5 Interior Design Mistakes To Avoid Making When Designing Your Home

Interior design isn't as simple as it's often thought to be. Between selecting furniture, positioning decor pieces, and choosing the right textures, there are numerous details and decisions that go into designing the perfect space. A slight error throughout this long process could completely ruin all the hard work that went into play. Hence, before your hard work and money goes to waste, here are 5 common interior design mistakes that you should definitely avoid making when designing your home! 

1. Using rugs that are the wrong size for your space 

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Rugs are a great finishing touch to any space, serving to create a point of interest in a room. However, a common mistake that many people tend to make when designing their homes is choosing rugs that aren't the perfect size for their space. Whether it's rugs that are too big or rugs that are too small, using the wrong sized rug could potentially ruin your space. An oversized rug placed in a small space could swallow up the room, making it feel smaller than it actually is. A rug that's too small, on the other hand, could fail to anchor the space whilst making it look rather uninviting.

Thus, the key to creating a balanced space that has an inviting and warm feel is to choose a rug that's the right size for your space. However, this is certainly easier said than done. It can be quite the challenge to choose the perfect sized rug for your home, but here are some general tips that will help you to do so:

  • Before purchasing a rug, consider both the size of the room as well as how your furniture will be placed. This is especially so when placing a rug in rooms like the living room, dining room and bedroom. 
  • Can't visualise how the rug will fit in your space? Try measuring out a floor space based on the size of the rug and use some tape to tape off the measured area. This way, you'll be able to see the outline of the rug, helping you to visualise which rug size will fit your space best. 
  • For areas of the home that have no furniture (e.g. hallway, foyer), choose your rug size determined based on the amount of floor space that should be left exposed around the edges of the room. For instance, in larger areas, you'd probably want to show a bit more of the floor, from anywhere between 30 to 60cm. 

2. Underestimating the power of lighting 

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Lighting is an aspect of the design process that many people tend to overlook and misjudge, despite the fact that lighting is extremely important to any space. A common mistake that many people tend to make is the over reliance on a single light source for a room, with overhead lights being the most common choice in such cases. However, apart from failing to provide sufficient lighting for the space, relying solely on overhead lighting can wash out both the room and the humans living in it, creating a harsh and unflattering effect. Instead, try layering different types of lighting in your space so that you can create the perfect ambiance for any and every situation. 

3. Pushing furniture against the wall

In the past, people tended to push their furniture against the wall as the backs of furniture were usually left unfinished, and hence not pleasant to look at. However, times have changed and so have our furniture. These days, the backs of furniture are just as nicely designed and well made as their front so you no longer have to push your furniture against the wall. 

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Additionally, while we might instinctively assume that pushing our furniture against the wall will help to save or create more space in our home, it actually doesn't! In actual fact, doing the opposite and using your larger pieces of furniture to demarcate spaces can actually create the effect of a wider and more spacious space. Thus, rather than pushing your furniture agains the wall, try some different furniture placements. For instance, to create more intimate and useful seating, pull your pieces closer towards one another. Have a small living room? Consider placing your sofa in the middle of the room instead, to create the illusion of space. 

4. Under or over-sized furniture

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Scale and proportion are two of the most important things to take into consideration when designing a home. They are, however, also two aspects that many people tend to avoid considering when making a purchase. Scale and proportion are more than just measuring the space to ensure that your furniture will fit. It's more about understanding how all the furniture and accessories will look together, when placed in the same space. 

Hence, before making a purchase, don't just rely on your eyes to gauge the size of the space. Get to work with some measuring tape and gather the actual dimensions of your space, and comparing it to the dimensions of the furniture pieces that you have your eye on. Instead of purchasing items because they've caught your eye, consider the overall volume of the space. Get some tape to map out the space and visualise how these pieces are going to fit. If it looks great, go ahead and swipe your credit car or click on that checkout button! 

5. Forgetting that "less is more" 

A general philosophy that most interior designers abide by when designing a space is the idea of "less is more". Overwhelming your home by squeezing in too many furniture and decor pieces as well as unnecessary clutter only ruins the space, creating an environment that is stressful to be in. Thus, keep everything to the minimum. Apart from helping to achieve a comfortable and relaxing space, this will also make clean-ups much more convenient, since you won't have to go around and dust all the small little items that are placed all over your home.  


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