top of page

5 Interior Design Don'ts

Interior design can be divided into two areas, one is more focused on architectural space planning, remodeling, and hard finishes, while the other is concentrated on aspects such as furnishings, art, and paint. This article focuses on "don'ts" in the latter category. Once you've committed to choices like moving a wall or kitchen renovations, undoing or changing those choices requires considerable time and financial investment. While making changes regarding a sofa selection, for example, may be a hassle, it is definitely more doable.

Don't: Furniture against the wall

Crate and Barrel

Placing all your furniture against the wall is a common mistake to avoid. Instead, aim for a more dynamic and visually engaging floor plan by incorporating floating furniture pieces. Take some time to sketch out different arrangements on paper and explore various possibilities. For example, consider adding a couple of chairs that are positioned away from the walls, creating a more inviting and diverse seating arrangement. I understand that depending on the space, placing a sofa against the wall may be necessary. Even then, there are ways to improve the overall look, such as simply pulling it away from the wall a few inches.

Don't Overlook Lighting

Lighting plays a pivotal role in interior design as it has the power to transform the mood and ambiance of a space. It is not just about providing illumination; it is an art form that enhances architectural features, highlights key elements, and sets the desired atmosphere. Properly designed lighting can create a warm and welcoming environment, accentuate textures and colors, and elevate the overall aesthetic appeal of a room. It allows for flexibility in adjusting the intensity and direction of light to suit different activities and moods throughout the day. Whether it's natural light pouring through large windows or carefully curated artificial lighting fixtures, the right lighting design can make all the difference, adding depth, drama, and functionality to any interior space.

Don't Forget to Measure

One common mistake to avoid is failing to measure the room accurately, resulting in furniture that doesn't fit. It may seem tempting to rely on estimation or "eyeballing" the measurements, but this can lead to unexpected challenges. We've all been there, struggling to fit a sofa through a doorway that's too narrow. To prevent such mishaps, I highly recommend measuring not just once, but twice. Take the time to double-check your measurements, as even a small error can have significant consequences. It's surprising how easily a simple inversion of numbers can create unexpected hurdles. So, remember to measure twice, and then measure again, to ensure a seamless and stress-free furniture arrangement.

Don't Hang Art Too High

When it comes to hanging art on walls, one important guideline to remember is to avoid hanging it too high. Many people have the misconception that positioning art higher on the wall makes it more prominent or important. However, this can actually detract from the overall visual impact and enjoyment of the artwork. To truly appreciate and connect with a piece of art, it should be hung at eye level or slightly above. This allows viewers to engage with the details, colors, and textures in a more intimate and immersive way. By keeping art at the appropriate height, you create a harmonious balance within the space.

Don't Overlook Scale

Mastering the art of scale is a challenge even for seasoned designers. One common misstep I often notice is the inclusion of elements that are either disproportionately small or excessively large, resulting in a hindered functionality and compromised aesthetics. It's crucial to consider the relationship between different furniture pieces. For example, if you opt for a generously sized sectional, don't overlook the importance of selecting an appropriately sized coffee table and rug. For example, I often see an 8 x 10 or even a 5 x7 rug in a living space, but when paired with most modern sectionals, it will appear minuscule and throw off the visual balance (even making the space look smaller!). By carefully considering scale, you can create a harmonious and aesthetically pleasing environment within your space.

Every detail of an interior's design contributes to the overall look and feel of a space. Small changes like adjusting furniture placement or incorporating the right lighting can make a significant difference in transforming your home. So, take the time to carefully plan, measure twice, and consider the finer details to achieve an interior design that truly reflects your style and enhances your living experience. Remember, interior design is a creative journey that should reflect your personal style and preferences while considering the principles of design. With thoughtful consideration and attention to detail, you can transform your space into a true reflection of your unique personality and taste.


image0 (19).jpeg

Meet Christa

Ever since I can remember I have been fascinated by interiors. When I was very young, I used to draw floorplans on napkins at restaurants and always wanted more Legos (Barbie? No, thank you. But I'd have gladly redesigned her Malibu Mansion). And when my friends came over to play "house," all I did was find ways to redecorate and knock out walls.


I'm not so young anymore, but I still love interiors. And I can't remember what I did yesterday, but I still remember exactly what my Aunt Susan's cabinets and wallpaper looked like in 1984.  

bottom of page