10 Interior Design mistakes to avoid

Let's face it; when it comes to decorating a space, there is a lot of little details and decisions that go into styling that one perfect space. But what if I told you that a little misjudgment, such as placement of artwork on the wall or choosing the right paint finish can have a negative impact on the overall room; would you believe me?


Here are 10 interior design mistakes that you need to avoid when decorating a space!


BAD LIGHTING /HAVING ONE LIGHT SOURCE

A lot of people tend to rely on one overhead lighting alone, which is something that should be avoided. Athena Calderone, the founder of EyeSwoon said “Lighting is incredibly important to any space. When lighting is washed over you from above, it can be unflattering and harsh,” Unless you want your place to look like a commercial space (aka a hospital or prison), it's advised to layer different types of lighting in each space.


HOW TO FIX IT:

Recessed lighting is great for general lighting, while floor lamps and pendants are a great ambient lighting source. Use lighting on dimmers and have sources coming from multiple heights (such as floor lamps, table lamps, pendants etc) When picking light bulbs, always choose soft white bulbs.


WHY?

Harsh or 'orange/yellow' lighting can make the space feel uninviting and still. “Warm lighting not only sets the mood but also makes a room feel intimate and aglow.” - Athena Calderone

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WRONG RUG SIZES

As silly as it sounds, so many people choose the wrong rug size, which can result in the space looking 'too big or too small'.


HOW TO FIX IT:

Every living room should have the same rug size - either 8 x 10 feet or 9 x 12 feet. This might sound massive to you, but believe me, you don;t want to go for a smaller rug, unless its next to your bed, in the kitchen or in your hallway.


Home style expert, Emily Henderson stated that "a rug should be big enough to fit at least two chairs or sofa legs on it."

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PLACING FURNITURE AGAINST THE WALL

This is a big no-no in the interior design industry. Nowadays, the backs of furniture are as pretty to look at as the front; so it's okay if you don't put it against the wall - we actually advise people not to do that because it can make the space feel cavernous.


HOW TO FIX IT:

If you want your room to appear bigger and more intimate; pull the furniture away from the wall. Even if it's just 2-5 cm's, please do it! By leaving space between the furniture piece and the wall, it creates a better sense of balance within the space


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HANGING CURTAINS TOO LOW

Most people hand their curtains just above the window frame, which overall doesn't do much for the interior of the space and it can make the room appear smaller than it actually is.


HOW TO FIX IT:

Always choose a curtain rod that is wider than the width of your window - The rule of thumb is to go 20-30 cm wider than your window. Also, make sure that your curtains are between 2 and 2.5 times the width of your window in order to make the curtains look full.


For more tips on how to style or hang your curtains, visit Apartment Therapy.

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TO MANY ACCESSORIES

Yes, you read that right. Too many accessories and decor pieces can actually result in 'clutter'. Over-decorating can make a space feel claustrophobic and messy.


HOW TO FIX IT:

Before buying an accessory piece, think 'where would it look good?' If you cannot think of a place where that decor piece fits, don't but it. It's as simple as that. My advise would be to browse and decide of what you need and where you'll put it; this will limit you buying useless accessories that you simply do not need.

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MATCHING FURNITURE SETS.

Matching furniture sets are super predictable, and in simple words; BORING.


HOW TO FIX IT:

If you want to create a stylish interior that reflects your personality; choose furniture pieces that you love from different brands and stores. DON'T OVER DO IT - YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHERE TO STOP. If you are struggling with that, find an interior designer or consultant close to you; they will be able to help you style your space.

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https://www.elledecoration.co.uk/decorating/g30043896/best-british-interior-designers-to-know/



HAVING DARK FURNITURE IN A SMALL SPACE

If you have a small room that you are trying to decorate and furnish; never go for dark furniture.


WHY?

While it might seem like a good choice, dark decor pieces instantly make the room feel claustrophobic and cramped.


HOW TO FIX THIS:

When designing a small space, it is important to go for lighter fabrics and finishes that will lift the space. Choose sofas or curtains made out of linen or lightweight fabric, and choose a light colour palette - nudes, pinks, whites and greys.

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EXPOSED OUTLETS & CORDS

Nothing ruins a room more than an ugly set of tangled cords and wires.


HOW TO FIX THIS:

An easy fix for this problem is to run your cords inside the wall so that they are completely gone out of sight. I know this isn't always an option so another thing you can do, is paint cords the same colour as the wall to make them less noticeable. Cord covers are also helpful if you don't have the luxury of painting or hiding your cords and cables.

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CHOOSING PAINT COLOURS BEFORE FURNITURE AND FABRICS

This is more common that I thought it would be, but most people pick their wall colour first and then decide on the furnishings. It might seem easier to paint your walls and then pick the furniture, but this interior mistake could result in a massive fail.


HOW TO FIX THIS:

Start with your fixed finishes or large-scale pieces such as cupboards, tables or sofas. If you are redesigning the whole space, the floor and counter finishes should be the first thing you decide on. When decorating a room, start with big pieces as they will have the biggest impact on your space. Once that is settled, you can work your way down in size by adding accent furniture and decor pieces. Once that is finished, paint colours are next; make sure to choose a colour that will tie everything together.


ps. make a mood board - they're so helpful when designing a space

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https://comelite-arch.com/blog/interior-design-mood-board-necessary/



ADDING PLANTS WHERE THEY DON'T BELONG

Adding plans and greenery is not something people think through; they see an empty space in their home and think "I can add a plant there to fill that space". Well let me tell you this, that is not how it works. I am not saying you need to plan EVERY plant you want, but have an idea of where each plant is suitable to live and what is the best environment for each plant.


HOW TO FIX THIS:

Start with doing some research on plants. I recently published a post where I talked about the best plants for indoor use; you can find it here. Once you have done some digging into plants (see what I did there), add three to five low-maintenance indoor plants or trees. Put some lightweight plants in your bathroom for some extra greenery and make sure to have a plant or two in your work space as they increase productivity and they are a great source of biophillic design.*


*Biophilic Design: a concept used within the building industry to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment through the use of direct nature, indirect nature, and space and place

Image Source: The Resident

https://www.theresident.co.uk/homes-interiors/unkillable-houseplants-5-of-the-best-indoor-plants-for-beginners/


And there you have it; my top 10 interior mistakes that you need to avoid. Have you done any of these mistakes in the past? Comment below; and be honest! I won't go mad at you :)


If you are redesigning a space or you simply need some advise, don't be afraid to drop me a message.


See you next Saturday!!


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I'm a 22 year old Interior Design graduate living in England. This is a place where I can share my thoughts, ideas and experiences.​ I decided to start this blog as I realised that writing my experiences in a journal is not enough for me anymore.

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