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10 Interior Design Mistakes Not to Make when Designing Your New Home

10 Interior Design Mistakes Not to Make when Designing Your New Home

We hope you enjoy learning about these common home design mistakes and solutions for these eye sores from the experts. When you are moving into a new home, for some it is a great time to redesign aspects of your home and get rid of some old designs aspects that you don’t like anymore. Replacing old eye sores with new, upgraded and modern designs is one of the perks of moving to a new home. In other cases, if you are moving into a home that is new to you, but not completely new, there might be some designs there that you don’t like and want to replace with your own taste and style. Here are some common home design eye sores and interior decorating experts tips for making that element look better in your new home.

Design Problem: Fake Flowers

Fake Flowers

Fake flowers collect dust and don’t add any life to your home. They usually end up looking tacky and uninviting.

Solution: Fresh Fruit and Live Plants

Fruit - Live Plants

Having fresh flowers all the time is not in everyone’s budget. Plus, they have to be replaced all the time. Indoor plants are always an excellent option because they not only add life and colour to your home, but they purify the air. Having plants around can remove toxins, germs, and bacteria from the air in your home. Another popular design element that can replace fake flowers or plants is a bowl of fruit on a centerpiece.

Design Problem: Too Many Throw Pillows

Pillow Overload

At some point, too many throw pillows is enough, no matter how small they are. Where are you going to sit with all those pillows in the way?

Too Many Throw Pillows Solution:


Be choosy about your pillows and only select a few to decorate a couch or bed. Add a throw if you still feel that your couch needs an added element of confort.

Design Problem: Too Much Clutter on Your Shelves

Too Many Knickknacks

This especially becomes a problem when you have lived in your home for a long time and have collected a lot of things. Shelves get too crowded and look cluttered.

Cluttered Shelf Design Solution:

Minimal Display

Take the opportunity of moving to clean house and rearrange what you keep on your shelves. Purchasing a new shelving unit can also help force you to reduce the amount of things you have on your shelf. Less cluttered designs lead to less cluttered minds too. It’s actually better for you to have less clutter. No need to get rid of your favorite designs elements or collectables; rotate them out and you solve the cluttered problem and get to appreciate each piece in its own way.

Design Problem: Fear of Colour

Fear of Colour

This bathroom looks really beautiful, but it could really use a bit of colour. Too often people say they like colour and want it in the rooms of their home, but they end up with monotone looks like this because they aren’t sure what colours to add or how to add it.

Monotone Colour Solution: Be Bold with One Colour

Adding Colour

In a case like this bathroom where so much is white, adding sparse but bold colours, like the blue paint can help elevate the design aspects of a room tremendously with little effort or cost. The great thing about paint is that you can always paint over it if you don’t like it. The great thing about colours is that they can look different at different times of the day giving you variety and beauty too.

Design Problem: Forgetting About Window Treatments

Ignoring Windows

Without window treatments like curtains or blinds, a room just never looks finished.

Solution: Add Blinds or Curtains


In addition to adding beautiful deisgns, they can help add softness to a room, not to mention shade and privacy. Curtains can make a room look more comfortable or even larger. Window treatments definitely make a big difference in the design of any room.

Design Problem: Pushing all Furniture Out to the Walls

Pushed Back Furniture

This design probably looks familiar to you. That is because we all have a tendency to box up the design layout in our rooms. However, the problem is that it can look so uniform and doesn’t always look the best aesthetically.

Boxy Room Design Solution:

Sofa Table

The back of your furniture doesn’t always have to be against a wall. Instead, you can move a couch into the centre of a room and then add a table for a very unique look and way to display things too.

Design Problem: The Dreaded Plastic Couch

Tacky Couch Covers

We’ve all seen it, some of us are guilty of having it, but there really is no reason for it. There are solutions and other ways to keep your couch from getting dirty.

Plastic Couch Solution:

Stylish Throws

Add a throw to your couch if you want to protect it from getting dirty. Many companies now make adjustable slip covers that match the colours of your couch and will protect it from getting dirty. Another option is to add Scotchguard or another type of fabric protector that helps prevent stains from sticking to your furniture.

Design Problem: Hanging Artwork too High

Frames Too High

When hanging your artwork in your new home, one of the mistakes is putting it up too high.

Design Solution:

Art at Eye Level

Always hang your art at eye level regardless of the position of other furniture in the room.

Design Problem: Inproper Lighting

Improper Lighting

When you move into a new home, it is very possible that the existing lighting does not match with your design.

Lighting Solution:

Functional Lighting

Don’t get stuck with what you have. When you change the lighting, it can bring all of the other design elements together.Functional lighting is key to every room in your home.

Design Problem: Wrong Sized Area Rug

Too Small Area Rug

Area rugs are great for design in some rooms. It helps soften the look and adds a design element to the room too. However, too often the area rug is too small for a room.

Area Rug Solution:

Right Size Area Rug

When you move and the sizes of your rooms change, take into consideration that you might need to change out the area rug. As a general rule the area rug should touch the edge of all pieces of furniture in the room.

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