I’m an interior designer and people make the same ten mistakes in their bedrooms – accent walls and the use of red are the worst

An interior designer has revealed the ten most common decorating mistakes you make in the bedroom and why accent walls should be left in the past.

Arvin Olanofrom the United States, shared the main errors in a video uploaded to YouTube – and asked people to stop doing it.


The design expert has revealed the ten common mistakes people make when decorating their bedroomsCredit: YouTube/Arvin Olano
Red bedrooms are reminiscent of the design expert from 50 Shades of Gray


Red bedrooms are reminiscent of the design expert from 50 Shades of GrayCredit: YouTube/Arvin Olano

The expert said the first thing you need to stop doing is painting a random accent wall in your bedroom.

He explained, “There’s nothing worse than an accent color in a bedroom where it just feels super scrappy.”

You may have been tricked into thinking that an accent color will give your bedroom the pop of color it needs, but the expert disagrees.

If you want to add color to your bedroom, Arvin recommends adding it through textiles and using different shades of the color of the sea to create depth.

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And if your room is red, Arvin will be extremely disappointed because it reminds him of 50 Shades of Grey.

“Unless you want your bedroom to look like a brothel, red is not going to be the color to put in your bedroom,” he adds.

Arvin’s next victim is tufting, a fabric technique that creates “diamond” shapes in fabric.

While you might think it’s glamorous to have all your furniture in an upholstered design, the expert said, “cut it out.”

Instead, choose one or two upholstered pieces and leave the rest of your furniture alone.

You may have thought matching bedroom furniture was the right thing to do, well, you thought wrong.

Arvin explains that he looks lazy and does nothing to show off your personal style.

Along the same lines, headboards that are too high don’t exude a sense of luxury and look rather awkward, especially if your walls aren’t particularly tall.

The interior expert also said to relax with patterned fabrics in your bedroom.

“It’s easy to ruin a room when you introduce patterns without knowing what you’re doing,” he adds.

Too many pillows and cushions in the bedroom is another common mistake people make.

While it might feel comfortable, it often ends up looking cluttered, says Arvin, and that’s not practical.

But, Arvin said not to leave it totally sparse as it ends up looking like a hostel bed.

“Add bulky textiles through your quilt, quilt, maybe throw a blanket over it,” Arvin recommends.

When decorating a bedroom, your main focus is usually the bed, bedside tables, and maybe a dressing table.

But the expert revealed that including a designated area where you can sit and relax is important to elevate your bedroom.

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Finally, the design pro said to remove the floating bedside tables from your bedroom as they remind him of a “sketchy hotel”.

“Looks like you went the budget way and not in a good way.”

Big headboards are unnecessary and look awkward, says Arvin


Big headboards are unnecessary and look awkward, says ArvinCredit: Getty

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