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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!


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46 Responses

  1. ~K~ says:

    My biggest pet peeve is People who don't pay attention to what they are posting and where thus they post in the wrong section (i.e. Paula rants) READ THE CAPTION AT THE TOP! Geesh!
    Having said that,
    I really dislike rooms that have NO interesting elements. Rooms that are matchy-matchy and look like each design piece is clued in place = Predictable & B-o-r-i-n-g~ I like rooms to be designed but inviting and interesting.

  2. ~K~ says:

    ~ IMHO, a GREAT decorator/designer makes a room look fabulous, NOT "decorated". That's what you do to Christmas tree's not a home. :)

  3. marilyn says:

    sloppiness!! Anything not with clean lines drive me nuts!! I like antique and mission style furniture because of the lines

  4. Periodperfect says:

    Just watched Home with Novogratz. They hung a US flag as a curtain! I don't understand how the designers think it is okay to use the US flag as fabric for decorations. HGTV needs to school their decorators on flag etiquette. The flag is not a tablecloth nor a curtain.

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