9 Trendy Home Features That Are Secretly a Pain

Some of the prettiest ideas are far, far from practical.

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We've seen them all: Gorgeous ideas that look amazing on blogs but can't hold up to the demands of real life. Whether you got sucked into the open shelving craze, or had to swear off slipcovers (or else swear some more), these are just a few ideas that are best left to the Pinterest pros.

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Vessel Sinks

The raised bowl means more cleaning (how on earth does gunk end up UNDER the bowl?) and if the faucet is slightly too powerful, water droplets go flying in many directions. 

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Clawfoot Tubs

Vintage tubs look fantastic, but they are often have a non-porous surface that requires careful cleaning. On top of that, the high sides can also be a hazard when stepping out of the bath. If you add on a shower, you'll need to buy multiple shower curtains to keep the water where it should be. 

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Open Shelving

While we love looking at neatly arranged dishware on an open shelf, the reality can be a bit frustrating. Namely, due to all the dust and grease that end up on the carefully-arranged plates, bowls, mugs and glassware.

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Art (Or Mirrors) In The Kitchen

Just like beautiful dishware on an open shelf, art (or mirrors) in the kitchen seem to attract all the dust and grease. 

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Chalkboard Walls

Though it seemed like a fun idea at the time, many are surprised to know that once they paint a wall with chalkboard paint, they're kind of stuck with it. The thick paint is very, very difficult to paint over. And, let's be honest: Chalk never writes as cleanly on the wall than it would on a proper chalkboard, creating a dusty, messy look. 

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White Ottomans

It's a natural choice because the neutral hue goes with practically any other color, but white furniture requires a lifestyle change that aren't feasible for most of us. When you think about it, why choose a pristine shade of white for something that will support feet?

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They seem just so practical, don't they? But they never, ever quite fit your sofa. And even if they do, they become undone as soon as a family member flops right down.

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A Bed Against The Wall

If your bedroom is tiny, you sometimes have no choice. But if you moved the bed against the wall (or window) in an effort to create a cozy nook, just know that you'll have to pull the bed out every single time in order to make it neatly. 

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Long Drapes

The drama of long, luxurious drapes is undeniable, but if you have a pet, all they see is a new place to take a nap. After a while, your drapes have a two-tone effect from the pet fur.

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