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It is fun to think of a new vibe for your home and mix things up a bit. This can be your furniture or your walls and every inch in between. The interior design options are endless in your spacious home. But, before you buy the sofas up on sale on the internet or buy a paint can, there are so many things to consider. 

1) Not Having a Budget

Every interior designing project SHOULD start with a budget and a list of items to complete. If you have a precise list and a budget you won’t waste money and end up with a half decorated room.

2) Mixing Too Many Patterns in interior designing

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Interior design with too many patterns (Nichols. K,2014)

It’s best to stick to one or two patterns per room for a more elegant look. Otherwise this can create a terribly busy look which may not be too appealing to the eye.

Your design capabilities can be widened through the mix and match of colors and designs. Nevertheless, too much of it can overwhelm the room. Solid colors can be mixed now and then in order to break up the lines and shapes of your patterns. At the same time, keeping the patterns flowing throughout the entire room and not just limited to one side will add uniqueness.

3) Interior design with Themed Rooms

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Themed room (zillow, n.d,)

A themed interior design is never a good idea for a home’s main room. It works best as a children’s room or a sports-viewing room. Just make sure it still works well with the overall decor of your home!

However, rooms that are too thematic can look tacky and one-dimensional. If you want to have that chic and trendy, avoid sticking to a single design theme.

For example, if you live in a modern home but love antique furniture, there’s no damage in mixing old and new. Having too many traditional and old-fashioned artifacts may cause your interior to look outdated without the charm factor. By introducing some daring modern pieces, you can create a new point of focus that is eye-catching and unique. 

4) Interior design with Accent Walls

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Accent interior design (Knierim. A, 2022)

This type of interior designing are always tricky. The focal point of the room should always be the wall that you choose. For instance, the wall behind your bed, or the large wall in a living room behind the sofa or the fireplace. Also, remember to select a product or color that’s appealing and not distasteful.

An accent walls can define a space, and at the same time, they also tend to just break up a room. People select any wall to highlight. But not every wall should be accented or highlighted. Picking the wrong wall, or doing an accent wall in the wrong room, can just make the space feel uneven and not consistent.

  • They can get separated from the rest of the décor.
  • Your walls don’t need to be the focal point.
  • Selecting the wrong color can destroy the appearance of the entire space.

Accent walls have been a trend for a while now and are beginning to fade away. It is no longer the principal fact of interiors. When paired with colorful decor or furnishings, single colored walls are making a greater impact.

5) Over-Accessorizing interior

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Over-accessorized interior (planndesign, 2018)

People tend to get excited about displaying all of their favorite items at once. They do not realize that this actually takes the eye away from their individual beauty. Decorating with only a few accessories in a room at one time never runs out of fashion.

Filling up the space is a knock-on effect of either not measuring the space or lacking any concrete plan for cleaning and organizing. The result can be oversized furniture that makes a room feel overcrowded and cramped. On the other hand, too much furniture makes a space difficult to move about in. The best way to deal with this muddle is to remove pieces that you can do without until the room can breathe and order is restored.

6) Pushing Everything Against the Wall

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Furniture pushed back against the wall (Steinman. P, 2020)

This can make your room feel empty instead of inviting. Arranging or grouping furniture together in seating arrangements around a focal point, like the fireplace, and using a rug and coffee table would eventually give a cozier feel to a room.

Focus on creating conversational areas. Pull furniture away from the walls and angle pieces toward one another to create friendlier, suitable seating. If you’re unsure, use a sketch pad to draw a basic plan and play with the placement of your furniture.

7) Mismatched Furniture

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Mismatched furniture (Keller. H, 2019)

This is a tricky decorating style to pull off, even for professional designers. Sometimes, it’s best to select similarly designed furnishings. You can get rid of the old and dated. If you still need to fill empty space in a room, incorporate new pieces that work with that design style.

Avoid buying matchy-matchy furniture too, as it tends to look too uniform and boring. Matching furniture sets remove diversity of design and shows a blocked feel. Mix old and new, different styles, colors and materials for a more diverse and dynamic aesthetic. Matching every pieces of bedroom furniture can make the room stale and takes the individuality out of each individual furniture piece.

9) Light Source in interior designs

Lighting in interior (Ishaniur1, 2022)

Speaking of lighting, this is an often overlooked feature for interior designing. Many people make the mistake of using only one overhead light source, which is usually woefully inadequate for the size of the room.

To create ambience you need to have layered lighting sources, such as:

  • ambient lighting – for overall illumination (e.g. pendants, recessed lights, track lighting, floor lamps)
  • task lighting – illumination for a specific function (e.g. pendants, table lamps, vanity lights, desk lamps or under-cabinet lighting)
  • accent lighting – illumination for certain objects or architectural features (e.g. recessed and track lighting, specialty lighting, and wall sconces).

A good lighting plan for interior home decoration will combine all three sources, and at different heights. For example, a lounge could have pendants, floor lamps and table lamps.

10) Not Following Your Own Personal Taste in interior designing

If you scroll through interior design websites, you’ll notice the photos of the most luxurious rooms all have one thing in mutual. The furniture, decor and lighting are all usually high-end designer brands and it’s been perfectly placed and emphasized to showcase the room in its best light.

When trying to decide what you like, rooms such as these can serve as valuable inspiration. But copying someone else’s design choices is a mistake. It’s better to ask yourself what you admire about the rooms – is it the colors, the textures, the materials, the lighting, the era of the furniture?

Once you’ve narrowed down your preferences, then you can begin your own interior home decoration journey with confidence. Rather than a blindly following trends, call in a professional interior designer, together use furniture, materials and colors that YOU love to make your house a home.

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