Comfort and coziness are made up of details, so it takes only one ridiculous or old-fashioned thing to ruin even the best design. For example, a rug bought at a sale or boring curtains or blinds. Famous interior design experts will help avoid mistakes in the future or fix the design errors you may already have.

We at Enlighten have made a list of things in apartment design you should give up to make your home a cozy place.

1. “Animal” prints

In 2018, the British branch of Samsung conducted a survey among English people to find the most irritating interior decor trends. It turned out that “animal” prints were on the 11th position — 19% of people said that Zebra stripes imitation or cheetah skin print are no longer trendy.

Designers of the kitsch style often use animal prints in their work, but it is really hard to do this properly in a regular apartment as there is a big chance you will have a place that looks both like a bar and a circus.

2. Fake brick walls

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Fake brick walls are on all lists of unwanted decor. Using artificial materials makes the decor look fake and not cozy at all, which isn’t something you’d want in your home.

However, if a designer is talented, these elements can be really beautiful. But the artificial materials should be replaced with real ones and if the style is the same across the entire apartment, it might end up looking like a New York loft.

3. Pelmets and massive curtain combinations


Pelmets and massive curtain combinations are also on the list of things that can make the interior look outdated. Yes, it may have been popular for many years, but not anymore. However, the tendencies have changed. Now, lightness and simplicity are in trend. Besides, taking care of multilayered curtains is not easy by any means.

Today, designers prefer organic fabrics and claim that there is only one rule about decorating the windows: the simpler, the better. And the curtains should be twice as wide as the window.

4. Contrast color walls

One wall that’s painted a color that’s too bright or too dark only makes the design worse. Maybe it was a good trick at some point in the past, but today, according to designers, there is no practical use for it. On the contrary, such an emphasis doesn’t make the room look bigger and it only makes it look smaller.

Experts warn that attempts to decorate walls by yourself can end in disaster. For example, if you paint the wall with a sponge to create a certain pattern, then it may end up looking terrible.

5. Too much neutral color

No emphasis

Bright emphasis

The combination of grey, beige, and other neutral colors is not trendy anymore. The shades themselves are not that bad but the attempt to mix them leads to the fact that the house looks very similar to millions of others.

Patrick Mele in his log recommends using saturated colors. Patrick says that there is one combination that works in any decor — white and blue in all variations. If you are not ready to fill your interior with bright colors, then place emphasis on a flower, a poster, or decorative pillows.

6. Wallpaper borders