What Are Some Common Interior Design Mistakes to Avoid?

While you may be familiar with the importance of interior design, you may still be hesitant about embarking on a home renovation project. After all, there are numerous elements to consider, including choosing the right furniture, colour scheme, and design concept. With so many things to keep in mind, it is easy to overlook certain aspects and make mistakes.

Unfortunately, any element of home renovation can be costly to fix. Therefore, it is crucial to know the most common interior design mistakes and how to avoid them.

Not Having a Clear Vision

Many eager individuals rush into the interior design process without first having a clear vision of what the end result should look like. This lack of planning may lead to the purchase of mismatched furniture and decor.

Therefore, it is best to develop an overall theme at the start of your project. Moodboards are a simple way to create a cohesive design scheme. Compile images from Instagram, Pinterest, or magazines and show them to your interior designer for reference.

Not Measuring Scale and Proportion

When choosing furniture, it is crucial to consider how items fit into and relate to each other in the space.

It is best to avoid having furniture that is too bulky, as this would cause the room to look cramped and crowded. Therefore, it helps to use tape on the floor to map out the arrangement of furniture pieces.

It would help if you also considered how everything looks together. For example, a single mini succulent may look out of place on a large shelf due to the difference in sizes. 

Prioritising Trends Over Personal Taste

Interior design trends evolve, adapting to our changing needs and wants.

While these trends can inspire your project, they should not restrict your choices. It is crucial that you do not follow a fad just because it is popular; if you don’t love it and are just going with what’s “in,” you may ultimately be dissatisfied with the end result.

Do you genuinely like the trend? Does it align with your personal taste? How well does it enhance the aesthetics and functionality of the space? Answering these questions will help you decide whether it is worth it following the fad.


Too many items around the house engender anxiety and stress as they bombard your senses with stimuli, forcing your brain to work in overdrive.

It is best not to add too many furniture pieces and decor accessories. Instead, it would be best to create enough breathable spaces by prioritising necessary items and leaving out add-ons that may not add value to the room’s function and aesthetic. 

Neglecting Lighting

Lighting is essential in how a space is perceived and is a great way to make a room feel cosy and welcoming.

One type of lighting to consider is natural lighting. Sunlight helps promote the production of serotonin and can thus improve your mood and create feelings of calmness. Therefore, you should be careful not to block natural light sources with furniture pieces.

When it comes to artificial lighting, it is best to consider layering various types of light. On top of overhead lighting, you can also consider adding lamps, enhancing ambience, comfort, and appeal.

Neglecting Lighting


Interior design mistakes are costly and require significant time and effort to correct. Therefore, it is best to know the most common mistakes home renovators make and how to avoid them.

If you’re looking to work with an interior design studio, consider Flo Design. We offer landed property, HDB, and condo interior design services.

We look forward to designing a home that reflects who you are and that you can be proud of. Feel free to get in touch with us for a home like no other.