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13 Most common interior design mistakes

Today many homeowners are looking to design their home by themselves, but in doing so making mistakes is inevitable. Many times while flipping through many different ideas you may find something which may look great in the living room and then bring it to your home as an addition without making a plan or giving it a second thought. Simply said, decorating your home is all about bringing in your own style and design like color, scale, lighting and so on. So it is important that you take consideration of the effect that each and every element will have in your space.

By |February 09,2019|Décor, Seasonal & Holiday Decorations


Given the considerations, many people end up making at least one or more of these common mistakes when it comes to interior designing.

1. Bad lighting:

When it comes to lighting up their homes, many people only rely upon overhead lighting alone, but that is a huge mistake. If you don’t want your house to look like a hospital, it is best to layer the different types of lighting together. One of the great ideas which you can use for lighting includes recessed lighting, whereas floor lamps and pendant lamps are great when it comes to ambient lighting for the home.

However, don't forget to incorporate task lighting when it comes to lighting for the study room and the kitchen. Further, adding some dimmers and warm lighting also helps to add a great feature to your home. Also, make sure that lighting casts a proper shadow which is vital to effective illumination.

2. Lack of color:

As we see today, neutral palette is the trend which is being adopted by most people; however, this may sometimes lead to a very boring décor. Neutral furnishings, walls, and accessories though are a safe choice but it may lead to creating an uninteresting space. This does not mean that you need to paint everything in a vivid color or start upholstering bright prints. But by keeping the room décor neutral and adding a wall of an accent color can surely help to light up space.

You can decide to incorporate colors in many different forms like a colorful rug, a vibrant array of accessories, bold artwork or saturated textiles.

3. Too much furniture:

When it comes to the furniture, you may tend to overdo it without considering the sense of the actual space.  A room which is overcrowded with furniture will never feel spacious enough. Therefore, all your pieces should be aligned in such a way that it creates an appealing arrangement to fulfill your needs when it comes to function and comfort.

If you feel that the room is getting cluttered up for space then you may consider removing a piece of furniture or two for releasing the space. Another viable option that you may consider is rearranging the pieces to change the look of the room.

4. Scale in interior design:

One of the most common mistakes that people make in interior designing is- scale. This is because it takes a talented eye to decorate the room with an impeccable scale. People may either end up placing too many small things in the room which will not give your eye a place to land, or people may end up cluttering the room with too many large objects making the room look stuffed and small.

The key is to create a mixture of different shapes, heights, and sizes. Incorporating the right scale in your room will help to make it a successful design.

5. Hanging art:

Everyone wishes to render the place as their own by adding a personal touch to the same. This personal touch can be in the form of hanging your own paintings or even your child's artwork. The main trick over here is to know how to hang the art properly.

The best way to ensure there are no mistakes, and nasty nail holes to fill, is to trace and cut out the frames outline on paper. Simply tape the paper cut-outs onto your wall, trying numerous placement options until you have the desired outcome.

6. Buy fabrics and textiles later:

Another common mistake that people end up making is choosing the paint first. So put down that paint brush and first pick out the room’s fabrics and textiles like curtains and rugs. This is a useful trick as it is much harder to find the textile than it is to find the color of the paint.

So, keep a budget in mind and go looking for samples of pillows, rugs, and fabrics to find what you love and then pick out the paint shade for the textile.

7. Forget to add a focal point:

Each and every room needs a focal point to allow the eye to rest at one place or even two when it comes to a larger room like the living room. This is a very common mistake to forget to give a focal point to the room.

In some rooms choosing the focal point may be very easy, for example, the TV in the living room. On the other hand, in some other rooms finding the focal point might be a slightly more difficult task. Some examples of a focal point may be a fireplace, a gaming table, a large painting, or even a coffee table that encourages guests to sit and converse.

8. Hanging on to heirlooms:

Sentimental pieces usually add a story to your home, but think wisely before incorporating any heirlooms in your home. Think about whether the piece fits in a particular room or if you can find an alternative place for it in another room. The second thing that you need to consider is whether you can repurpose the piece in another way. If neither of these alternatives fit then it may be time to reconsider placing the heirloom.

9. Undisguised storage:

Be careful of open storage like open shelves and baskets, unless they are placed in enclosed spaces. This is because it is difficult to keep them looking tidy so consider keeping it hidden. Many magazines and books often showcase this look to add a unique feature to your home, but you can easily go wrong with it and make it look untidy.

10. Wrong window treatments:

There are unfortunately many different ways in which window treatments can go wrong. It is important to consider window treatments as they help you regulate the amount of light entering the space. So, take into consideration what you want from your window treatment to make the right choice. Some mistakes in choosing the size of the curtains may be either going too long or too short which may be hung incorrectly.

11. Getting too caught up in trends:

Being too much in the moment is also a huge interior design mistake, as something that you may like now may end up being a big mistake later on. So it is always better to go with something which is simple and classic and then try out with a few trendier pieces which are easier and also cheaper to replace. Choosing the things that you love is never a mistake but just make sure that you really do love it and are not buying it because you think it is cool right now.

12. Matching furniture sets:

Too much of matching is never the right way to go, further, it is also too predictable and boring. So, create an eclectic design which is a reflection of your personality and dress up your home with brands from different brands and stores. But just keep in mind to not overdo the things.

13. Getting the wrong sized rug:

Be very careful when getting a rug for your place. Too big and it swallows up the room; too small and it doesn’t help in anchoring the space. If you have a large room you may consider placing all the furniture on the rug. If the furniture is against the wall then consider having two front legs of the furniture on the rug. For a tighter space, a rug can be placed just below the coffee table or the center table.

So, here was a list of some of the most common mistakes that people make when it comes to interior design, so take note and save yourselves from making these blunders.




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