5 Interior Design Mistakes to Avoid

Interior Designs Mistakes to Avoid

It could look nice but feel wrong, or feel nice but look wrong. Either way, we share with you five interior design mistakes to avoid.

It is easy to become overwhelmed when it comes to designing or decorating your home. There is a lot to think about when it comes to creating a stylish and functional home, especially if you can't afford to hire or consult an interior designer. This may appear to be a daunting task, and you may make mistakes, but that is fine. It is unavoidable for everyone to make mistakes. But what if you're aware of how to avoid them? What if you know how to do things correctly? 

Today, we’ve rounded up 5 interior design mistakes to avoid at all costs. Refrain from committing these mistakes and you’ll find yourself designing like a pro.

  • Bad lighting
  • Too many decor pieces
  • Picking form over function
  • Unbalanced furnishings
  • Outdated accessories
Bad Lighting

Bad lighting

Avoid harsh lighting and glare at all costs! When it comes to design, lighting needs to blend in and needs to be distributed. Relying solely on overhead lighting is a huge no-no. You might have a great design idea, but if you don't layer your lighting like a pro, it won't look aesthetically pleasing. Layering is the process of combining different materials, colors, and textures to create the most interest.

Too many decor pieces

Too many decor pieces

Avoid using too many decorative items! In terms of design, it translates as clutter. According to Chanel, "Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance." This is a common error that people make. When it comes to décor, more isn't always better. Accessories and decor pieces are always present in the most stylish rooms, but not in excess. It should be complementary to the proportion and size of the room.

Picking form over function

Picking form over function

You may adore white chairs and a light rug paired with a delicate glass coffee table, but it's not the best choice if the living room is frequently used, particularly by children. In fact, how you use the space should be the primary motivator for redecorating, picking important items first.

No matter how beautiful a space looks, if it doesn’t fit your lifestyle, it’s a waste of money and time. First and foremost, planning a functional design that works for how you and your family use a space and don't lose sight of that goal as you shop for new furniture.

Unbalanced furnishings

Unbalanced furnishings

It’s all about the individual pieces and their relationship to each other: whatever the decor style, you want a balance among the pieces to keep it from feeling too heavy or crowded.

Balance doesn’t mean they have to be in the same color or same theme. You can still come up with an interior design where the pieces come together to complement each other without feeling awkward. The key is to be conscious of the layout and how each furniture, accessory, and decor is placed.

Outdated accessories

Outdated accessories

If there is one thing that is trendy in the home, it is accessories and decor pieces. It's fortunate that this is also the simplest part of your decor to change out for a new look. If you're still using that lava lamp or have too many mason jars on your counter, it's time to switch things up and get rid of the old trends that are on their way out — or are already history.

Almost everyone has made at least one common design mistake. The best course of action is to educate yourself first, and then look around your home for anything that needs to be fixed. This allows you to be both comfortable and stylish in your own home.

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