7 main mistakes in the interior: what not to do

Interior design is a capricious occupation, it is not easy to create it, but it is easy to spoil it. Any living space, be it a country mansion, or apartment, can be turned into a comfortable oasis for life. But it is worth breaking one or two interior taboos and the situation will not be as comfortable as we would like. We have collected for you the TOP 7 mistakes in interior design that should not be allowed.

Incorrect organization of space

The interior is a space for living, which, first of all, should be comfortable. No matter how luxurious the picture ends up being, if the functional areas are initially defined incorrectly, you will not be able to feel truly comfortable. So that life does not become a series of compromises for you, when determining the functional areas in the apartment, start with your daily routine and habits.

If you need privacy for work, take care of a dedicated workplace. And vice versa – if you don’t use a computer desk as such, is it worth allocating space for it, or is it better to use space for other purposes?

Functional zones must be clearly defined for each room, the ways of movement from zone to zone must be convenient, and the means of zoning must meet the needs of the interior and its inhabitants. Take for example open shelving – a stylish and modern way of zoning, which will allow natural light to freely penetrate deep into the room. Behind it, you can ” hide ” a workplace or a sleeping area. But you need to remember that such a solution will not provide you with sound insulation and full privacy.  

The project above demonstrates how to highlight functional areas in one space. The low open shelving allowed for a workspace to be organically placed in the living room.

Another way of zoning on the example of a project in a modern style. The bedroom is hidden behind a mirrored interior partition, which promises not only complete privacy, but also interesting mirror perspectives for the interior.

Conceived lighting script

Properly selected lighting will help to place accents in the interior, create a certain atmosphere and even highlight functional areas. Or it can ruin the entire design idea in the bud – the interior will delight the eye in the light of day, but with the advent of twilight, the wrong artificial light will spoil the whole impression.

The interior of a bachelor studio apartment demonstrates how functional areas in a room can be highlighted with the help of light.

The main task of lighting is to be comfortable. Take care of the right sources of artificial light in important areas: the workplace, the mirror over the sink, the dressing table, the kitchen, the reading nook, and so on.

It is important to determine the temperature spectrum of lighting and its brightness. Too bright or cold light in the bedroom, living room, or dining room will suggest a treatment room. Poor lighting, in turn, will make the interior gloomy.

The more multi-format light sources in the interior, the better – play with the light, and change the mood in the room. The number and location of sources should be considered in advance. The same applies to sockets and switches. They should not be saved. In the future, this will save you from extension cords that have not yet decorated any interior.

Uncomfortable colors

It is easy to make a mistake when choosing an interior palette on your own. Moreover, there are several ways to do it. For example, combine incongruous shades. Even classic interior color pairs, such as blue + brown or gray + yellow, can turn into a fiasco if you don’t guess with the tone.

The second way to make a mistake with the choice of color is to show excessive restraint. Many people are afraid of bright colors in the interior and go the path of least resistance, choosing a neutral color scheme. There is nothing wrong with neutral tones as such, the main thing is to avoid monotony. You can beautifully combine several muted shades from the same spectrum and enliven the atmosphere due to the variety of textures, or you can drown the interior in a monotonous boring beige color.

The loft-style project illustrates how to introduce a juicy hue into an interior based on neutral colors.

Fans of Scandinavian minimalism often rely on white in the interior. But even here you can make a mistake and turn the room into an uncomfortable hospital ward.

Conversely, if you go too far with the number of colors in one room, the interior will look overloaded, colorful, and unbalanced.

A competent interior designer will help you to create a comfortable color scheme. However, you need to understand that the designer always starts with the tastes of the customer, and if you have the desire to paint the wall in the bedroom red, it will come true. There is nothing reprehensible in the very desire to use bold colors in the interior. The main thing to remember about their relevance. Bright colors in the interior of an office or bedroom can be a natural irritant that interferes with the mood for relaxation or productive work. If you really want a bright wall in the bedroom – let it appear behind the head of the bed and not be in your sight.


In interior design, you need to know the measure, both with flowers, as well as with furniture and decor. Get rid of unnecessary things that you do not use for their intended purpose. Even works of art or antiques have their own function – decorative. If hundreds of other “ decorations ”  interfere with admiring them, the effect will be blurred.

A cluttered room can cause an anxious unpleasant feeling in a person who is in it and prevent free movement in space. Rubbish tends to accumulate and grow. Give preference to what is necessary and rational. Functional decor should be preferred to useless dust collectors – spectacular designer lamps or living plants that emit oxygen.

Modern interiors gravitate towards simplicity and minimalism. In the past, there are complex plasterboard structures on the ceilings, an abundance of furniture, massive closed storage systems, and complex multi-layered draperies on the windows.

Prints and graphics should also be dosed into the interior, especially when it comes to small spaces.

Wrong proportions

When choosing the size of the furniture, start with the area of the room and the height of the ceilings. Inappropriately bulky or, on the contrary, small furniture can spoil the whole impression of the interior.

So, in a room with low ceilings, there is no place for tall cabinets and massive museum chandeliers.

If we are talking about the small size, this does not mean that your task is to choose the most compact furniture solutions. A minimum of normal-sized furniture forms is better than a lot of small elements.

Proportions are also important for wall decoration. Pictures, panels, and other wall decor are often located at the wrong height. The correct position is at the height of the eyes of a standing person.

Style imbalance

Not everyone can competently combine style-forming elements, let alone mix interior styles. If you buy everything you like without thinking about style balance, the result will be style chaos.

There are successful examples of interiors built on stylistic contrasts, but such a fusion is already from the realm of art. So we smoothly move on to the number 7 of our TOP of mistakes.

Refusal of professional help

Relying on your own strength is good, and seeking help from a professional is even better. Interior design is a delicate matter and it is better to entrust it to a specially trained person. You can independently decide on the style, functionality, and color scheme, but you will not be immune from mistakes.

Interior design should precede the rough work stage. Otherwise, there is a chance that you will be dissatisfied with the result. Stylistic flaws in decor and furnishings are relatively easy to resolve, but changing the color scheme, lighting scenario, and space organization is another level of complexity.

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