Interior design is a wonderful hobby, but it can also be a frustrating one. If you’ve ever attempted to renovate or improve your home’s style, then you’ll quickly have learnt to hate certain aspects of interior design. You’re far from alone! Here are 10 things we believe everyone who has ever tried interior design quickly comes to hate…
#1 - The way wallpaper patterns are split
Patterned wallpaper is a sure route to semi-madness. Trying to line up two separate sheets is infuriating. Every time we have to do it, we all find ourselves wondering why we didn’t just opt for paint instead.
#2 - The buzzwords
“Cohesive design”, “natural light”, “pop of colour”— we’ve all heard them, and we all hate them. Unfortunately, these terms are also incredibly useful to describe aspects of interior design. So most of us use these terms even though we find them annoying!
#3 - Colours that don’t match exactly
It’s incredible how many different shades of a single colour there are. Trying to match items bought from different stores is next to impossible. Who knew that burnt sienna and roasted sienna could be so different?!
#4 - Impractical styles
It’s all well and good for magazines and bloggers to create a wonderful room and show it off to the general public, but some designs are outright impossible to live with.
#5 - The repetitive nature of items on sale
It’s wonderful to see a beautifully styled room, and we’re all big fans of the occasional trends— but sometimes, a trend can become impossible to escape. Last year, it was impossible to move for pineapples in interior design, which is fine if you like pineapple motifs, but what if you don’t? The repetition can easily become overwhelming!
#6 - How easy it is to be swayed by low costs
When putting a room together, it’s easy to run down the budget. When that happens, you find yourself thinking that maybe you can make do with a cheap blind rather than the high-quality curtain fabric you were considering, or perhaps a less-expensive piece of furniture will suffice.
Of course, it won’t; buy cheap tends to mean “buy twice”, but cheaper goods can be very tempting when your budget is looking sparse!
#7 - Too much change
Absolutely no one changes their interior design scheme every season, so why do stores and magazines keep insisting we should? If we buy a wallcovering we love in January, it should still be on-trend in December!
#8 - Mystifying paint swatches
On the tin, the paint looks yellow. On the wall, it’s white with a hint of yellow (if you squint, and it’s evening time). This kind of scenario happens frequently enough to make us wonder if the people designing the tin have actually seen the paint when they create the colour swatch…
#9 - Rug pile so thick it blocks the door
A thick, deep rug pile is wonderful, but it is possible to go too far. Some rugs are so thick they can’t be used in a doorway without blocking the movement of the door, which is rather restrictive!
#10 - How living in a design can ruin it!
When you have got your design just right, it’s so satisfying… but then you have to actually live in it. Soon, the perfect furniture is piled with various discarded junk mailshots. The floor has flecks of mud on it, and there’s fingerprints all over your carefully-selected wall paint. If only it were possible to design a room and then preserve it, untouched, to just be beautiful!
Even with the above, it’s tough to deny that interior design is a wonderful hobby that brings a lot of joy— it just has its irritating moments from time to time!