A messy room can be stressful, but a room that’s too neatly organized can feel sterile. The sweet spot is to have just the right amount of “stuff” to fill a space with personality--without overwhelming it. Here, ten cases when a little clutter is downright decorative and cozy.

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It’s called an inspiration board for a reason--inspiration rarely comes in clear, concise streams.

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But why settle for an inspiration board when you can paper an entire wall?

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The benefit of having stacks of magazines around? They can double as a side table for your reading glasses…and endless mugs of coffee.

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Speaking of stacks, bring on the books.

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Seriously, we could die happy in a room like this.

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A few haphazard pieces might look out of place on their own, but when you add a couple more odds and ends, the effect is utterly charming.

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Like a scrapbook, you can use your space to display (and relive) all of your travels.

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Perfectly matched linens are for hotels. Mismatched throws and quilts are for your favorite houseguests.

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Proudly display kitchen hodgepodge on open shelving (but maybe hide that casserole dish you “borrowed” from mom last year).

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We’ll say it again: Books are best in stacks. Stacks on stacks on stacks.

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