Five Common Interior Design Mistakes You’re Probably Making

An interior designer shares the most common mistakes she sees people making.
Interior design mistakes.

Whether it’s recreating the kitchen from your favourite Nancy Meyer’s film or finding the perfect balance between Scandi minimalism and French provincial, most of us have an idea of what we want out living spaces to look like—only, our visions don’t always match the reality.

When you have a space that doesn’t feel quite right, it’s not always easy to put your finger on exactly what’s not working. Is it the new lamp, the colour of your walls, or something different altogether?

For those struggling with an interior dilemma, Miss Amara interior designer, Shaye Ford shares the five most common interior mistakes she sees people making.

Five Common Interior Design Mistakes You Might Be Making

1. Matching Everything 

If you want your living space to have more depth and interest then Shaye advises against sticking to one style or colour scheme.

“While it’s important to have a cohesive design scheme, matching every piece of furniture and décor exactly can make the space feel flat and uninspired,” Shaye explains. “Instead, mix and match different styles, colours, and textures to create visual interest.”

So, if you lean towards a more antique interior design style, bringing in a couple of modern items can be a good way to shake your space up.

2. Selecting The Wrong Sized Furniture 

Interior design mistakes you might be making.
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When it comes to selecting furniture, Shaye says that it’s important to consider the size of the room it’s going in before purchasing.

“Pay attention to the scale and proportion of furniture in relation to the size of your room. Oversized furniture can overwhelm small spaces, while too-small pieces can make large rooms feel empty. Aim for balance and harmony in scale,” Shaye says.

3. Sticking To A White Colour Scheme 

Fans of neutrals, prepare yourselves, as Shaye believes we all need to use a bit more colour in our homes—especially in the kitchen.

“I see so many people opting for the safe colour option, White!” Shaye says, “whilst white is amazing, most people thrive with a little colour in their life!”

“A kitchen is a big investment, which is why a lot of people choose white, however I often see a lack of excitement once installed as white can be boring—especially in a space that you spend a lot of time in, a space you need to give back to you, a space that should make you smile!”

4. Neglecting Rugs 

Miss Amara rug
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“Rugs can anchor a room and tie together different elements of the design,” Shaye says. “However, choosing the wrong size or style of rug, or placing it incorrectly, can detract from the overall aesthetic.”

“Make sure your rug is the right size for the space and consider its placement carefully.”

5. Not Taking The Time To Understand The Space

It’s tempting to start filling your space with items as soon as you move in but Shaye recommends people take more time getting to know their homes before filling them.

“Understanding your space can take real thought,” Shaye explains, “so I say, take a step back and really encompass the room as one.”

According to Shaye, a good way to understand a room is to reflect on the following questions.

“How do you currently use it? What does this room do for you? how does it work in your lifestyle and how do you want it to make you feel when you’re in it?”

“Take your time when selecting furniture and décor,” Shaye advises. “It’s better to wait for the right piece that perfectly fits your vision than to settle for something that doesn’t quite work. Be patient and enjoy the process of transforming your space.”

The Best Home Décor Items To Buy In 2024

Freedom Couch

AERO Fabric Sofa

From $2039 from Freedom

With it’s plush velvet fabric, cool low back design and modern boucle cushions , this Freedom sofa is a stylish edition to any living space.

Key Features:

  • Multiple foam densities at base
  • Sturdy backing frame
  • 3 Seater

Maison Balzac vases

Maison Balzac Margot Glass Trio

From $89.00 at Maison Balzac

With amber, pink and clear iterations, this stylish trio of vases come guaranteed to bring a little fun into any living space.

Key features:

  • Borosilicate glass
  • 18cm X 4cm X 2.5cm
  • Also available in Smoke/Teal/Clear

Table lamps to buy in 2024.

Sorento Ceramic Table Lamp in White

From $199 at Myer

Featuring an oversized design and neutral shades, this stylish table lamp will elevate any living space.

Key features:

  • 30x30x60cm dimension
  • Ceramic base
  • Oversized

Darren Palmer Zen Rug in White.

Darren Palmer Zen Rug in White

From $640.00 at Myer

With its gentle curves and soft wool, this classic rug achieves the perfect balance between classic and modern.

Key features:

  • Hand tufted construction
  • 20mm pile height
  • Made in India

Karmen Blue and Ivory Geometric Patterned Round Rug

Miss Amara Karmen Blue and Ivory Geometric Patterned Round Rug

From $199 at Miss Amara

This Miss Amara rug will bring a bohemian element into almost every living space.

Key features:

  • Microfibre polyester
  • Woven
  • Round

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