Living room couch with pillows

Photo: Eric Piasecki

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Mistake #5: Getting Everything to Go Together
"A typical mistake that people make is relying too heavily on the idea of matching. Think of decorating your home the same way you put together a fabulous outfit: Select textiles, finishes and furnishings that work together to create an interesting yet unified collection that is an honest reflection of your personal style."
— Thom Filicia, author of American Beauty: Renovating and Decorating a Beloved Retreat (Clarkson Potter)