How to avoid 10 mistakes in interior design

Many of those who independently planned the design of a house or apartment come to the conclusion that some moments did not turn out the same as they were imagined at the very beginning..

We have selected the 10 most common mistakes that are made during repairs, and most importantly, we will show you how to avoid or fix them, if you still made them..

1. Boring monochromatic color scheme

Some people are so careful with color that the result is an uninteresting, almost monochromatic interior. Most often this happens with colors such as brown, sand, beige, green, gray.

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Do not be afraid to add color accents, of course, in moderation, but still add bright colors that dilute the boring monotony of one color. If you want to make a design in one color, then try to use several shades of the same color, and use bright decor and furniture as accents..

2. Looks nice, but uncomfortable and impractical

Sometimes you want to use some bold and original solutions in the interior, such as an intricately shaped armchair, a canopy over the bed, a set of designer chairs, a sofa with a non-standard transformation mechanism or an intricate toilet bowl. Unfortunately, it often turns out that things that look beautiful, in fact, turn out to be completely uncomfortable..


Before buying such things, it is important to realize that they will be used for more than one year and no matter how much you want it, but if they are inconvenient to use, you still have to part with them..

Before buying any items for home, be sure to try them out. Sit in a chair or at a selected table, lie on the bed, visually try on how you will use this or that thing. Always do it with a discount for continuous hours of use.

3. Too intricate layout

Incorrect layout of a house or apartment is another very common problem. First of all, this is due to the fact that they are trying to add rooms to the room that do not correspond to the size of the total area. For example, a large entrance hall is initially laid out in the plan, so other rooms have to be reduced. After that, it turns out that the hallway area is not used, and in other rooms additional meters would be simply irreplaceable. Moreover, the layout in this case refers not only to the size of the rooms, but also to the further placement of furniture, plumbing fixtures, etc. in them. It is very important that all rooms and its elements comply with ergonomic rules and do not cause any inconvenience in the future..

How can you warn yourself against such mistakes? It is necessary to think over the apartment plan in advance in all details. The job of a designer is precisely to see the space of an apartment or house as a whole and then organize it in detail..

Therefore, we strongly recommend that you hire an interior designer, at least for the redevelopment stage, as he will help you avoid mistakes in the layout of the apartment. If you took up the planning yourself, measure all the changes in scale, walk around and measure yourself with your steps and a construction tape, or even better, outline all objects with masking tape to clearly see how much space they will take.

4. Inappropriate lighting

Improperly planned lighting is a common mistake. Moreover, the problem may lie both in an insufficient or too bright level of consecration, and in its incorrect location, when some of the lighting fixtures will not be used at all, and in other places it will not be enough.

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Think over the light scheme in advance, use several types of lighting – chandeliers, spotlights, sconces, table lamps, floor lamps. And besides, set several modes of lighting, or simply choose a switch with a light intensity adjustment function. And in places where you read, install additional sconces or lamps..

5. The subject did not fit into the overall picture

Furniture and decor items can be incredibly beautiful on their own, but in general they get out of the general picture of the interior, thereby creating dissonance in the combination of items with each other..

Before buying this or that piece of furniture or decor, imagine it at home, in the setting of an apartment or house next to all other items.

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6. Piling up objects in the room

For quite a long time, the principle of minimalism has dominated in interior design, but not in the concept of style, but in the concept of utilitarianism, that is, using only the most necessary items. Other furniture that may be required for a party or social gathering can be stored in specially designated areas for this function. In addition, the piling up of unnecessary items not only spoils the appearance of the room, but also interferes with free movement around the house, which is especially important for families with small children..

It’s better to buy some really stylish and suitable chairs than a set of chairs, just because there is more seating. In this case, folding chairs or small stools are very useful – it is convenient and compact. The same applies to folding tables, their choice is simply huge. Designers and engineers are constantly developing more and more mechanisms for transforming tables. There are even such models that when folded you would never think that 12 people can sit comfortably at this table. Such simple solutions will help you save space and not clutter up the room with unnecessary items at the moment..


7. Unsuitable high art

This mistake applies to art objects that are so original and self-sufficient that they simply cannot be combined with other interior items. These can be paintings that are either too large in size, or objects that simply do not fit into the overall style of the house, like a portrait of the Renaissance in a high-tech interior.

Large paintings or a whole composition of several paintings, sculptures and statues are objects that are very self-sufficient, bright, and therefore require large sizes and space. Be very vigilant with such purchases, which are certainly beautiful and worthy of attention, but will only fit the interior in the same style and appropriate area. It is best to decorate large, spacious apartments and houses with such objects of art..

8. Incorrectly selected wall decoration

Such a mistake is very relevant during cosmetic repairs, when it is necessary to update the paint or wallpaper on the walls. When the work is finished and you have brought all the furniture back, it turns out that the color or shade of the new wallpaper does not match the furniture at all, or, even worse, it turned out to be in the opposite color scheme..


Before renovation, contact a designer or a colorist to advise you on a suitable wall decoration, or choose a new wall color yourself in advance, taking into account your furniture and decor.

9. Furniture strictly along the walls

The use of furniture, in particular cabinets, pencil cases and chests of drawers, along the walls is an old method of furnishing, dating back to the days of the USSR. But how ridiculous a large room looks, in which all the furniture is displayed along the walls, like in a store. Now it is very fashionable to zone large spaces and place several zones in one large room, for example, a living room, a hall and an entrance hall. This method of planning a dwelling is very convenient, since thanks to zoning, the scale of the space is preserved..

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10. Confusion in styles

Such a mistake occurs very often, because it is very difficult for a simple layman to navigate in all interior styles and immediately determine which item belongs to which style. That is why, in many apartments you can find a tasteless mixture of everything in a row.



If you yourself are arranging furniture in an apartment, do not be lazy to look through books on art history and interior design..

Of course, there is such a style as eclecticism, which is a mix of several styles, but it is very difficult to create a truly stylish eclectic design. Try not to risk mixing styles and stick to one style of your choice..

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