6 Popular Misconceptions About Interior Design and Renovation

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Decorating your own home does not just improve its appearance significantly, but also helps you build a connection with it. There are many useful interior design tips out there on how to do so, and for a big job like that, it is recommended to prepare everything first.

That includes learning about some of the most popular misconceptions on interior design. Have a good look at these misconceptions, so that you can debunk them for yourself and perform a successful redecoration of your home. As they say, don’t trust everything you see or hear.

Misconceptions About Interior Design and Renovation

1. Small Rooms Should Have Small Furniture

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This is one of the most common misconceptions floating around these days. Many people prefer decorating their small rooms with small furniture as they believe that they would not take up too much space. However, this is not always true. You can still use some large furniture for your small space, especially when you manage the position of all items correctly. The furniture’s position plays an important role in improving the overall look of your home, so consider first how you want your home’s layout to look.

2. Using Neutral Colours

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This is another common myth, especially in Singapore where neutral colours are the norm. Homeowners often ponder intensely over selecting the best colour to paint with for their properties so as to not regret their colour decisions later. To play it safe, neutral and pale colours like white, light brown, peach, and other calming colours are often picked.

However, you can still choose strong colours for your space counted they complement the space well without being overwhelming. You can play around with bright colours such as green, blue, black, and red. The combination of those colours can add vibrancy to your interiors.

3. Dark Rooms Look Smaller

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It is a popular belief that using dark colours, such as black or dark brown, will visually shrink the room. Thus, most people avoid painting their rooms with such colours. Again, this is not always true. If you are careful about how you use dark colours, they can evoke elegance in any space. Dark colours bring modernity, luxury, boldness, and drama to your home. By pairing them with quality soft furnishings (like LED lights) and light colours, you can feel comfortable surrounded by such strong shades. 

4. Short Ceilings Are Bad

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While tall ceilings are good due to improved air circulation inside your home, short ceilings are not too bad either. Do not rely too much on ceiling height when it comes to comfort and ventilation inside your home. Even with a short ceiling, there are ways to improve air circulation and ventilation, such as bigger, open windows and energy-saving appliances like fans. No matter your ceiling height, there are still ways to feel comfortable staying inside your own home.

5. Don’t Mix Any Patterns Or Prints

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Some homeowners may avoid mixing any patterns or prints because they are afraid of visually overwhelming the space. But in some cases, depending on your layout, mixing several patterns can complement any soft furnishings you have as long as this mixture is contained. Experiment and combine some popular patterns, such as floral, checks, stripes, and plaids – for example, pairing a dark green couch with textured wooden frames.

You can also utilise several colour options that are available in many of these patterns, forming a cohesive colour palette no matter how many patterns you get. Referring to the example above, the dark green couch and dark brown wooden frames give this room a unique bold country cabin feel.

6. Sticking To One Style Only

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When picking an interior style for your home renovation, sticking with one style is considered a safe option. However, there is no concrete design rule saying that you have to do so for your entire home. If you know how to complement textures, elements, and colours, you can combine two or three styles for your home.

For example, the increasingly popular Japandi style was birthed from the combination of minimalism, Scandinavian, and Japanese/Zen. Retro can be combined with mid-century modernism for a look that is both funky and chic.

The combination of several designs and styles can improve your home’s look significantly. Some homeowners who enjoy travelling have designed their homes based on what they have seen during their travels.

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