger than switch plate covers and outlet covers (@Blissitydoodah), when interior designers remove TVs because they don’t know how to incorporate them (@anthonycgonza), cluttered eclectic looks (@MareyPony), plastic-covered furniture (@FromWineToWhine), not replacing old, overgrown shrubs (@dsparkhill) and when decorators don’t take clients’ tastes into consideration (@GSand1804).

I feel like we’ve learned a lot about each other…and about design. Stay tuned for our next hot topic on Twitter and, hey, don’t be afraid to sound off in the comments below!

46 Responses

  1. lisa says:

    You let that other one stay on even after her flub with the cancer kid, but you fire someone for being honest about something that happened long ago. Really disliking your network. Glad there is other tv to watch from now on. Shame on you. Listen to your watchers.

  2. Roy says:

    Wow, atleast she admitted to saying what she thought a few decades ago. Does that make her a bad person? No it makes her a good person and the only ones who should apologize are the bigots at food network who are trying to ruin Paula's reputation over free speech. Some of the honorable elected and appointed officials in Washinton could take a valuable lesson from Paula when it comes to admitting the truth and owning up to it. I for one will never use Food Network again and I will be the better for it.

  3. Tom says:

    Foodnetwork needs to depose all of its chefs to learn if any of them have made a derogatory comment or used an ethnic slur at any time in their lives. If so, fire them immediately. Paula was honest, lets see if anybody else will be. Goodbye Foodnetwork!!

  4. BJ Eldridge says:

    So sorry you found the need to over react to a comment someone made when she was a child. I am very unhappy with your close minded approach and the same for Wendy Williams. I am no longer a fan of your Food Network, I will no longer use your recipes and I will not renew my subscription to Food Network magazine until I see some saneness again.

  5. HeyfromCa says:

    We love Paula. Give her a break. We all make mistakes.

  6. Linda Pittsenbarger says:

    I enjoy watching Paula!!! If every business fired everyone for something they have said that might be construed as racist, no one would be working.

  7. Randy says:

    Food Network made a huge mistake in getting rid of Paula Deen. I think the comments written here show that folks that view your network think you really made a big boo-boo in doing what you did; Paula Deen deserves much better than she got from you.

    With the loss of Paula Deen on your network I am sure many, many people will stop watching your shows and will go elsewhere and will stop using perveyors of media that carry your shows as well as thinking twice before supporting your advertisers.

    Paula has made mistakes like everyone that is human has and she has admitted that openly so maybe you should use her as an example to re-consider your knee-jerk response to this issue.

    If you are expecting your people to be "perfect", maybe we should take time and look at your network to make sure the people making the decisions have a crystal clean record and never have made any mistakes.

  8. Indiana Rose says:

    Good-By Food Network

  9. Jackie says:

    Seeing Paula dean get the shaft.

  10. Toni says:

    I definitely think you should reinstate Paula Deen's contract, with a public apology and a personal apology to her. This kind of petty, PC crap has gone too far!!!! I will also not be watching the Food Network from now on, not until you have rehired her.

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...

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