I’m an interior designer, here are 10 common mistakes that make your home look cluttered and dated

ACHIEVING the right balance between classic chic and current trends is something many of us struggle with when it comes to interior design.

No one wants to have a drab house with all neutral and simple interiors, but your home can quickly look outdated if you jump on all the TikTok trends.


Despite being very fashionable, the expert said dried flowers could make your home look old-fashioned
The pro also suggested that a gallery wall can


The pro also suggested that a gallery wall can “knock down” your space.Credit: Getty

There are certain styles, which are currently very popular, which experts say make your home look cluttered and dated.

Talk to Initiatedcelebrity interior designer Cathy Hobbs shared styles she would never have in her home.

The pro, who owns the home staging business Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes not recommended artificial dried flowers.

Cathy explained that plants — whether real or fake — can add life to a space, but dried flowers have an old-fashioned feel that could affect a modern decorating scheme.

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Then she warned to be careful with your artwork.

Framed posters and a gallery wall of small pictures can “knock down” your space.

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She suggested, for those who can’t afford original artwork, that a low-cost wall hanging or framed photo would be a better bet.

She also explained that lots of little knick-knacks and accessories, rather than elevating the space, often feel like clutter.

Cathy suggested a few larger decor pieces, explaining that they would “anchor your space without being a visual distraction.”

Next on the no-no list is a busy shelf. She said that although they are used for storage, it is best not to overfill them.

The expert even suggested leaving a few shelves empty for a chic, minimalist look.

Cathy is also not a fan of wall-to-wall carpeting and suggested hardwood flooring as an alternative.

She said: “The reality is that for many carpeting sends a visual signal of ‘outdated’.”

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The professional then took aim at brightly colored furniture, explaining that neutral is often the best option.

She said: “Instead of choosing furniture that may look trendy, opt for one that will stand the test of time. Gray and cream are great foundation colors when selecting primary pieces such as canapes.”

The expert advised against crowded shelves and suggested leaving one shelf free


The expert advised against crowded shelves and suggested leaving one shelf freeCredit: Alamy

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