Your home is a reflection of your personality and style. It’s your special sanctuary that you can always find refuge in no matter how the rest of your day has gone. Interior decor plays a huge role in the overall atmosphere of your home. With a little planning and imagination, you can work wonders on the interior of your home. If you’re new to interior designing, you might be a little confused as to where to start and how to bring the vision in your head to life.  Interior design does have a few rules that can make or break your home’s style. Watch out for these common interior design mistakes to help your home makeover project go smoothly!


One of the most frequent and common mistakes during an interior makeover is the lack of proper budgeting. At the outset, decide on your overall budget and stick as closely to it as you can.  People tend to go overboard and buy things that they don’t require and can’t afford. It is far more sensible and satisfying to spend what you can afford today and avoid taking a loan which you may find difficult to repay later on. Budgeting everything out can give you a much better understanding of what you want and need. If you want to glam up your space and have a limited budget, it is advisable to do up your interiors gradually over a period of time.

Mismatched wall décor

A common design mistake made by many people is the way they hang art.  More often than not, walls are cluttered or on the other end of the spectrum, look bare. Art is a good way to turn your home into your very own personal gallery. Let your photographs and pictures liven up your walls and add character to your room.  Have fun with your paintings, play around with the colour, and texture of your house walls, and brighten up the interiors of your house. A thumb rule you could follow is to have your wall art hang no more than eight to ten inches above your furniture. This can ensure each element is balanced and creating the right impact.

Scale and proportion

Scale and proportion are important factors of design. Scale refers to the size of furniture or décor used in your design.  Proportion refers to the size of one object in your house when compared to another object. A common mistake that most people make when it comes to designing the interiors of their house is ignoring this cardinal style rule. Some people have the habit of putting too many small things in space. This ends up making the space feeling extremely cluttered and not very pleasing on the eye. Others tend to put too many large and bulky things in a space, making the room look very cluttered. The key towards getting the right scale and proportion is to mix and match different sizes, shapes and heights. With the perfect balance of scale and proportion, your interiors will end up looking both classy and functional.

Not asking for advice

We all make mistakes; even the biggest interior designers do. It might be difficult to spot your mistakes, especially when you have been working on your interiors for months. Sometimes, what a room or house needs is a new set of eyes to identify the problems. Ask your friend or relative for advice on fabrics, accessories, colour choices and perhaps furniture arrangement. A little advice could be timely, cost-saving and help you arrange your ideas better.

Monotony in furnishings

A lot of people make the mistake of buying their materials from the same store. They do this merely because they want coordinated interiors. You would obviously like to have coordinated schemes and furniture that blends with your furnishings, but your home shouldn’t appear like an extension of your favourite furnishing store. Buy furnishings, cushions, décor accessories and rugs across different stores and mix and match to give your home a fresh, unique look. You will also get décor ideas when you browse in different places. Remember, contrasts are as important as coordinated interiors

Arrangement of accessories

If you have several pieces of décor and accessories that you have collected over the years, this might tempt you to scatter accessories all over the house and clutter up your space. Accessories should add character and texture to your living space while reflecting your unique style. What they should not do is overpower your space. Group your décor pieces and display them carefully so that they complement your interiors. If you have more pieces than you can display at one time, enjoy mixing and matching your accessories in order to give your space a fresh look each time.

Over furnishing

Choose the right furniture to go with your interiors. Dark heavy furniture can cramp a small space and make it look crowded. Too little furniture would be very plain and might make your home look bare. You will need to strike the right balance between the two to help your home look warm and inviting. Clever placement of furniture can demarcate spaces and give the room an appealing look. Smaller spaces need light colours and furniture that will make the room look larger than it is. Every room needs a good balance of colour and texture to look just right.

These are some of the mistakes one can make while doing the interiors of their house. With these in mind, you will be on your way to decorating your home’s interiors like a pro! If you are looking to purchase your dream home, head over to Lancor and explore our wide range of residential projects on offer. Our stunning homes are the perfect canvas to bring your interior design dreams to life!