top of page

10 common interior design mistakes and fixes: a guide to enhancing your home’s aesthetic

Address interior design mistakes and create the ideal aesthetic for your home.

Creating a space that feels like home is an art form, and many homeowners aspire to perfect this art through interior design. However, the journey to achieving a visually appealing and functional home is often fraught with common pitfalls. Understanding these mistakes can significantly improve your home’s aesthetic and functionality. Here’s a look at ten common interior design mistakes and how to avoid them.

1. Overcrowding Rooms: One of the most frequent missteps is filling every corner with furniture and decor. This can make a space feel cramped and smaller than it actually is. Instead, opt for a minimalist approach. Allow your room to "breathe" by leaving some areas open, which can make the space feel larger and more inviting.

2. Ignoring Scale and Proportion: Furniture and decor that are too large or too small for a room disrupt its harmony. Ensure that the size of your pieces complements the space. Use tape to mock-up sizes before making purchases to envision how they will fit.

3. Poor Lighting Choices: Lighting sets the mood for any room. Relying solely on overhead lights can create a harsh environment. Incorporate various lighting sources, such as floor lamps and sconces, to add warmth and depth.

4. Matching Everything: While coordination is key, overly matching colors and patterns can make your space feel flat and uninspired. Mix textures, patterns, and styles to add character and interest.

5. Neglecting Color Balance: Bold colors can energize a room, but too much can overwhelm. Balance vibrant tones with neutral hues to create a cohesive look that feels grounded.

6. Overlooking Functionality: A beautiful room that isn’t practical isn’t truly livable. Design with your lifestyle in mind, ensuring that beauty and functionality coexist.

7. Forgetting Personal Touches: Your home should reflect your personality. Incorporate items that tell your story, such as family heirlooms, art, or collections, to make your space uniquely yours.

8. Hanging Art Incorrectly: Art hung too high or too low can disrupt the visual harmony of a space. As a general rule, the center of the artwork should be at eye level.

9. Lack of Rug Layering or Incorrect Sizing: A rug that’s too small can make a room feel disjointed. Ensure your rug is appropriately sized for your space, and consider layering rugs for added texture and warmth.

10. Forgetting About Greenery: Plants not only add life to your interior but also improve air quality. Incorporate a mix of heights and species to add depth and vitality to your home.

Partnering with Home Preservation for Your Interior Design Dreams

While avoiding these common mistakes can enhance your home's interior, partnering with Home Preservation can take your home stewardship to the next level. Home Preservation helps homeowners secure high-quality contractors for necessary work, ensuring that your focus can remain on making your home a welcoming and aesthetically pleasing space. With Home Preservation looking out for your home’s care in a preventative manner, you can invest more energy into realizing your interior design dreams. This partnership allows homeowners to not only maintain their home efficiently but also to transform it into a reflection of their personal style and aspirations. With Home Preservation, your home is not just maintained; it's cherished and beautifully preserved for years to come. Schedule a free assessment today to learn more about how we can support you as your partner in home stewardship.


bottom of page