I’m an interior designer in Sydney and these are the rules you’re breaking that make your home look cheap – and why you should ditch IKEA furniture
- Interior designer shares what makes a home look cheap
- She said to avoid furniture sets and mass-produced art
- As well as flat pack furniture and small rugs
A top interior designer has revealed the styling faux-pas many Australians commit that can make a home look cheap.
Brie Turton said those who want to make their interior space look high-end without breaking the bank should steer clear of things like flat pack furniture and mass-produced art.
The Sydney stylist also said never to use a rug that is too small for your space, buy matching furniture sets or use alcohol bottles as decor – no matter how expensive they may be.
Many agreed with her expert tips however others said they will be hanging onto their budget artworks and IKEA furniture.
‘Here are the five things you might accidentally be doing that make your home look cheap, coming from an interior designer, ‘ Brie said in a video.
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Interior designer Brie Turton (pictured) has listed five home styling mistakes many people accidentally commit that make their spaces look cheap from furniture sets to small rugs
The Sydney stylist said said those who want to make their interior space look high-end without breaking the bank should steer clear of things like flat pack furniture and mass-produced art
‘Swap IKEA for Facebook Marketplace. For the same budget, you can get items that are way more premium and bring interest to your space,’ she explained.
Secondly, she slammed ‘mass-produced’ art saying: ‘Is it technically art? I guess. Is it giving expensive? Absolutely not.’
Brie warned against buying a rug that is too small for a space saying the bigger the better.
‘This makes the space feel really non-cohesive and makes you feel like the space wasn’t thought out,’ she said.
The fourth item on Brie’s list was matching furniture sets but she joked she will ‘not make any further comment’.
Brie isn’t the only home styling expert to take aim at furniture sets.
Previously interior designer Julie Sousa, from the US, said they can make a home look ‘monotonous’.
‘Remember how matching furniture sets used to be all the rage back in the day?Today you might actually want to avoid doing this,’ she said.
‘Besides looking a lot like a furniture showroom, matching sets lack visual interest.’
Brie admitted she had fallen prey to her final interior design no-no in her late teens.
‘I’m going to be real with you here, I was guilty of this at like 18 – empty alcohol containers. I have no idea when these became decor, let’s get rid of them,’ she said.
Brie’s clip has been watched more than 627,800 times and divided viewers in the comments.
Brie admitted she had fallen prey to her final interior design no-no in her late teens: ‘I was guilty of this at 18 – empty alcohol containers. I have no idea when these became decor’
‘My home is almost entirely filled with old pieces. Totally agree, second hand often means higher quality for a crazy low price,’ one home lover said.
‘Thank you for affirming my decision that our small apartment DID need an oversized rug,’ another woman laughed.
‘UGH the alcohol bottles in peoples rooms,’ added another.
‘If you have the creativity you can make IKEA furniture look expensive, coming from another interior designer,’ someone pointed out.
‘IKEA has some very pretty and tasteful options. Sure, there are cheap options, but they do a good job with timeless peaces,’ a second agreed to which Brie replied: ‘Yeah, I agree, I just think everyone has them so it doesn’t seem as curated.’