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Seven interior design mistakes to avoid

From first-timers to experienced renovators, these are the top no-nos when transforming your home

You don’t need to design your apartment with everything you can find in Ikea and Home Centre.

There is a lot of decision-making that goes into making your dream home. One mistake can lead to an unflattering space, but one good decision can bring out captivating style.

Whether you are designing for the first time or renovating, it is important to know the best way to design for a better experience in your own home.

Below is a selection of common interior design mistakes to avoid, so you don’t repeat them.

1. Dark colours

Colours play an important role in people’s emotions; it can improve or worsen someone’s mood. Nothing says “depressing” more than a room designed with dark colours. Make your apartment feel like home and not a place that will urge people to run away, with the right selection of colours.

You don’t need to design your apartment with everything you can find in Ikea and Home Centre.

2. Dark, heavy furniture

Some people choose to buy this kind of furniture because they think it adds a vibe of ancient décor in a house. The truth is it only makes their apartment seem small and can make those in the space feel constricted.

3. Too much furniture

Unnecessary furniture is simply that: useless and unhelpful. Aside from the fact you will seemingly always bumping into something, it makes your apartment look unflattering. Don’t buy furniture when you don’t need it because it also leads to the next mistake.

4. Over-cluttering

There is beauty in simplicity. You don’t need to design your apartment with everything you can find in Ikea and Home Centre because they all seem beautiful and fitting for your chosen theme for your apartment. Be detailed but on point.

Do not decide on buying furniture without envisioning in your mind how it will look in your space

5. Wrong furniture for the wrong space

There is always right furniture for the right space. Determine the space and find the right furniture for it. Do not decide on buying furniture without envisioning in your mind how it will look in your space. Does it make your room feel enjoyable to stay in? Does it flatter your apartment? Think, then decide.

6. Choices that aren’t sustainable

When buying furniture, do not buy any pieces you know will not last more than a few months – don’t buy and throw. Always opt for durable furniture – choose quality. Make sure that the furniture is made of natural materials to ensure a long, useful life.

7. Bad lighting

Lighting is of course important in an apartment. But having the wrong type can render it almost useless. Choose lighting that consumes less energy and does not create heat. It is best to go for eco-friendly options.

The writer is the cofounder and CEO of Frank Porter Design, as well as the cofounder and COO of Airbnb management company Frank Porter

frankporterdesign.com; frankporter.com

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