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The Furniture you Should Avoid Buying for your Home

I saw a blogger post on social media a few weeks ago that interiors trends were bad for you. Naturally, when I saw this, I gasped out loud and clutched my imaginary pearls. For a homewares lover like me, I adore trends and I embrace them with gusto. I love to see what trends are working their way into the market and what trends and slowly fading away.

I think the point the blogger was trying to make was about over-consumption, and not buying endless amounts of decor you don’t really want. That concept, I’m totally on board with. I’ve posted in the past on how you can stop buying homewares you don’t need. I’m also a firm believer that you should mood board rooms before you purchase products for them.

That said, nobody is allowed to throw shade on my beloved interiors trends. But I do want to share my own philosophy when it comes to purchasing homewares and furniture for your home. And that philosophy is this:

You shouldn’t buy your base pieces (sofas, tables, beds etc) in crazy colours or patterns.

Ari Sofa from Something Beginning With

Big Pieces in Neutral Tones

The main reason to avoid wild colours for large pieces of furniture, of course, is that you’re bound to spend large amounts of money on this furniture and then tire of it rather quickly.

I’ve never met anyone whose tastes haven’t changed over time. I went through loving Hamptons interiors, then industrial, then mid-Century, then Scandi. I’ve probably worked my way through just about every interiors trend and style you can imagine. And the biggest lesson I’ve learnt is the one I’ve already mentioned; don’t buy your base pieces in really crazy colours or patterns.

I have a bright yellow armchair that I used to love that now makes me sick to look at, which proves my point beautifully; you spend big bucks on trend pieces and you come to regret it.

Buying large pieces of furniture in a more neutral colour palette is a great way to avoid this drama. And you know I’m a huge colour lover, so that’s a big call for me to make! That’s not to say, of course, that I mean all furniture should be white or beige. “More neutral” can include blues, greys, browns and black.

Basically, go for sensible furniture you can layer colourful, inexpensive homewares over.

Side Tables From Something Beginning With

I’m a firm believer in design and decor changing your life and impacting how you feel about the world, which is why I think you should buy new things for your abode as often as you can.


Laya Side Tables from Something Beginning With

Go Colour Crazy with the Smaller Items

That’s where you shop the trends; in those smaller, more rotational decor gems. Who cares if you spend $40 on a cushion you tire of in six months? Revamping a sofa with four new cushions for $160 is far better than buying a whole new suite because you can’t bear to look at it anymore.

That’s what I do in my own home now (with the exception of that yellow armchair, which I’m trying desperately to convince my other half to throw away). That way, every season, I can buy new cushions, candles, coasters, stools, side tables and more. It makes my home feel fresh and lively, but I’m not throwing buckets of money down the drain.

I’m a firm believer in design and decor changing your life and impacting how you feel about the world, which is why I think you should buy new things for your abode as often as you can (or as often as your bank account will let you). But you need to be smart about it, so look to the smaller trends that won’t throw out your budget and you can’t go wrong!

Otto Armchair from Something Beginning With

Are you on board with this philosophy?

I’d love to hear what your thoughts are. Drop me a comment below and let me know how you approach colour at home.

The furniture pieces in this post are a perfect example of what I mean about going neutral with furniture. All except the hero image are from Something Beginning With and you can click here to see more. The hero image in this shot is via Target.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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6 Responses

  1. That’s always been my philosophy Chris, there are so many affordable homewares out there now if you shop in the right places. Revamping that room you have fallen out of love with is so much more achievable for people on a tight budget. Great advice

    1. Love it Monique! It really is the best way to keep your home constantly evolving but without a huge spend every year. I never thought I would say that as a colour lover, but neutral base pieces are the bomb!

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