Over Age 30? 9 Items You Shouldn't Have In Your Home
We understand that decorating in your 20s can be limited by your budget, the tastes of your roommate(s), or confusion over your own personal aesthetic. While your tastes will continue to develop, and budget may always be a concern, there are certain items that have no business in a sophisticated adult space, period. Read on to learn the nine things that no one north of 30 should have at home.
Unframed, frayed posters that are curling at the corners and hanging onto the wall for dear life have no place in an adult home. If you can’t part with your beloved classic movie poster, mount it in a deep frame so the character of those well-worn corners comes through, but the overall look is polished and mature.
If you have collected plastic souvenir cups branded with bar names, theme parks, family reunions, and corporate sponsorships over the years, and they are still your go-to drinkware, it’s time to upgrade. Available in affordable sets, mature glassware will bring some simple class to your morning dose of OJ, and you’ll never be embarrassed to pass a date a glass of water in a McGee’s Pub tumbler again.
At this stage in the game, you should have amassed a collection of décor items that feel personal and relate to your interests or aesthetic. If you still have random knick-knacks decorating your shelves (as opposed to sentimental ones, which are fine), it’s time to toss them.
These inexpensive mirrors with hardware meant to hang over a door make sense in your college apartment or for your first post-grad place, but their wavy glass and flimsy frames have no business being a part of your morning dressing routine. Instead, opt for a leaning floor or full-length mirror that can be mounted flush to a wall to cut down on distortion and offer a true reflection.
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Paper shades are great if you need a quick fix or temporary privacy solution, but they should never be your permanent window treatments. If custom shades aren’t in your budget, opt for a more stylish, woven bamboo shade in a standard size larger than your window frame, or hang inexpensive drapes for a more adult, sophisticated look.
If you have enough space for a dining room or kitchen table, pair it with chairs that feel a little more permanent than their fold-up brethren. No one wants to linger over a long intimate dinner with friends when stuck on an uncomfortable chair that might buckle at any moment. We understand the need for additional seating around the holidays, but for everyday dining, splurge on some real seating.
If you don’t have a bed with side rails or you’re using a headboard attached directly to your metal bed frame, it’s time to make sure you have a bed skirt to cover the unsightly metal legs of your frame. Bonus: A bedskirt will offer hidden storage opportunities beneath your mattress. Opt for a tailored version for a modern, contemporary look.