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Interior Design Mistakes You Should Avoid 2022

We all know that a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing interior is very important to our lives. Interior design can effectively optimize the available space in your home, making it more functional and aesthetically pleasing. But for individuals, carrying out interior design is not that easy. When you perform interior design of your house, it will involve a variety of aspects such as lighting, scale, decoration, location, color, and material selection of your house. And how should these different aspects fit together? To avoid the problems you may encounter, we have broken down common interior design mistakes so you can decorate your house better.

Why is interior design important?

  1. It provides the perfect combination of comfort, style, and elegance for your living space, meeting your needs and lifestyle as a homeowner. It makes your home feel like it’s in paradise.
  2. A good interior design can combine different styles and elements to improve the overall functionality and quality of life in your home.
  3. In the long run, it saves money. That’s because a professional interior designer has a better understanding of which fixtures, fabrics, furniture, and layouts are best for your home.
  4. Placing fragile furniture and decorations in the right places and hiding wires, etc., ensures that your home is safe and secure, especially for children and the elderly.
  5. It positively affects your home and people’s moods as it ensures that fresh air always flows through the room. It makes you feel happy and joyful about yourself.
  6. It can increase the resale value of your home because future buyers do not have to spend too much time and effort decorating the home.
  7. It can add more fun and personality to your home with specific WPC fluted wall panels. Thus enhancing your mood and thus helping you make a good first impression on your guests.

Let’s go through the list of interior design mistakes to avoid, one by one, and how to fix them if you have already made them. Please note: Some tips may work in more than one room, so use your own judgment.

Interior design mistakes to avoid in the living room

  • Your living room will look like a showroom if you have only one type of furniture and don’t care how it’s set up.
  • Choose the wrong furniture, especially a sofa set, and push it up against the wall facing the TV. Likewise, the wrong size furniture can detract from or ruin the look of your living room.
  • If you choose a rug that is smaller than your furniture, your living room won’t look right.
  • Using too many decorative items in your living room makes it look cluttered.
  • If you don’t pay attention to how you cover your windows, air won’t flow through your living room well and you may get too much or too little natural light. The same goes for light fixtures.

How to fix these mistakes

  1. Mix modern upholstery with old furniture (or vice versa) to add a unique look to a room.
  2. Choose fabrics and rugs that are comfortable and will stand up to wear and tear. This will make your living room easy to use and suitable for everyday life. A wool rug complements the way the room is used.
  3. Measure the height, length, and space between each piece of furniture to make it fit the room.
  4. Try moving the sofa and accent chairs closer to the middle of the living room to make the layout look more balanced.
  5. In the living room, use one ambient light, one task light, and two to three accent or mood lights.
  6. In smaller living rooms, use smaller furniture with narrower arms and thinner legs so there is still room to move.
  7. When you want to set down drinks during a conversation or family gathering, choose a nice coffee table as the centerpiece and a small table near it.

Don’t make these interior design mistakes in your dining room

  • A dining room design that is too homogeneous leaves it without any personality or personal touch.
  • Having seating options that are physically uncomfortable or detrimental to you and your guests
  • Not having the right lighting options that match the style of your furniture to create a smooth dining experience
  • Jewelry ceiling lights and chandeliers hang too low from the ceiling, making them unsafe and not very useful.
  • Choose window treatments that are the same size and color as the dining room wall panels. It will make the room look dark.
dining room design

How to improve these wrong designs

  1. Put a bottle of fresh, colorful flowers in your dining room. Or use decorative wall panels in a single color or pattern to make the room feel fresh and new. Change the look of your dining room to make it more casual and lighter.
  2. Use chandeliers with dimmer switches on the dining room table so that they can be used as both spotlights and work lights. This will make conversation and eating easier. However, don’t hang it too low.
  3. Choose chairs that are comfortable and the same height as the table so that people can sit up straight.
  4. Choose shorter curtains that overlap the length of the floor and paint the walls of the dining room in gray, beige, and champagne.

Interior design mistakes to avoid in the bedroom

  • Overlooking the headboard and bed linens, even if they take up a large portion of the bedroom.
  • Decorate your entire bedroom with no color, a single color, or too many bright colors without texture.
  • If you choose the wrong headboard, you may feel weird when you reach for a book or phone that’s sitting on it.
  • Not having the necessary curtains to block out the bright sunlight that comes in during the day and the light that goes out at night.

Address these design mistakes

  1. Add texture and natural calm to your walls with WPC wall panels to give your bedroom a timeless and serene feel. But if you want your bedroom to feel great, use no more than two colors.
  2. Choose a unique fabric for your headboard, soft sheets for your mattress, and a headboard that is the right height (almost the same as the top of your mattress). It will help you make the room look better.
  3. Mix sheer and blackout curtains to keep the amount of light entering the room and the amount of light leaving the room at night even. Scale the length of the curtains so that they look like they belong together.
  4. Choose a soft layered rug to place under your bed so you don’t have to step on a cold floor when you wake up. You can also choose warm wood floors if they match the style of the room.
  5. Only place purposeful furniture in your bedroom to give you enough space to store all your stuff (like a five-drawer chest) and make the room look cleaner and bigger.
  6. Use lighting in your bedroom that is both functional and fun. Use dimmers and bedside or floor lamps to create the ambiance and lighting you want for a good night’s sleep.

Don’t Make These Interior Design Mistakes in the Kitchen

  • When your kitchen is all white, it can feel cold and dull.
  • If you have too many dark cabinets, your kitchen may look even smaller.
  • Avoid putting items like washers and dryers in your kitchen; they can disrupt the hygiene of your kitchen.
  • Try to avoid using character wallpaper in your kitchen, which can distract you from its function.
  • If the kitchen has low ceilings, then do not install high cabinets. This is because it will reduce the sense of vertical space in the kitchen.

Fix these design mistakes

  1. To make your kitchen look more open, use dark colors for the base cabinets and light colors for the upper cabinets.
  2. If you have a lot of space in your kitchen, place an island. We can use it as a second countertop.
  3. Look for patterns on the accent wall, but don’t do too much. Also, make sure the colors and textures match.
  4. Follow the “kitchen triangle” layout, where the refrigerator, stove, and sink should be opposite each other and easily accessible.
  5. Pay close attention to the kitchen windows, as they affect the amount of light and air entering the room.

Interior design mistakes to avoid in the foyer

  • There is not enough room to hang coats and bags or put them away.
  • Using dark colors makes this narrow passageway look even narrower.
  • Not taking into account the size and proportions, which makes it difficult to move.
  • Placing impractical and easily dirty floors and not making the walls stain-proof.

Address these design mistakes

  1. Use shaker-style hanging rails to make lots of room for hanging items.
  2. Try full- or half-height wall panels to keep kids and other visitors from leaving fingerprints on the walls.
  3. Use bright colors in the hallway to make it feel more inviting and conducive to your mood. Choose brightly colored LED lights to liven up the room.
  4. Use a mirror in the hallway as a decoration to make the space look bigger than it really is.

Bathrooms need to avoid interior design mistakes

  • Without a good storage method to store personal care items in the bathroom, it can look cluttered.
  • There is not enough light in the bathroom to allow you to do daily related things.
  • If the tiles are shiny, slips and falls are more likely to occur in the bathroom.
  • If you don’t choose the correct length and material for your shower curtain, it can detract from the overall design of the room.
  • Too high mirrors and bathtubs can be an inconvenience to the elderly.
  • Leaving the bathroom door open so you can immediately see the toilet is a big design mistake.
  • When there are too many colors in a bathroom, it looks bad and is hard to see.
  • If you don’t take into account existing plumbing points in the bathroom and leave wires exposed, the risk of electric shock increases.

How to fix these design mistakes

  1. Add a cabinet or two, open shelves, removable shelves, deep drawers, or caddies to the space to store more care products.
  2. Use the right mirror for your needs in the bathroom (regular mirror or mirror with lights).
  3. Add multiple light sources to your bathroom and windows so that natural light and fresh air can enter. Use a mix of task, ambient and overhead lighting to improve your vision and mood.
  4. Measure your shower curtain and other frequently used bathroom items correctly to ensure they are durable, save money and keep you safe. To give the room depth, shower curtains need to be hung high.
  5. Choose bathroom floor tiles with a rough or matte finish. If you already have smooth tiles, you can also use washable carpet that is held in place with carpet tape.
  6. Use pops of color and neutrals here and there to make the bathroom look more interesting, rather than filling it with bright colors and patterns.
  7. Plan to place the toilet behind or to the side of the bathroom door so it’s out of sight.
  8. Set up areas in your bathroom to feel more purposeful and useful based on what you’re doing there.
  9. Get a plumber to help you cover up any exposed wires to ensure that the person using the space is safe.

With houses being the spaces where we rest and sleep on a daily basis, we all want to have a comfortable and beautiful interior design. So we hope this blog post will help you understand how to make the most of the design in your home and build your dream home.


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Galen Content Writer
Galen is a content creator and decorator with five years of experience designing home decor. In his daily life, Galen is constantly on the lookout for the latest, great examples of house design and further optimizes his solutions. Additionally, he writes articles related to outdoor design, interior design, and architectural decorating materials to help brands build more engaging relationships with their audiences.

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