For The First Time Interior Designer: Newbie Mistakes You Have To Avoid

The decision to live independently and go solo is one of the hardest decisions that you ever have to make. However, there will come a point when you have to make the decision to finally spread your wings and fly. There are lots of things that you have to think about when living independently. The most important thing that you have to consider is how to design and decorate your new living space. Thinking of how you should design your new space is both exciting and terrifying. The furniture you choose and the layout you create will have a great impact on your daily living. Because of this, you have to make sure that you do everything right

If you are planning to relocate to a house for rent anytime soon, here are some of the most common newbie designer mistakes that you must avoid.

Repulsive Lighting

repulsive lighting

Many rookie designers think that overhead lighting is the only type of lighting that they can use. Because of this, you would commonly see houses that feature the repulsive golden and layered lighting that such fixture provide. As a rule of thumb, rooms must have at least three types of light sources. In addition to that, you must also vary the strength and height of the lighting fixtures in order to make your living space look more elegant and feel more inviting. This trick can make even the cheapest lighting seem a lot more luxurious.

Not ergonomic furniture


A lot of home owners position their sofa or living room chairs either in a corner or on a wall. They do this because it has been the norm in the interior designing world, or so they thought. When arranging the layout of your living space, it is recommended that you take into consideration the different types of activities that you plan to do in that space. Think of how you do those activities in the room then arrange the furniture accordingly.

Catalogue Infatuation


One of your go-to interior design reference would surely be furniture catalogs. After all, they have some of the most amazing furniture layouts, right? There is nothing wrong in falling in love with a certain piece of furniture but pining after the entire layout is absurd. For your information, you will waste serious amount of money when you go after all the pieces of furniture in the catalogue. The key here is to mix and match. Buy some of the furniture featured in the catalogue then mix it with other more affordable pieces.

Wrong Artwork Positioning


When it comes to decorating with artworks, you should consider more than the color or the design of the artwork– you should also think about the height at which it should be hung. Your goal should be to hang it at eye level.

Keep the things mentioned above in mind when decorating and designing your new house for rent. By avoiding these mistakes, you will be one step closer in building a living space that ill fit both your lifestyle and your personal style.

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44 thoughts on “For The First Time Interior Designer: Newbie Mistakes You Have To Avoid

  1. I have never been the type to design my living space after all of these years. I think I’m gonna finally break down and hire a professional interior designer to do it for me, because when I try to duplicate what I see in the magazines it just doesn’t work. Thanks for sharing these tips.

  2. Those are brilliant tips – I’m a catalog reader and I always try and think what something will look like in my own home instead of that one I can see. It’s not as easy as it looks, to create a well designed space!

  3. I think bad lighting is a nightmare, can give you headaches, mess with your internal clock etc. And horrible furniture that you can’t be comfortable in is another thing that would bother me. I would want to make sure I can live in the space well.

  4. These are definitely some great tips! I plan on moving to LA in about a year and a half and I’ll definitely be keeping those of these tips in mind <3

  5. These are terrific tips! My mother also said to “live with it” before you make changes. I’ve lived with the same carpet (that I chose) for 8 years and it is definitely time to make a change!

  6. I will definitely take note of these, in case my daughters would need them. It’s tough to live alone but it will feel a bit lighter to have space that looks beautiful.

  7. I dislike furniture, especially chairs that are not comfortable to sit in. My hubby had hip replacement surgery and we had to re-arrange furniture in the house so he has more room to move. The couch had to be re-done (re-upholstered) so it would be comfortable for him.

  8. Good tips! For me, a big design mistake is painting walls with very dark colors. I think lighter colors help make the room look larger and brighter, and a person can always add things to the room in darker colors afterwards.

  9. These are great tips. I love looking at catalogues for individual pieces. My husband obsesses over the exact layout and will try to buy every piece featured exactly as is. He loves sets. Drives me crazy. I’m going to share this with him and hopefully put an end to the madness!

  10. These are all fantastic tips as someone who definitely does not have a talent for interior design I am storing it in my mental cabinet and saving it for later. Who said you had to be practical? If only it was that easy!

  11. Bad lighting is the worst. My son and his wife have bad lighting and it’s hard to study, write, take pics, etc. They’re always grumping about it and I do see why.

  12. These are awesome tips and examples. I am working on redecorating our house slowly and they will come in handy. I am bad about the magazine thing and wanting that look even though I know it won’t work in my space.

  13. I’ve always been one to surround myself with the things I like, or things with great memories attached. I don’t know how it looks to the outside, but it’s cozy for me 🙂

  14. These are all great tips. I especially appreciate the one about proper placement of art. It’s one of the first things I notice when I go to someone’s home if they’ve hung it too high. The good thing is, it’s also one of the easiest and most inexpensive things to correct. Nice article. Thanks for sharing.

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