Remember the episode from F.R.I.E.N.D.S and HIMYM when they’re sitting and discussing weird pet-peeves the cast has that left you and us in splits. Surely, you must have come across your own list of weird and somewhat justifiable pet-peeves that people have: from chewing and breathing loudly to super-matching clothes and people having long hair obstructing their eyes (think Salman from “Tere Naam”) – the list is long.
But you can’t disagree that some of these are downright funny and for the most part, relatable. So we decided to list down some of the most unique design pet-peeves designers have when it comes to decor and furnishings. Who knows, some of these may just get you going and saying “YAAAASSSSSS.” Let’s begin.
Pet-Peeve 1: Matching Furniture in a Matching Room
Get this: Orange walls, tangerine sofa, orange vases – just thought of it sucks out all the joy and warmth this beautiful colour exudes, right? Common sense dictates that too much of matching everything makes it monotonous, dull, and frankly cringe-worthy. This one’s a justified pet-peeve if you ask us.
Pet-Peeve 2: Getting White/Neutral-Coloured Sofas for Fear of Stains
Every time you see a sofa as white as a ghost, you’re only imagining red white stains, aren’t you? We know that the struggle to keep the sofa clean is real. Thanks to all those weekends of binge-watching shows of Netflix and stuffing your mouth with junk food and cheesy fries. Some people – even celebrities like Jane Crawford – take order and cleanliness to the next level by keeping everything under covers – literally. It’s definitely not a pain for people who love cleanliness however there is an easier way out. You could rent furniture from Furlenco and enjoy their free deep cleaning services instead of losing sleep over imaginary stains!
Pet-Peeve 3: Using Bold Colors Anywhere, Everywhere
This one’s a fairly common confession as most people tend to stay away from bold hues and colours as they think they’ll get bored of it too quickly. However, it might not be the case for everyone, so give it a try if you’re looking for something out-of-the-box.
Pet-Peeve 4: Going All-Out on Emerging Trends
People subscribing to decor magazines and scrolling across Pinterest 24/7 have a legit need to experiment on trends in their homes as and when they see it. However, going overboard can, as you may have guessed, become an overkill. We suggest that you stick to one major theme and let your inner design instinct take over for the smaller elements around it. After all, a particular design style that may look gorgeous somewhere may not necessarily suit the design sensibilities of your home.
Pet-Peeve 5: Misaligned Posters, Paintings, Sculptures
Nothing creeps some people out like paintings that are crooked or simply placed in the wrong position. Whether it’s your TV set or your favourite art wall – as a thumb-rule, it should be at eye-level. Trust us, this strategy never fails.
Pet-Peeve 6: Tiny/Huge Rugs in a Room
Whether it’s your living room or your bedroom, a small or a huge rug that doesn’t seem proportionate to the focal point of the room (the bed, sofa set etc.) can put people off. Make sure to buy an area rug that extends to all the furniture elements in your living/bedroom and one that doesn’t fall short on the length and your expectations!
Pet-Peeve 7: Open Furniture Pet-Peeve
Simply put, an open kitchen and too many open shelves require round-the-clock maintenance. There’s no way to hide the chaos and mess. The solution? Go for closed shelves so that your clutter is better managed and stays out of sight – for good.
What are your pet-peeves when it comes to designing and furniture, share your thoughts below.