The mistakes that instantly date your home

Nathan Law

Everyone wants their home to look timeless and chic – even if your style leans towards retro. But these interior design mistakes can instantly date your home, interior designers warn. While not many of us will opt for an avocado bathroom or a pebble finish to our walls, there are […]

Everyone wants their home to look timeless and chic – even if your style leans towards retro. But these interior design mistakes can instantly date your home, interior designers warn. While not many of us will opt for an avocado bathroom or a pebble finish to our walls, there are other, more insidious ways our style choices can unintentionally ‘age’ our homes. Avoid them if you’re looking for modern living room ideas – or want to give your whole house a more contemporary feel.

1. Playing it safe with your lighting

Parker curved sofa, Jonathan Adler

Parker curved sofa, Jonathan Adler

(Image credit: Jonathan Adler)

According to interior designer Jonathan Adler, nothing quite dates a room as much as a conservative lighting scheme. Lighting that is too neutral, too symmetrical (especially in bedrooms), or too small instantly makes a room look less contemporary and interesting. 

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