When it comes to interior design, there are hundreds of decisions to be made in order to create the perfect representation of your style. Tiny misjudgements can occur and throw the entire space off balance. If you’re the main tastemaker in your home, then you’ll be conscious of avoiding any errors when it comes to your home’s décor. Here’s
some of the most common interior design mistakes, and how to avoid them.
Too Many Photos
Whilst it’s lovely to show off your favourite memories in photographs across your home, too many can be detrimental to your décor. If you’re sentimental about your photos, this doesn’t mean you have to get rid of them completely. Whilst too many photo frames can make tables and fireplaces look cluttered, a neat photo gallery hung on the wall is a modern solution that looks great. You can opt for all of the frames to be the same shape and size for a uniform look, or mix and match with different yet complementing styles.
Hallways are often the first part of your home that visitors will see. Of course, you want to make an impression. But all too often, we see entrance hallways lacking in style and personality. Make a statement by incorporating light colours, and hang large artwork or a mirror that will draw the eye. A mirror will also help to create the illusion of more space, which is what many hallways lack. This is also the perfect place for a house plant to lend a splash of colour upon first entering your home.
Too Many Accessories
This works from a similar concept to having too many photographs in your home. Whilst small knick-knacks can look complementing to certain décors, having a plethora of them everywhere creates a sense of untidiness and disorganisation. If you feel attached to certain pieces, that’s fine. But try to limit to two or three small pieces, otherwise it can be overpowering. If you’re struggling to choose which stay and which go, there’s nothing stopping you rotating them every now and again.
Too Much of the Same
Having the same style throughout your interior design is never a good thing. We all want to be coordinated, but you run the risk of being too bland if you stick with the same colours and styles throughout. Try to take inspiration from different sources and find what works together. It helps to put together a mood board of the different features you’d like to incorporate. The same goes for the height of furniture – it’s easy to go too uniform, but slightly varying heights will help to add variation to your interior design.
Lighting can seriously make or break a room’s look and style. Many people make the dreaded mistake of relying on only one source of light; often one that hangs overhead. This makes the room lack depth, and also means you’re lacking in options. Try out different light fixtures, such as low-level lamps, which will give you more flexibility when it comes to lighting your room. You should also try to make the most of any natural light your room gets during the day; so make sure windows are (for the most part) unobstructed.
Outdated carpets do nothing for your home’s décor. They’re a hive of trapped dirt and, most likely, stains. If you’re looking to give your home a revamp and bring it into the 21st century, you should either replace the carpet for a new one or look for alternative flooring solutions. Solid wood is an option, and laminate flooring has gained massive popularity due to its wide range of design and cost-effectiveness. Whichever you choose, updated floors will give your home a new lease of life.
What other interior design mistakes do you think need avoiding?