6 Interior Design Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

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As you probably know by now, I am trying my hardest to get my interior design hat on and spruce up this place…well, as best I can with 2 kids running around and trashing the utter crap out of it that second I get something looking how I want it. I have been trawling Pinterest and pinning a billion (only a slight exaggeration) different interior design ideas and lusting over geode crystal bathroom sinks and beautiful flooring as well as tips and tricks for amazing DIYs and various other things that aren’t going to happen. Anyway, whilst doing up my house I have discovered there are various dos and don’ts when it comes to interior design and thought I would share some words of wisdom!

Furniture Against the Wall

Depending on room size and layout, you might need to put furniture against the wall, especially if your house is fit to burst with various baby items. But, if it can be avoided, then it should be. Most people think that furniture pushed to the edges will create more space but it can actually have the opposite effect. Leaving a space, even a small one, between furniture and the wall will create the illusion of more space. It also helps to create a more natural flow inside a room, and prevents you feeling ‘boxed in’.

Too Many Accessories

Less is more, and this is especially true when it comes to interior design. Whilst some accessories can nicely pull a room together, too many can make it look like a car boot sale table in room form. Too many throw pillows, various knick-knacks, numerous pieces of art on the walls – these are all examples of overdoing it with the accessories. It’s important to have a purge of anything that doesn’t need to be displayed. You could always rotate the accessories you have on display, keeping some in storage until you decide you’d like to change it up again.

Poor Lighting

This goes for both light fixtures and natural light. If you’d like your home to feel bigger and lighter, making the most of natural light is very important. Be sure that you don’t have anything blocking the windows, and allow natural light to dance around your room as much as possible. One common mistake is relying on just one source of light. A singular light fixture won’t provide the different needs you might have for lighting up a room. Having different lights for getting stuff done, and then another for relaxing with a book or a cup of whatever can work amazingly. Combine different sources of light to add depth and functionality to a room.

Too Much of One Style

Fully matching every detail of your furniture is no longer the best route to take when you’re planning your home’s interior design. By mixing and matching your pieces, you can choose particular aspects you’d like to take centre stage. Mix style with practicality by choosing a dominant style for the majority, and then blend this with different (but complementing) styles. By incorporating various styles, it adds the feeling of layers to your home’s décor. Whilst a complete mismatch would be going too far the other way, a good mix of matched to random works well when it comes to stand-out, Pinterest worthy interior design.

Painting Before Buying Furniture

Anyone who’s made this mistake before will feel me here. The number of different paint colours way outnumbers the choices you have when it comes to furniture. For this reason, painting a particular room first gives you limited choice when it comes to buying your furniture. For full flexibility, you’re best purchasing your furniture first. Once you do have the furniture pieces you’d like, you can then pick a wall colour that works perfectly for you and matches the décor. If there’s a colour you’ve got your heart set on, try finding a large piece of furniture in that colour. This may then give you enough of that particular colour, which frees up your walls for something different.

Going too Neutral

Minimalistic design is all the rage at the moment, especially in ultra-modern interior design. Whilst they’re not wrong that neutral colours can look great when done correctly, being too plain Jane with the walls and furniture can soon become boring. Neutrals such as grey and white are very popular at the moment – everyone wants grey laminate flooring and plain or textured white wallpaper. Whilst this combination can look very clean, you need to complement this with interesting design features and fixings to give it some character. Be brave with your interior design and don’t be afraid to venture away from neutral!

Whats your best interior design tip?

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17 Comments

  1. May 11, 2018 / 7:43 am

    I love the tip about leaving a space between the wall and seating, I can honestly say it’s true! Great post, I am so in love with grey flooring!

    • May 11, 2018 / 7:55 am

      It’s a good ‘un isn’t it! Oh me too! I am so into all the pretty flooring right now and I want to re do my entire house it’s actually a problem haha! x

  2. May 11, 2018 / 9:45 am

    Loved this, really interesting especially the tip about furniture moving away from the wall! Amy X

  3. May 11, 2018 / 4:21 pm

    So glad I read this post! I am in the middle of redecorating my house! X

  4. Rachel Evans
    May 13, 2018 / 12:56 pm

    Oooh I completely agree the one about the lightening. I used to hate how my kitchen let in no natural light as the sun was alway in the front of the house. For ages I just replied on the main kitchen light and thought we couldn’t do anything about it. Recently we bought a new light and several others and the room is so much better!

    • May 13, 2018 / 3:09 pm

      Lighting is a nightmare to get right isn’t it! I need to invest in a few lamps still! x

  5. May 13, 2018 / 11:10 pm

    Here here for the house fit to burst, so much of ours is against a wall but I’m desperate to re-do it now we’ve decided to stay here.

    • May 14, 2018 / 7:58 am

      It’s so hard not to push things against the wall with kids isn’t it? They’re always running about the place! x

  6. May 14, 2018 / 4:06 am

    Uh oh, I’m guilty of these! Especially putting furniture against the wall. Thanks for the tips! ❤️

    • May 14, 2018 / 7:59 am

      Same here, with kids it’s difficult but the things I’ve pulled away from the wall look so much better! x

  7. May 15, 2018 / 9:11 am

    I agree about not having too many accessories, I get a bit too obsessed with nicknacks and then it just makes the room look too busy.

    • May 16, 2018 / 10:35 am

      I have to be strict with myself about nicknacks! x

  8. May 15, 2018 / 10:08 pm

    I’ve always wanted a minimalistic look to our home, due to how my family home was always over the top to me. We own so much stuff it wouldn’t work for us so its trying to find the perfect balance. We would make a car boot look empty ha!

    • May 16, 2018 / 10:41 am

      Same here really! It’s amazing how much stuff you can accumulate isnt it! x

  9. June 3, 2018 / 11:17 am

    Love this. defo agree with not having too much of the same style and im currently working on this within my own home. Very relevant and informative as im about to start decorating. xxx

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