Top 10 Most Common Interior Design Mistakes

by Jane K on March 23, 2018

Sometimes the most helpful interior design tips are the kind that tell you what not to do. Here are the highlights from the most recent interior design seminar at our Sugar Land location, which was led by Tim Bryant, Director of Interior Design: The 10 Most Common Interior Design Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them).

Not Planning Ahead

Before you get started buying furniture and accessories, you’ll want to ask yourself these types of questions: How big is the space? How do you plan to use the space? What furniture do you want to keep? What do you need to make your lifestyle possible? You can even use our online room planning tool to help with this process.

Ignoring Functionality

It’s not just finding the right look; you also have to account for functionality. If, for example, your family plans to watch television together in the room, you’ll want to prioritize ample seating and end tables for people to set down their drinks.

Not Accounting for Scale

When furnishing and decorating your home, it’s important to consider proportions. The size of the room should dictate the size of the furniture—just as the size of the wall dictates the size of the artwork you’ll need.

Choosing the Wrong Furniture

When considering bigger items of furniture, choose neutral tones, which will make it easier for you to switch out smaller pieces as your tastes and needs change. In general, you’ll want these pieces to be foundations that the rest of your furniture compliment.

Being Too “Matchy”

Don’t get caught up in purchasing pieces that have the exact same color and finish. Instead, choose pieces that complement each other by finding the common denominator and using that as an accent.

Not Accounting for Texture

Not all your home décor should have the exact same look and feel. Choose different patterns, fabrics, colors, and shapes to give your room texture.

Skipping the Focal Point

One of the most common interior design mistakes is forgetting to give each room a purpose, or a focal point, that draws the eye. If you’re working with a larger space, you might even consider multiple focal points.

Not Involving an Interior Designer

Even if you’ve done your research, involving a professional interior designer can help simplify the designing process. At Star Furniture, we have an entire team of designers available to give you complimentary interior design tips personalized to your needs.

Keeping Pieces That Don’t Fit the Room

Many of us find ourselves holding onto furniture that no longer suits our needs, or which holds some sort of sentimental value. It’s okay to let these pieces go to better serve the ultimate vision.

Ignoring your Personality

If your home décor is going to withstand the test of time, it needs to reflect your personality. Don’t just regurgitate other people’s styles, find a way to make the room yours.

If you’re looking to furnish or decorate your home, visit one of our nine furniture stores throughout Houston, San Antonio, Bryan, and Austin, Texas. You can also follow our interior design blog for even more decorating tips. Check us out today!

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