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Interior designers reveal the biggest mistakes people make when they decorate their homes

We asked three interior decorators about the most common design mistakes they see people make.


By Talia Lakritz, INSIDER

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The INSIDER Summary:

  • INSIDER spoke to three interior designers to find out what people are doing wrong when they decorate their homes.
  • People often buy rugs that are the wrong size and orient them the wrong way.
  • Open storage leaves clutter out in the open for everyone to see.
  • If furniture matches too well, your house looks like a showroom.
  • A room without enough lighting or accessories lacks personality.
Interior designers have an eye for colors, patterns, and textures, as well as a great sense of how furniture works in a space. They can tell when something is off, whether it's the orientation of a rug or the amount of light in a room. They also know plenty of ways to make a space better that others might not notice or think of.

INSIDER asked three interior designers about the most common mistakes they see people make when decorating their homes. Here's what they had to say.


Mistake #1: Rugs that are the wrong size or orientation


The rug should be big enough to hold all of the furniture.
In a common area like a living room, a rug should be wider than the width of your furniture so that it serves as a base. In a bedroom, it should be perpendicular to the bed.

"It should be hitting your bed like a 'T' but they'll run it the long way of the bed, instead, so that it's not underneath the nightstand and it looks kind of funny," Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Design told INSIDER.


Mistake #2: Exposed clutter


Hide clutter with covered storage.
"If you're going to have open storage, like shelves or nightstands that have an open base, it's really, really important to consider what you're going to be putting on that, because that becomes your design," said Murray.

Make sure you're including a variety of neatly-organized accessories and pay attention to color groupings. You want an artful, eclectic mix of items, not a chaotic mess.


Mistake #3: Buying furniture that matches too well


There is such a thing as matching too well.
You don't want your home to look like a furniture showroom. A collected look adds personality.

"For example, I wouldn't buy matching a bed frame with matching end tables because it'll just make your room look like a catalogue," interior designer Max Humphrey told INSIDER. "The best rooms are ones that look like they've been collected over time."


Mistake #4: Not enough lighting


Sometimes you need more than an overhead light.
Extra lighting doesn't just make it easier to see — it also helps a space feel more dynamic.

"Sometimes people will have overhead lighting and they think that's enough, but I like to layer lighting," interior designer Holly Hickey Moore told INSIDER. "Have ambient lighting from your floor lamps and table lamps."


Mistake #5: No accessories

Yawn.

It's the little styling touches that make a space look and feel complete. Don't underestimate how important they are.

"It's always nice to have a budget made and leave some money for art and accessories," Moore said. "Those are just as important as the big pieces of furniture, the rugs, the TV, or whatever it is you want in your space."


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