11 Décor Mistakes Interior Designers Always Notice

Between selecting furniture, experimenting with paint swatches, and positioning art, there are hundreds of small decisions that go into styling the perfect space. Even the slightest misjudgment, like hanging artwork too high or choosing paint in a gloss rather than matte finish, can have a surprising effect on a room.

Few know this better than interior designers, who have seen their fair share of fabulous (and, yes, mediocre) homes. If you’re planning a renovation or want to give your room a seasonal styling update without expert help, read on. We called on 11 leading tastemakers to find out what are the most common home décor mistakes they notice so that you don’t repeat them. Are you making these 11 subtle decorating faux pas? Here’s how to fix them.

This story was originally published on November 8, 2016, and has since been updated.