The other day, I was talking to a friend of mine who asked me if there were any hard fast rules concerning interior design “don’ts”, to which I replied No. I don’t believe there are specifics anymore because let’s face it, some of the greatest designers are the ones who BREAK the rules, making them stand out among the others.
I do find that every designer has a unique perspective of their own rules and in thinking about this question for the past few days, here are a few of my own DON’Ts:
1. Acoustic Ceilings:
If you have the dreaded pop corn ceilings and have the opportunity to remove them, DO IT! There is nothing that will make a house look more dated (aside possibly from cheap wood paneling) than acoustic ceilings. It can get expensive, I know, but it’s really not that hard to do it yourself. There are several DIY sites that can show you how to do it with very little mess, it’s just a matter of taking it on. Be sure however, to check the date your home was built to know if there are any asbestos precautions you need to take. You may also want to consider “mudding” over it for more of a plaster look.
2. Magazine Racks in the bathroom: