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Feel Better! 4 Ways to End Décor Remorse

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Brian
09.12.13

Décor remorse can take many forms.

Maybe during a moment of weakness, a friend convinced you that you were a Leopard Print Person, and you now own a large leopard print sofa that just…doesn’t work. Or perhaps you bought a killer upholstered headboard that was perfect for your bedroom. But then you moved. And now, it simply doesn’t fit in your new digs. And, of course, there’s always the classic “complete change of taste” situation.

Whatever the reason, we have the solution! Here are four ways to deal with home décor regret:

1. Change the Function

A common reason people regret buying a certain home décor item – particularly furniture – is because it isn’t meeting expectations. You wanted a comfy living room sofa, but you ended up with a stiff monstrosity. You needed an all-purpose end table, but the one you purchased is too small to fit your lamp, books and tea mug all at once.

Instead of living in frustration, give the not-right piece of furniture a new job. Stick that uncomfortable sofa in a room where it won’t get as much use (like the basement). Use that tiny end table to organize your mail and keys. That difficult piece of furniture could be exactly what you need in a different spot.

2. Flex Your DIY Muscles

If the design, color or general “look” of something just isn’t working for you anymore, change it! Adding a splash of paint is always an easy, quick fix. But don’t be afraid to get more involved with adjustments. An L-shaped sofa that doesn’t fit inside a room can be cut into smaller pieces and reupholstered into smaller love seats and chairs. A table that doesn’t fit your chairs can be shortened with a little sawing action.

3. Sell It

Sometimes, a piece just won’t work. If you simply can’t handle an item living in your house anymore, calling it quits and throwing up a Craiglist ad is always an option. Plus, turning the bane of your home-décor existence into a stack of cash will feel pretty fantastic. Just remember, it’s unlikely that you’ll earn all of your money back (sometimes you may only get back a fraction of the original price). So, if your source of regret was pretty expensive, it’s worth trying to make peace before you give it the boot. Tip: If karma makes you feel better than a wad of Benjamins, consider donating instead of selling.    

4. Learn From the Mistake

You can’t go back in time and stop your purchase decision, but you can take careful note of why it happened. Do you have a soft spot for fly-by-night trends (like neon)? Kitschy knickknacks? Cute pictures of animals? Whatever your weakness, remember: liking the idea of it and actually living with it are two different things. The next time you feel tempted, use your past décor remorse as an incentive to make a better decision!

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