Pallet furniture may not be very comfortable.
Pallet furniture—minimalist pieces made mostly of wood—may seem creative and relaxing, but Andra DelMonico, chief interior designer at Tendencysaid to approach the trend with caution.
“On social media and in photos, the pallet wood furniture looks creative and cozy with its big seats and fluffy pillows thrown on top,” DelMonico said. “However, in real life, these sofas and armchairs are not so comfortable.”
These pieces do not include springs like traditional furniture and lack support because many people buy pillows instead of seat cushions with a firm interior.
Do not skimp and paint your kitchen appliances.
Instead of painting refrigerators and turning them into creative canvases, DelMonico recommended splurging on a colorful appliance.
“If you want a big, colorful kitchen appliance, commit and buy one. Don’t try to paint your current appliances,” she told Insider.
You must prep and prime the surface before adding paint, and even then a brush or sponge can leave a streaky finish. Additionally, the coat is unlikely to hold up to long-term scrubbing and cleaning.
Dark spaces can have noticeable flaws.
Dark, moody bathrooms are all the rage, but photos don’t always reveal how difficult upkeep can be, according to Hillary Stamm of HMS Interiors.
If you go for the trend, be careful where you include it.
“In children’s bathrooms or any high-traffic areas, this can be a poor choice, as any nicks or dents will show up quickly,” she explained. “One month after installation, we have a dented and damaged bathroom, albeit new.”
Accent walls don’t always fit well.
Julie Brayton, lead designer of Brayton Interiorstold Insider that no matter how trendy and fun an accent wall might look, it might not be design-wise.
“While these can photograph well, often times it really upsets the balance in a room when you’re actually in it and can make the room feel unfinished and unconsidered,” Brayton said.
You can still make a statement with other art forms or unique decor.
Shabby-chic sofas require a lot of maintenance.
According to Morgan Blinn, interior designer at Rumor designs.
“Shabby chic sofas are all over TikTok right now. The worn look looks great in photos because they’re on stage at the moment, but in real life this stylish sofa takes a lot of maintenance for something. which is marketed for being ‘effortlessly chic,’ Blinn explained.
The cushions in these rooms often slip, so you will probably have to readjust them constantly. Although some higher end products include straps to hold them in place.
Mismatched dining chairs tend to look more confusing than chic.
It might seem like mismatched dining chairs add variety and personality to a room, but interior designer Leah Atkins of Designed by Lea Atkins says that this choice may seem involuntary.
“Mismatched dining chairs are a great idea in theory and may look fun and eclectic in photos, but they tend to look messy in real life,” Atkins said. “It looks like you live in a shared college living space where everyone has brought their own chair.”
Instead, opt for a matching set that matches the aesthetic of your space.
Painted kitchen cabinets usually look “too good to be true” in photos.
He said the trend generally seems “too good to be true”.
“A lot of times, photos of people’s DIY projects are taken right after their project is complete,” Shaffer explained. “In the case of painted cabinets, they will quickly begin to peel, dry paint will show dents and drip lines, and eventually lose its shine as grime and dirt begin to build up on the badly finished surface.”
Upholstering furniture may not be worth it.
Shaffer told Insider that upholstering furniture rarely ends up being as easy and seamless as it looks on social media.
“Squeezing cushion upholstery into a vintage seat will become a mess, and I can guarantee that about five minutes into the project, you’ll be frustrated and end up throwing the whole piece and fabric away,” Shaffer said.
Although he said the upholstered pieces “really look fabulous,” he instead recommended buying a new sofa or chair, or hiring a pro to do the job, if your budget allows. .