Spotting poor interior design solutions can often be difficult. Here are nine rules that will guide you through this process.
When it comes to home decoration, we all try our best to make our living space as beautiful as possible. However, sometimes the whole thing feels off. No matter how much time you put into it, you aren’t satisfied with the whole look. This can happen even when hiring a designer, as not all of them are reliable.
Identifying the problem can be really difficult, and you might not know whether it’s the furniture, layout, or some other elements that are ruining your concept. To help you recognize bad 3D interior designs, we will show you some of the pet peeves of experienced interior designers.
Here are some of the most common mistakes that are made in interior design. By knowing about them and keeping an eye out for these issues, you will be able to find them in your designs and get rid of them.
1. Is there too much furniture?
One of the most common mistakes people make in interior design is too much furniture. No matter what room we are talking about, crowding it with tons of furniture won’t do you any good. Even if it happens to look ok, your rooms won’t be functional. It will be difficult to use them and move through them.
On the other hand, it might look good on a drawing, but when you get into a room with too much furniture, you will instantly feel cramped. No matter what kind of a room you are designing, make sure that every piece of furniture has its purpose. Additionally, make sure it can be used properly.
You can start with the most important piece of furniture when designing a room. Once you’ve found the right spot for that furniture, try to build around it. This is how you will create balance and flow in your room.
2. Are the curtains properly attached?
Curtains are a special part of every room, and many people (especially women) love seeing a majestic and large curtain decorating their windows. However, most people have a misconception about curtains, seeing them as a part of the window itself, but they aren’t.
People like to attach them to the window frame, but this can negatively affect the design of the whole room. Your curtains should be attached all the way to the ceiling. This is how your windows will look larger, and the whole room will look taller.
Ideally, your curtains should also touch the floor just a tad, but you can also leave them hanging over the floor, as this option goes really well with many designs. This will also help the room breathe a bit more.
3. Check if the scale is good
Scale and proportion are also very common mistakes in interior design. Decorating a whole space with a lot of different elements can be difficult, and even designers slip up and forget about the scale. Apart from adding different elements that are all different in size and simply don’t go well with each other, people often put too many things in a room.
With such cluttered space, everything looks like a pile of garbage, and the eye has nowhere to land. Another mistake people make is putting bulky and large elements in the room. This will make the room look small and stuffed. It’s important to combine the right sizes, heights, and shapes to create a good scale.
It can be really difficult to find proportion and scale on your own, especially if you have no experience in interior design. You should leave this part to the professionals, but make sure to remind them about this important aspect of interior design.
4. Are the furniture sets matching?
Matching sets are still important. However, this doesn’t mean buying a premade set which you can add to a specific room. Instead, this means having the patience to pick out things that match and always consider the whole composition of your room. Mix genres, colors, and textures to elevate your space.
One of the most important things to consider is how furnishings and furniture mix together. Use design elements that create movement and space. After setting these elements in place, accentuate them by adding art pieces and composing objects.
Bear in mind that furniture arrangements and clashing furniture together can make the whole room much smaller. The larges pieces in your room also need to match each other and create a foundation on which you can build with colors and different styles.
5. Too many decorations
Yes, it’s possible to put up too many decorations. Decorations might be good, but putting too many in a room will result in a total mess. Your whole room will look cluttered and extremely tacky. You don’t want your home to look like a flea market with things stacked on top of each other.
This way, even those extravagant decorations you use won’t be noticeable. Try to find world-class items that will make your home look like a museum, don’t turn it into some jumbled up thrift store. Good taste requires restraint and not just cluttering space with as many things as possible.
6. Stacking furniture against the wall only
In the past, people didn’t have a lot of furniture options. Most of the furniture was designed to be put against a wall, and it didn’t even have any finish on the back. It simply looked ugly. This has created a habit with many people where they always put the furniture back against the wall.
If you do this, you are at risk of creating lots of dead space in the middle of each room. Luckily, there are lots of furniture options that can be placed anywhere, even in the middle of the room. Additionally, when you put elements next to a wall, make sure to leave a couple of inches between them.
This creates a more open and inviting feel to the whole area. Feel free to experiment with furniture placement, as you can completely change the layout of the space and give it that fresh look.
7. Unbalanced height
Interior designers have a thing called “height clearance”, which refers to the height of different furniture and fixtures which need to be used daily. For example, it’s very important that your dining table and the chairs are aligned in height so that people can sit properly and eat comfortably without feeling pain in their arms or back.
Leg clearance is also important – it helps ensure that people can move properly and helps you avoid scratching different elements against each other. If you have a coffee table in front of your sofa, make sure that it’s low enough so that people can reach their cups and comfortably enjoy their morning routine.
This rule also applies when getting a nightstand. Make sure that you can reach it easily and put away anything with ease. When it comes to height, take special care of the kitchen, as this area needs to be functional above all else.
8. Rug size doesn’t fit the room
In general, going with a larger rug is always a good idea. With smaller rugs in the center of your living room, the whole place can come off a smaller. Putting multiple small rugs under the coffee table, in front of the sofa, and so on could make the room seem tiny and uncomfortable. These things can move easily and slide under someone’s feet, making them feel awkward.
Putting a single large rug in the center of the room can open up your space and give off that sense of grandeur. Of course, when choosing rugs, look for those made out of natural fiber. They bring a lot of sophistication and sense of luxury to any room they are put in.
9. Poor navigation
As we mentioned several times by now, every room needs to be functional and fulfill its purpose. The key here is navigation. You need to think about whether or not people can easily navigate through the room and do everything they want. In regards to navigation, furniture can be the most disruptive element.
Poor furniture layout can confuse people, making them unsure about where they should walk and how to find their way around the room. You can’t look at furniture selection and placement separately. Always consider what kind of furniture you will be getting based on the plan of the room.
No matter if you are an aspiring interior designer or just someone who wants to decorate their home, these tips can help you spot poor decisions in your interior design. Make sure to follow the advice we gave you. If you have to, put all these points on paper so that you don’t forget any important details.