Some design mistakes that are commonly made in interiors take work and time to tackle to get your rooms back on track. But some design detours can be fixed easily and in one day. See if your home has any of these common design mistakes happening currently and have a better-looking house by the end of the day with these fixes.
Mistake: Too much kitchen counter clutter
Easy fix: It doesn't quite seem like this would fall under "design," but it does if clutter on your counters takes away from your room looking good. Figure out how many items you'd like to hide, and eliminate older things you don't use by donating them. Make room in your cabinets or drawers and declutter your counter to make your kitchen feel calmer (and maybe even larger). You don't have to clear things off completely, but even a small reduction in counter top clutter will help a lot.
Mistake: Bad furniture and/or seating arrangement
Mistake: Too much clutter on tabletops
Mistake: Bookcases not thoughtfully curated or styled
Mistake: Bad lighting locations
Easy fix: Take a look at your lighting and see whether it needs to be rearranged to balance the light throughout a room (usually three or four points around a room is perfect) or if you need better task lighting in the places you actually work. Don't be afraid to shop around your house to find lamps to re-place, or even to come up with creative mounting solutions.
Mistake: Art hung too high
Easy fix: Don't let badly hung art ruin an otherwise delightful living room or other room composition. Grab your hammer, a measuring tape and get it right with these tips: How To: Hang Your Artwork and Not Screw It Up.
Re-edited from a post originally published 6.8.2014 - nt