- As an experienced interior designer and television art director, I’ve seen design trends come and go.
- Outdoor white cushions, dark wood floors, and high-pile rugs are high-maintenance.
- Bold wallpaper or painted countertops rarely stand the test of time.
Bold wallpaper has the potential to inject character and personality into a space, but too much of a pattern can be overwhelmingly distracting.
Removing wallpaper is a pain, and painting over it is like putting lipstick on a pig. Therefore, you need to make sure that the wallpaper you choose will last for many years to come.
There are few wallpaper designs that are truly timeless and can instantly transform your sanctuary into a circus. We recommend choosing a subtle wallpaper that adds texture and interest without looking cluttered.
The all-white interior looks dreamy in photos, but in reality it’s about as cozy as a dentist’s waiting room.
There’s something to be said about the appeal of a minimalistic, clean slate, but all-white interiors are noticeably lacking in personality and warmth. If you don’t introduce a variety of textures and finishes, your space will look monotonous and uninteresting.
Instead of an all-white interior, consider incorporating different textures, tones, and materials into a neutral color palette to add depth and interest to your space while achieving a minimalist look.
This approach helps create a cozy space that feels more like home than a hospital.
Painting your kitchen countertops may seem like an aesthetically pleasing DIY project, but it’s actually a huge design faux pas.
One of the biggest issues with painted countertops is durability. Kitchen counters experience wear and tear every day. Painted surfaces are no match for scratches, chips, and dirt.
No matter how hard you try to protect it, no matter how many coats of resin you apply, it will eventually get scratched, discolored, or stained.
Trust me, there is no painted kitchen countertop that won’t chip or yellow over time.
You can’t kill artificial plants, but you can’t fool anyone with plastic fakes either.
While it may seem like a convenient way to add some greenery to your space, it ends up just gathering dust and looking more like a prop in a bad sci-fi movie than a natural element of your home.
The benefit of having houseplants in your home is that they add natural and organic beauty.
If you were born green, there’s no need to worry. There are many low-maintenance plants that can add life and energy to your space without requiring a horticulture degree. Instead, choose a pothos or snake plant that rarely dies.
There’s no denying the luxurious, textured quality of high pile rugs. However, after just a few months, it often loses its luster and becomes dingy and matte.
The biggest problem with these luxurious flooring materials is maintenance. High pile rugs’ visual appeal comes with the drawback that they are difficult to maintain due to their long, hairy fibers. The fibers attract dirt, dust, and pet hair.
When it comes to rugs, it is better not to maintain them too much. We recommend using a plain weave rug instead. It offers a sleek, modern look and is an effortless way to add the perfect touch of sophistication to any space.
Mass-produced, uninspired decor, often used in real estate staging, can look boring and lifeless in a real home.
Generic decorations may seem like a safe bet, but they tend to be unremarkable at best and banal at worst. This includes trinkets, trinkets, ornaments, etc. that have no real meaning or purpose.
When you buy items that don’t serve a function or speak to you on a personal level, you’re just spending money on something that will end up gathering dust. Choose interesting pieces that feel unique, spark conversation, or have some personal meaning.
Your home should be a reflection of you, not a carbon copy of a real estate brochure. Don’t be afraid to show a little personality.
The dark floor looks really great on camera…with significant retouching.
Don’t be fooled by what you see online. In real life, dark floors can highlight lint, scratches, and other imperfections and become a maintenance nightmare.
In every dark-floored house I’ve ever renovated, no matter how much I cleaned it, I always saw unidentified particles claiming their rights. It’s as if the floor is conspiring against us, providing the perfect backdrop to show off the lint, pet hair, and dust floating around the room.
Of course, that doesn’t mean dark floors aren’t always a good option. However, it is important to be aware of potential downsides, such as the need for more regular cleaning and maintenance.
If you are installing on a dark floor, be prepared to put in the effort to keep your floor in top condition. If that’s not your thing, consider a light-colored floor.
Fluffy cloud-style sofas have taken social media by storm in recent years for their appealing luxury and coziness.
These billowy soft sofas look like the perfect place to sink in and relax after a long day, but I think they actually lack the right support. Plus, it doesn’t always hold its shape. Cushions filled with down feathers can compress if you sit on them too much.
Behind every cloud-style sofa featured on social media, there’s probably an influencer who picks up a surprisingly heavy cushion right before recording and shakes it off to restore shape.
When investing in a high-end sofa, look for one that is likely to last a long time. Instead, we recommend using cushions filled with high-resilience density foam.
White outdoor cushions are popular for their timeless and elegant look. But as any homeowner with white cushions can attest, the reality of owning them is far from ideal.
White cushions tend to get dirty and look unappealing quickly, especially if you don’t clean them regularly. Speaking of cleaning, white cushions are also notoriously difficult to wash. This is especially true if it’s made of a material that absorbs dirt deeply, such as canvas or cotton.
Even if you’re diligent about keeping it clean, it’s only a matter of time before it starts to look dirty. If you are looking for a practical and stylish cushion, we recommend choosing fabrics with subtle patterns or dark gray to hide imperfections.
While it’s tempting to stock up on throw pillows that are going to go out of style (and they might), the reality is that too many of these decorative throw pillows will look cluttered and outdated in real life.
When it comes to pillows, shoulder pads and hairspray, the idea that “more is better” has gone out of fashion.
Rather than cramming every cushion in the store onto your sofa, we recommend choosing a few high-quality pillows that are perfect for your carefully selected space.
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