Why You Should Avoid These 3 Interior Design Mistakes

Design isn’t supposed to be super serious and calculated, right?

Well, for the average joe, design technicalities may not matter but, I'm here to tell you why they should. Burst through some design rules and ignore others. We all know the purpose of interior design is to bring pattern, color, and character to your home. Interior design increases the beauty and functionality of your spaces too.

So, take it easy. Don't be a huge stickler for matching hardware, but do follow through with the 3 rules below. What's the harm if you choose not to? It will create imbalance in your space and take away from its charm.

Now, let's get into the 3 most common design mistakes and rules to prevent them:

Mistake 1: Hanging artwork that is too low or too high.

The Rule— Artwork that is at a proper height will be at eye level.

Essentially, this means- artwork will be 57''-60'' from the floor to the center of whatever it is your hanging. Anything higher will look like a ghost floating on your wall. Anything lower will shrink your room and make it seem shorter than it really is. Who wants that?

Key takeaway: This rule does adjust slightly if you live in a home with very high ceilings.  

Main benefit of keeping artwork at a consistent height in one space creates visual balance and allows your space to look more polished.

Mistake 2: Choosing fixture sizes that are too big or too small.

The Rule—Fixtures being hung over a table should have a diameter that is about 1/2-2/3 of the width of the table.

Allow 30-40'' between the surface of the table and the bottom of the fixture.

Example: A 4' wide table will require a fixture that is about 24''-32'' in diameter (1/2 to 2/3 of 4').

Mistake 3: Installing curtains that look like high-water pants.

The Rule— Please do not hang your curtain rod as close to the window casing as possible... 

  • There should be a minimum of 3'' distance from the top of the window casing to the curtain rod.
  • There should also be at least 3''-6'' distance where the curtain rod overhands the window casing.
  • GO UP! Hang your drapery as high as possible which creates the illusion of larger windows by just leaving 2''-3'' in between the ceiling and curtain rod. The curtains should just kiss the floor.

We encourage you to have fun with design but follow some important guidelines along the way. Cheers to happy and poise spaces!

Okay. Enough of the gruesome photos of interior design gone wrong. So, to end on a bright note, here's a beautiful living room: