As interior design continues to evolve, it’s no surprise that designers have transitioned to platforms like TikTok to share their design tips and tricks. As a result, TikTok has quickly grown to compete with Instagram for the spotlight in interior design. Through fun and quirky designer videos that share their favorite trends in an easy-to-understand format, TikTok creates a space for homeowners when they need help with their next renovation.
One thing that TikTok’s home decor section, DesignTok, has to offer in abundance is professional design tips that homeowners should avoid during their next remodel.We’ve rounded up some of our favorite ugly interior design mistakes below to help you understand no Do it in your next reno project.
Match the tone and texture of each piece of furniture
Designer @homedrawninteriors on TikTok shares their tips for designing the perfect bedroom. In their video, the designer mentions the importance of diversifying the colors, textures and styles of bedroom furniture. The matching bedroom sets are outdated and often feel more like old 90s or early 2000s home design trends. The designer recommends avoiding matching the tone and texture of each piece of furniture, especially in bedrooms.
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Instead, try mixing and matching different materials and styles to create a more organic and textured look. For example, HomeDrawn Interiors shares a modern bedroom with a white textile headboard, painted side table and wicker bench, giving the illusion of a deeper and more three-dimensionality in the design.
Choose from cheap and clichéd modern farmhouse calligraphy wall art
While the modern farmhouse style is a beloved choice for many homeowners, certain design details in this aesthetic are outdated and tacky. Designers @studiokindesign on TikTok share their thoughts on interior design mistakes homeowners should avoid. When it comes to modern farmhouse aesthetics, cheap calligraphy wall art is a thing of the past. Often found in big box retailers, this type of wall art can bring down your home design or make your space feel kitsch.
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@studiokindesign advises against this dated 2014 modern farmhouse design detail, opting instead for earthy and organic decor. Landscape paintings, pottery and earthenware, tweed materials and wicker details are better options for lovers of modern farmhouse style.
All white or solid color palette
All-white and stark color palettes work well with many home design styles, such as minimalist or Scandinavian aesthetics. However, this color palette has been abused and often does not lend itself to a design style where colors and patterns might be more favorable. @thegrovehousesocal on TikTok shares their design considerations, one of which is an all-white color palette. The problem with an all-white palette is that it’s easy to create a bland or flat look that feels barren or uninteresting. So @TheGroveHouseSoCal encourages homeowners to choose a neutral palette with more depth and texture.
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For homeowners who prefer a white palette and aesthetic, we recommend pairing them with some warmer shades like dark brown, cream, beige or reddish-brown for an earthy look. Make sure to incorporate plenty of texture through weaving rugs, baskets, stone and metalwork, and glassware to create rich and inviting designs.
Curtains that don’t fall to the floor
While many interior design failures are usually based on personal preference, it’s fairly safe to assume that one of the ugliest design mistakes is using curtains that don’t fall to the floor. Many professional designers strongly advise homeowners to avoid this ugly design trend, regardless of their design style. TikTok designer @barelykeepingittogether shares their version of interior design mistakes to avoid. These include using curtains that are too short to reach the floor.
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As a general design rule, homeowners should hang curtains about 6 inches above the window frame and let the fabric “kiss the floor,” as @BarelyKeepingItTogether states. This will create a more elegant and luxurious look in your home and prevent your designs from feeling unfinished.
Outdated “kitchen triangle”
If you’re doing a kitchen remodel or considering changing your kitchen layout, you’ve probably heard of the “kitchen triangle.” This is a term used to describe the layout between the sink, stove and refrigerator. For years, the kitchen triangle has been an excellent way to design a kitchen to enhance the experience of the individual chef. However, as designer @prestonkonrad mentions in their TikTok video, home design has transformed into a more community-like feel for the kitchen space.
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Instead of using the kitchen triangle approach, @PrestonKonrad encourages homeowners to choose kitchen layouts that enhance the feel of the workspace. More event space and a large table or ample counter space for food preparation are ideal. When making a kitchen renovation, consider how your layout can best benefit a team cooking environment. (Of course, if you have only one cook in your household, the kitchen triangle design still works.)
At the end of the day, you should always decorate your home in a way that pleases you. If you like any of the above design trends, you don’t need to remove them from your home entirely. That said, we recommend combining these trends with some alternatives that bring a more contemporary feel to your home design. No matter how you plan to decorate your space, you can rest assured that you’ll have plenty of inspiration from TikTok’s experts and design gurus.