13 Interior Design Mistakes: How to Fix Them

Dated: April 4 2024

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Interior design mistakes can make your home look unprofessional and uninviting. Here are 13 mistakes to avoid and what to do instead according to design professionals:

Mistake 1: Furniture Lined Up Against the Walls

Should you place your furniture against a wall?

Interior designers recommend pulling furniture away from the walls to create conversation areas and a more functional space.

Mistake 2: Too-Small Rugs

r/HomeDecorating - a living room with a couch and a table

Rugs that are too small can make a room look off-balanced. The size of your rug should be determined by the size of the furniture grouping and the area you want to define.

Mistake 3: Inadequate Lighting

A single light fixture in the center of the ceiling is not enough. Layering your lighting with recessed lights, sconces, and table lamps will create a more inviting atmosphere.

Mistake 4: Non-Complementary Paint Colors

Using mismatched whites or colors that don't flow from room to room can make your home look disjointed. Consider consulting a colorist to create a cohesive palette.

Mistake 5: Too-Small Light Fixtures

Light fixtures that are too small won't provide enough light and can look awkward. The size of the light fixture should be proportional to the size of the room.

Mistake 6: Mixing Lighting Temperatures

Creative Lighting with Mixed Color Temperatures

Mixing warm and cool-toned lighting can make a room feel uncomfortable. Choose a color temperature (in Kelvin) that is consistent throughout your home.

Mistake 7: Pendants Hung Too High or Low

The bottom of a pendant light should ideally hang around 30-36 inches above a table or countertop.

Mistake 8: Not Mixing and Matching Furniture

5 Expert Tips to Mix and Match Furniture from Tidbits and Twine

A room with furniture from all the same source can look boring. Don't be afraid to mix and match pieces from different eras and styles to create a more personal and interesting space.

Mistake 9: Overstyled Shelves

Curated shelves add a personal touch to a room, but cramming too many tchotchkes on them can make the space feel cluttered.

Mistake 10: Art That’s Hung Too High

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Ideally, the center of a piece of art should be around 60 inches from the floor.

Mistake 11: Art That’s Not the Right Scale


Artwork that is too small or too large for the space can look out of place. The size of the art should be proportional to the size of the furniture and the wall.

Mistake 12: Hanging Curtains Too Low

Hanging curtains too low can make your ceilings look shorter. Ideally, hang them at least 6 inches above the window casing.

Mistake 13: Hemming Curtains Too Short

Are you curtains just a little too short? Home blogger Liz Fourez shares a few ways you can easily add extra length.

Curtains that are too short can make your windows look small. Ideally, they should just kiss the floor.

By following these expert tips and avoiding common pitfalls, you can create a beautiful and inviting home that reflects your unique style. Remember, your home is a place to relax and feel comfortable, so don't be afraid to experiment and have fun with your design choices.

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Jon Speich

I'm a licensed, full-time realtor with JPW Realty specializing in residential real estate. My clients trust me to be an expert negotiator and manager who can deliver the most money in the least amount....

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