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Pelmets and massive curtain combinations are also on the list of things that can make the interior look outdated.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
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
Using wallpaper borders is no longer trendy. Decorator Mitchell Owens says that using wallpaper borders makes an apartment look like a rural house from the 1970s. And even though this style is being reborn now, the border is not coming back.
If you still think that your wallpapers need some spark, choose a skirting board without any stucco as they will never stop being popular.
7. Complicated tile decor
The smaller the bathroom, the simpler the pattern of the tiles should be. This is what Clair thinks, the designer and author of a blog called “doesntcosttheearth.” Mosaic, different colors, curbs, and similar tendencies should be avoided when designing a bathroom.
If you are a happy owner of a big bathroom and you are sure you can’t get by without any mosaic, then you can decorate compartments with it.
8. Popcorn ceilings and walls
Popcorn ceilings may have been very popular at one time, but they are really impractical. Dirt and dust stay on such a surface longer and even the best detergents can’t help.
9. Theme rooms
Theme rooms in marine style or bedrooms that look like a Pharaon’s palace are examples of bad design. And the price of the design doesn’t matter, because even million-dollar-worth designs can be just as terrible as cheap and outdated furniture.
Theme rooms are not that bad in themselves, but it’s hard to find the right balance when decorating an apartment. As a result, you get a place that looks like a movie set instead of a place where you can rest.
10. Useful things
All the things you use to decorate an apartment should be simple and useful. For example, a glass sculpture in a house with children is definitely a designer fail. The same goes for a huge dining table for a family consisting of 2 people.
Different statue collections, huge decor objects, and anything that is not in any way useful should be removed.
Decals are also on our blacklist. In most cases, they look inappropriate and they are unsuitable for a place where adults live.
A good substitution is paintings and posters. However, decorators warn that these things should take at least 2/3 of the area if you decide to hang them over your couch. This is the only way to keep the balance and the right proportions.
Huge shutters on the windows are a thing of the past. In the beginning, only wealthy people bought them in order to protect their houses from dirt, dust, and too much sunshine. But in modern apartments, they are useless. It’s hard to get rid of the dust on them and they make the area of the room appear smaller.
13. Really little carpets
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American designers have made a list of top 30 mistakes that people make when decorating their houses. And a carpet of the wrong size is one of them: a small carpet makes the proportions of the room appear wrong.
A carpet should be under the furniture. Designer Martin Kobus says, “Make sure the front legs of the furniture are on the carpet so it won’t curl or move.”
14. Quotes on walls
Online magazine Houzz published a questionnaire among its readers and asked them if quotes on walls were cool or silly. Most people were against quotes. “I don’t need a wall that tells me to love my life or to eat my food,” one of the users replied.
15. Toilet rug
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Designers recommend getting rid of rugs that are usually placed near the toilets. Do you see the rug on the left picture above? Get rid of it right now if you have it because it’s unappealing and unsanitary. A great substitution would be a rectangular rug near the bathroom.
16. False arches
Arches are very popular in houses and apartments of any size. However, not all arches are equally beautiful. Designers remind us to keep in mind that an arch is good only in a large area when its shape is similar to the shape of the windows.
The Art-Nouveau arches that are too big for small apartments don’t look good.
Do you agree with the list made by designers? Or do you have your own secrets on how to make a house or an apartment even cozier? Share your opinions in the comments section below!