Decorating Mistakes Interior Designers Want you to Avoid

It is not easy to design the perfect space. There are so many decisions to make, including choosing furniture and how to position art. Even the most minor errors such as hanging artwork high or choosing paint in gloss over matte can have a dramatic effect on a room.

Do not Vary Furniture Heights

Abigail Ahearn is a London-based designer who says that one mistake in styling can keep a room from reaching its full potential. Without sounding like a drama queen scale and proportion is the holy grail in design, she said. “If everything is the right size, or if everything’s too big or small, then your room will be a hot mess.”

Use dark furniture in small spaces


A small living area can present a challenge in finding the right decor. Tali Roth says that dark furniture is a common mistake in small rooms. She says that people are more inclined to choose heavy, bulky, and dark pieces of furniture. It may seem like a good choice, but dark decor can instantly make a room feel cramped or cumbersome.

How to Choose the Right Rug Size

While rugs can transform rooms and create interest, Emily Henderson, a home style expert, said it can be difficult to choose the right size for your space. Her pet peeve? Small rugs are her pet peeve. “I see it practically every day, it pains me, particularly when it’s so easy to avoid,” she says.

Hanging Art at the Wrong level


Max Humphrey, an interior designer, said that the hard part of finding the perfect piece of art to decorate your tulum houses is half the battle. Humphrey points out that too much art is placed prominently or is hung too high. Humphrey says it is a mistake to over-examine the placement of art. It doesn’t matter if you spend a lot on the artwork, it will still look amazing over a sideboard in the hallway with an antique lamp and a stack of books next to it,” he says.


Overdoing Design Trends


Nate Berkus is a prominent industry voice in the hottest trend. But his number one tip for creating unique spaces is to eschew following fads. People often make the mistake of feeling insecure. They listen to everyone around them and look down at their own lives, rather than sitting down and asking “What do I love?” Berkus tells MyDomaine.

Personalize your space. Ask yourself “What does my space mean to me?” What are the colors and textures that I love and the feelings I want to experience when I get back home? You can make space that you love for years by ignoring the trends.


Multiple light sources are not necessary


Lighting choices might appear like a practical aspect of the design process but Athena Calderone founder of EyeSwoon says that it is something that people often misjudge. Lighting is an essential part of any space. It can look harsh and unflattering if the lighting is from high up. Calderone suggests that overhead lighting is often the most obvious option, but the best spaces will have multiple sources of light to create different ambiances.

Large dining tables


Designing your dream space can encourage you to think about the ideal lifestyle, rather than what is possible. It may seem appealing to have long-table dinner parties or extravagant events, but the reality is often very different. Brooke Lang, an interior designer based in Chicago, suggests that small apartments avoid large dinner tables unless they are necessary. A large dining table that has six to eight chairs is a mistake. Flexibility is important in a small space. Every inch counts, she advises.

The Room is Not Measured

Mikel Welch, the interior designer, suggests that you should not be impulsive in your decor choices. Gather the dimensions of each piece before purchasing to create a plan. Consider the space’s overall volume before you buy furniture pieces. Take measurements in every corner. Before decorating your space, be sure to plan it.

Not Prioritizing Greenery


“When people ask what my biggest stop do that!’ pet peeve is, it’s adding elements of life with a bunch of sticks shoved into a tall vase and then stuck into a corner,” says Flynnside Out Productions. Flynnside Out Productions’ Brian Patrick Flynn explains that my biggest pet hate is adding elements of life to a room with a bunch of sticks shoved in a tall vase and then stuck into the corner. I believe this is because homeowners are tired and lack cash at the end of a remodel. They want to add height and texture but it doesn’t add any value to the room.


Get Big Pieces at a Discount


Ashlie Mastony warns that many people make the error of buying small accents at low prices to get more bang for their buck. Although it may seem counterintuitive, she believes that investing in one accent is more prudent financially.

She says that the most common mistake in interior design is buying too many small pieces of furniture or too many accessories to save money on a high-impact item such as a sofa, headboard, or incredible piece of art.

Arranging Furniture Flush against a Wall


Betsy Burnham is an interior designer who says many people fall into this simple styling trap when designing a room. It doesn’t save or create more space,” she says.

Try “conversational Furniture Placement”, which focuses on grouping accents. To create more intimate and useful seating, she suggests that you pull the pieces closer together and move them off the walls. She recommends sketching on a pad if you aren’t sure. I always encourage people not to be afraid to sketch even the simplest plan and to experiment with their furniture placement, just like we do.



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