Few things can cheapen a space more quickly than mass production prints and artwork. Flat, reproduction prints - especially from the more well-known artist like Picasso, Monet, Matisse, or Van Gogh - don't add any hint of originality to a space but instead can make a room look boring and weary. Same with generic reproduction "art" that is sold in bundles or is stacked in bins in most home decorating stores.
Thanks to site such as Etsy and Artfire, it is possible to afford original artwithin almost any budget. And if you have a streak of DIY in you, you can very easily and frugally create your own original artwork for your home.
So avoid the hotel look and forgo any art sold in big box stores, and leave the Masters where they belong - in a museum. Instead, choose affordable yet original art for your home.
2. Furniture Sets
I know it's easy to go into a big box store and purchase an entire bedroom set, but trust the decorator, you don't enhance a home by doing so.
Furniture created and sold in sets is usually lacking in quality and suffers from tremendous mark-ups, and unless you live in a square furniture showroom, rarely works well in the space that it is intended for.
Mixing and matching styles, fabrics, and woods is a creative way to decorate on a budget and also tends to make a home look fabulous. If you forgo the ease of furniture sets and use a little creativity instead, you're likely to wind up with furniture that you love that is infused with quality and class, and nothing is wrong with that!
3. Navajo White
4. Cutesy Decor
There are unfortunately things in this world like bunny figurines, owl clocks, nautical towel bars with sailboat wall brackets, quote art in Curlz script, flower power decals, and other awful things that one can find to put in a home.
Some of these items would be fine used sparingly in a little girl's room, but most belong in grandmother's attic. To keep a home looking fresh and elegant,