Experts reveal the biggest mistakes people make when decorating their homes, from small rugs to all-matching furniture

FROM accessories to rugs, choosing furniture and deciding on layouts – there’s a lot to think about when you’re furnishing a home.

Luckily, a team of interior designs have revealed the most common mistakes people make when decorating their house – are you guilty of these?

Choosing furniture that matches too well

You don't want your room to look like a catalogue
You don’t want your room to look like a catalogue

Interior designer Max Humphrey told Insider that matching your furniture too much can make it look like a catalogue.

“I wouldn’t buy matching a bed frame with matching end tables because it’ll just make your room look like a catalogue,” he explained.

“The best rooms are ones that look like they’ve been collected over time.”

Relying on a ceiling light

Opt for a range of lighting
Opt for a range of lighting

According to experts, having an overhead light isn’t enough.

Interior designer Holly Hickey Moore explained “layering” lighting is the best approach and recommends both floor and table lamps.

Clutter on show

Don't show off your clutter
Don’t show off your clutter

Whatever you do, don’t expose disorganised shelves.

“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,” explained Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Design.

Rugs that are the wrong size

Choose a rug wisely
Choose a rug wisely

According to experts, a rug in the living room should always be wider than the width of your furniture  – otherwise, it’s too small.

When it comes to a rug in the bedroom, Murray says it should “run the long way of the bed” so it doesn’t look misplaced under the bedside table.

Neglecting accessories

Always have a budget for accessories
Always have a budget for accessories

“It’s always nice to have a budget made and leave some money for art and accessories,” Moore explained.

“Those are just as important as the big pieces of furniture, the rugs, the TV, or whatever it is you want in your space.”

Choosing oversized furniture

Don't choose furniture that's too oversized
Don’t choose furniture that’s too oversized

Christine Stucker of US company Stewart-Schafer told My Domaine that “less is more” when it comes to furnishing.

“By being smart about the pieces you buy, you can actually add more seating space without all of the bulk,” she revealed.

“Daybeds and benches are perfect solutions for expanding seating space while still achieving a refined look.

“We also prefer sleek, streamlined sofas rather than bulky, oversized seating that adds heaviness to a room and takes away from the actual design.”

Lack of contrast

Opt for contrast in your furnishings
Opt for contrast in your furnishings

Interior designer Katie Hodges revealed one of the most common mistakes is not considering contrast between furnishings.

“When you take away the element of colour, you must focus on getting the necessary contrast and interest in other ways for the room to feel right,” she told My Domaine.

If you’re opting for a dark dining table, Hodges recommends choosing a lighter rug to achieve contact and opting for chairs that are “at least three shades lighter or darker”.

Curtains that are too short

Make sure your curtains are the correct length
Make sure your curtains are the correct length

According to experts, it’s the ultimate fail.

“Nothing looks odder than a long curtain that misses the floor by five inches,” explained interior designer Tali Roth.

“It throws off the scale of the whole space.”

Hodges added: “When it comes to the length of your drapes, anything that’s more than an inch off the ground (literally) falls short.

“If you’re purchasing ready-made, make sure that they touch the floor, even if you have to buy the next size up and have them hemmed.”


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