Interior design is a very personal thing. Everyone has a certain something they absolutely love – or something they completely despise. Nevertheless, there are certain universal rules of design that simply everyone should follow. Here are the best – or worst, depending on your worldview – examples of interior design gone wrong, really, really, wrong. Take heed and take note of these interior disasters before you start your next design project. Don’t become another member in this gallery of interior design horrors.
1. Inappropriate Themes
There’s nothing wrong with having a theme in your home or in certain rooms. But remember to keep your décor feeling authentic. Designing an entire room around an out-of-place theme will be overwhelming to live with. Having a living room decorating from top to bottom with Chinese furnishings and accessories when you live in the middle of the Scottish Highlands will feel out of place and oppressive. It will not help tell the story of you and that should be first on your list when you decorate.
2. Everything Matches Everything
Having a room where everything matches can either give the impression you’re living inside the page of a furniture catalogue, or that you’re living in the real world version of a doll’s dream house. If the furniture and décor in a room all match, it can look immature, and make your home look unliveable. No matter the situation, or the colour scheme you decide on, it will not look good. Better to break up that colour or design with something that will contrast well with it.
3. Too Many Strong Patterns, Too Little Space
Maybe you really love stripes, or chevrons, or polka dots. Being around them just makes you happy, so you think that using them in all your design ideas for your home will do nothing but make you even happier. It’s the same problem with having everything matching. An overload of strong patterns in a confined space will make the room feel oppressive and overpowering. Use patterns sparingly and with extreme care.
4. Forgetting to Update Rooms
Vintage and retro furniture styles are back in vogue, and if you have a period property, it’s wise to decorate sympathetically to the house’s style. However, you’ve got to update your rooms to the 21st century! Give your home vintage flourishes if that’s your style, but keeping outdated and tired furnishings will add nothing to your home. Leave avocado bathroom suites and velvet flocked wallpaper in the 1970s.
5. Too Much Clutter
It’s an easy mistake to make. You’ve already got the ornaments inherited from your grandmother, the pictures you’ve collected through university and your first homes, and now you’ve bought new collections to better suit your bigger and better home. You’ve got so many things to show off and display you decide to put everything out at the same time. This is only going to make your rooms feel smaller and a nightmare to keep clean. Pick a selection of ornaments and pictures to have on display, and rotate the pieces regularly. This will stop your rooms from feeling crowded and is a simple way to keep your home feeling freshly decorated for longer.
6. Putting Too Many Design Ideas in the Same Room
You love a variety of different design ideas and want to try combining and fusing them for a unique look in your home. So, why not have a living room with French country-style chairs, modernist plastic chairs, industrial style furniture, and the bright, vivid patterns of a swinging 60s crash pad? Because all the design ideas will clash and make the room look confused and ugly, that’s why not. Pick one design idea to run with for each room, and make your design ideas unified within your home.