Here are a few Interior Design DON’Ts I found in the 2008 Sourcebook by Mountain Living.
BE IN THE DARK Proper lighting can make a world of difference in your home. When planning your lighting, consider the activities that occur in each room, the atmosphere you want to create and the decorative elements you’d like to highlight – and those you’d rather hide.
Then combine general, accent and task lighting to create the desired effect. Chandeliers, pendants and other ceiling fixtures are ideal for creating light. Recessed and track lighting, as well as lamps and wall-mounted fixtures, do triple duty, delivering general, accent and task lighting.
Notice how the carpet feels. A poor-quality yarn is coarse, dry and fuzzy, while a good-quality yarn feels soft. Finally, consider texture. Cut-pile carpets look elegant, but show footprints. To hide footprints, soil and stains, choose patterned or textured carpets, or if you have a lot to hide, a mixture of loops and cut pile is the most forgiving texture of all.