Interior Design Do’s and Don’ts For Your Home | Inner Artist

July 11, 2017


If you are decorating your home and don’t know where to begin don't worry. Today I am sharing a few interior design do’s and don'ts that I believe will help guide you when decorating your home.


As an interior designer, I have seen a few interior design mistakes. So I have come up with a list of do’s and don'ts to help you decorate your home and avoid making some of the most common decorating mistakes I have seen in the past.


Sofa Do’s & Don'ts

One of the biggest furniture investments you'll make is a sofa. They tend to be pretty pricey, take up a lot of space, and they're where you and your family will likely spend a lot of time. Here are some sofa do’s and don'ts:

  • DO buy the best quality you can afford. A sofa is a big investment and you want it to last. Remember, a sofa of average quality should last at least 10 years while a high-end sofa should last up to 25 years.

  • DON'T forget to measure. Make sure to take note of the width, depth, height, seat height and arm height.  You want the sofa to fit the space and be proportional to the rest of your furniture.  But most of want it to fit through your doorway!

  • DO consider how often you will sit on this couch. Comfort is key!

  • DO take into consideration your fabric choice.  Linens and cottons can get dirtier much faster.  So if you have children, you may want to stay away from those choices.  If the sofa is slip covered and you can wash or dry clean, then those choices are fine.  If the sofa will get more wear, real leather, chenille and microfibers are very durable.


Curtains Do’s & Don'ts

  • DO think about what color and pattern to use. Curtains take up a large amount of visual space and will have a huge impact on the look of your room.  The darker the curtain, the darker the room so if you want a lighter space, go with a lighter fabric and vice versa. Solid color furniture balances well with patterned curtains but if you want a little less than pattern but more than solid, go with a thin band or trim along the edge of the panels.

  • DON'T forget to check the size. Curtains need to have generous proportions.They should always be at least double the width of the window, even if they're going to be drawn most of the time. For a clean look, the bottom of the curtains should rest about half an inch above the floor.  Puddling the fabric on the floor can create more of a dramatic, luxurious effect.

  • DO choose lined panels if you want to control the temperature in the room as well as the amount of light that filters through


Area Rug Do’s & Don'ts

  • DO make sure that area rugs extend under all the key pieces of the furniture in the space you are buying it for.

  • DON'T forget to check the size. A mistake many people make when decorating with area rugs are getting ones that are too small. If the rug in your living room is only under your coffee table, it is too small.  For the dining room, the rug should extend at least 3 feet in all directions.  For a bedroom, it is best that the rug is under the bed and extend at least 3 feet beyond the side perimeter of the bed and at the foot of the bed.  The rug should be far enough under the bed so that your feet are on the rug when you get out of bed.

  • DON’T put a cheap carpet in a high traffic area.  It will never last.

 Magnolia Market

Lighting Do’s & Don'ts

  • DO use a combination of table lamps, floor lamps, sconces and overhead fixtures.

  • DON'T be satisfied with just an overhead light. Even in small areas like entryways and powder rooms, it's a good idea to have another light source. Sconce lighting that is just above face level will always make you look good...and who doesn’t want that!

  • DON'T ignore the importance of task lighting in work areas such as the kitchen, home office, and bathroom.

  • DO have dimmers for every light.  Different occasions call for different lighting.

 Shades Of Light

Artwork Do’s and Don’ts

  • DO remember that art brightens every space so hang artwork everywhere!  I have a great piece in my closet that I love, and I look at it every morning and night.

  • DON'T hang artwork too high. The center point of either a single picture or a grouping of works should be at eye level.

  • DON'T hang a tiny piece on a big wall. If you have a small piece you want to hang, you can put it in a frame that has a large mat.

  • DO go vertical!  Stack a few pieces of artwork on narrow walls.  It make make the ceilings look higher. If they are different sizes, hang the larger ones on the bottom.

  • DON'T think that art has to be expensive. There is always great art for every budget.

 Style State


I hope you learned something from my do’s and don'ts, and that you can now decorate your home with a little more confidence!




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