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My top 5 Interior design popular opinions I wish would disappear

(5 min read) Most of my favorite YouTuber commentary channels have their own Top 5 or 10 unpopular opinions on this and that. People like drama and unpopular opinions are always sure to start a debate. The mere fact that they are unpopular tells you all you need to know. People are bound to disagree and argue, and although that can sometimes lead to some really constructive conversations and some drama.

Maximal Interior designed space. | Interior Design inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Maximalism rules. Photo by Victor Affaro, Editora Globo.

That got me thinking, are we over here at the interior design stratosphere of the internet really all that cultured and refined as we present ourselves to be, or are we too eager for some drama. So I started working on my list, all while arguing with myself and one of my bookish friends on IG. I would throw a conclusion his way and he would try to debunk it and make it sound ridiculous. Once we got to eleven, we stopped. Needless to say, this list here contains 5 that seem to be the most “controversial” ones. So, (*insert gif of the Curtis Conner clapping), let’s start some drama!

Colorful Interiors with bold prints. Interior Design Inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Don’t be afraid of colors and bold prints. Design by The English Room.


1. Minimalism is overrated

I know, I know, it’s good for the energy flow, it declutters your very life, you’re at peace because you are not obsessing over material things, your space looks bigger…I get it, sort of…But most of us like our stuff! We like making a creative mess everywhere, we like colors, we like having a bunch of books on our shelves, we like carpets and drapes, we just do! See, the problem here is that minimalists are just like Jehovah’s witnesses coming to your door to hand you a pamphlet. You never hear me talking about why maximalism is awesome, but you will find something about how minimalism changed someone’s life in almost every corner of the internet. Well, I’m sorry, but if you like your house looking like the waiting room of your dentist’s office, you go for it. Meanwhile, I’ll be over here buying a pink fluffy rug for my yellow living room. Cuz I can! Toodles!

Maximal and colorful Interiors. Interior Design inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Maximalist’s heaven. Photo by Winnie Au.


2. We don’t need another celebrity interior decorator

Sure, if you have some undiscovered talents, develop them and spread them around. But let me ask you something Kourtney Kardashian, Ellen Degeneres etc. How about, instead of working with all these huge houses and businesses, you actually start from scratch with some fresh talents that just got their bachelors in interior design and are boiling with original ideas and approaches. Just saying.

Sheila Bridges, a true interior design inspiration.
Sheila Bridges, a true interior designer, and a true inspiration, in her home in Harlem.
Eloycois Er and Hans Chua from Er Studio.
Eloycois Er and Hans Chua, people behind the innovative designs of Er Studio.

3. Scandinavian décor … ugh

I mean, enough with it already?! It’s been ruling the industry for years. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I do understand the advantages of it. Scandinavian design is simple, easy to achieve, and quite affordable, but c’mon! It’s been around for ages! Aren’t you tired of all the washed wood and grey hues already?

Scandinavian interiors with rugs, plants and wall decor. Interior Design inspiration by Mosaics Lab
From Scandinavian to boho chic with some rugs, plants, and wall décor. The New Bohemian by Justina Blakeney.
Scandinavian interiors. Interior Design Inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Switched up Scandinavian.

4. Mirrors can be evil

Un huh. If you’ve been having trouble sleeping and you have a huge-as* mirror in your bedroom — THROW IT OUT. Legend has it that some malevolent spirits from the other realm can suck your soul through the mirror while you are sleeping. On the same note, Bloody Mary. Need I say more?…Mirrors should hang in your hallway and your bathroom and that’s it. You don’t need to look at yourself constantly, it’s not healthy.

Colorful Mosaic design instead of a mirror. Interior Design inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Colorful mosaic design would look much better above the headboard. Photo by M. Barnes & Co.
Best place for a mirror. Interior Design inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Perfect place for a mirror.

5. The all-white aesthetic can go choke on some neon pink and lime green

Feel free to fight me on this one, I won’t budge. Enough with hospital-like living rooms and kitchens. There is nothing pretty there, you know that, right? We should make a club and call it CIGFY (Color Is Good For You). We can be like those PETA fanatics and carry around buckets of red, orange, and blue paint to splash wherever we see a whole-white wall or something. I’m joking, but think about it…

All white interiors. Interior Design inspiration by Mosaics Lab
All white aesthetic.

Now go ahead, make it interesting. Feel free to disagree with me in the comments. But make it constructive. After all, we are that one cultured and sophisticated part of the internet. *wink wink

Colorful interior designed space. Interior design inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Your interior, your rules! Photograph by Christian Maldonado / Editora Globo.


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40 Comments

  1. Julia Hess
    September 9, 2020 at 1:20 pm — Reply

    I absolutely love this list. I love hearing about people’s own personal style and design. I personally love the Scandinavian and boho vibes. Not that my husband would ever let me decorate like that. I could never do the white aesthetic because of two little boys in my life would add some mud to everything. lol Love your opinions.

  2. Kileen
    September 9, 2020 at 1:42 pm — Reply

    This is interesting take on interior design. I personally love the minimalistic look for the main living areas. I think it looks more cozy and less hectic as well as using neutral colors is essential for me. Too many colors, shapes and clashing designs can make a room look like a daycare.

  3. Amber Myers
    September 9, 2020 at 2:04 pm — Reply

    I could never do all white. I’m too messy. It would be stained in like 2 seconds.

    And I am so not a minimalist. I like my stuff 😉

  4. Tara Pittman
    September 9, 2020 at 2:32 pm — Reply

    So many awesome rooms. I love the one with the zebra print the best

  5. Neely Moldovan
    September 9, 2020 at 3:12 pm — Reply

    These are so interesting. I do love having mirrors in bedrooms. At least for ours it helps a ton.

  6. SARAH L FLANAGAN
    September 9, 2020 at 5:03 pm — Reply

    Ok, I am right there with the all white thing. I can’t stand all white rooms. It makes me feel like I am in the hospital!

  7. Stephanie
    September 9, 2020 at 5:23 pm — Reply

    I agree with almost all of this!! I enjoy some minimalism, but I can’t deal with clutter and messes. It gives me anxiety and I feel like I need to tidy up before I can work. Especially if it’s at my desk or in the kitchen. So I am in the middle on that one. We do have mirrors in the bedroom, but the one came with the dresser and is attached to it. Although, I want to redesign our master bedroom soon and it likely won’t include the mirror.

  8. ashley t
    September 9, 2020 at 6:23 pm — Reply

    All of these designs are gorgeous but my favorite is the Scandinavian.

  9. Krysten Quiles
    September 9, 2020 at 9:10 pm — Reply

    Legit how do people live in all white? Is just scares me! I like a little bit of color to liven things up!

  10. Gervin Khan
    September 10, 2020 at 4:44 am — Reply

    I’m very amaze of these interior design, they all look so mesmerizing and so enticing to the eyes. The color combination is totally awesome, loved it!

  11. Margaret
    September 10, 2020 at 8:54 am — Reply

    Great article. I think that in interior design, if you like something, use it. Everyone has different taste. Personally, I love the minimal-ish look. I used to be a lot more maximalist, but “stuff” seems to stress me out too much nowadays…must be me getting older. LOL

  12. Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    September 10, 2020 at 9:20 am — Reply

    I believe in Feng Shui and a mirror in the bedroom is a no-no! Especially if it captures a reflection of the bed or if it is situated above the headboard. It is said that it attracts sorrow. I agree with you that mirrors are supposed to be in the hallway, perpendicular to the door to bring in positive energy.

  13. Garf
    September 10, 2020 at 12:12 pm — Reply

    These are all beautiful designs. My fave is the natural one.

  14. Viano
    September 10, 2020 at 2:39 pm — Reply

    Interesting read. I personally don’t like anything that’s too busy. I prefer to keep it minimal, keep it simple. But I can see why you think otherwise.

    As regards the other points, I think I agree with them. If fresh talents are ignored, how will they ever get noticed?

  15. Emily Fata
    September 10, 2020 at 4:05 pm — Reply

    Honestly, I LOVE the switched up Scandinavian look that you posted a photo of! I find that that room is gorgeous.

  16. Jackie Elizabeth
    September 10, 2020 at 4:58 pm — Reply

    I agree with a lot of these. I like things to look clean but a lot of the minimalist looks are way over the top. Things can look cold and uninviting

  17. Veronika Sykorova
    September 10, 2020 at 6:42 pm — Reply

    I couldn’t deal with all white everything. I like clean simple surfaces but I definitely need some color

  18. Marie Phillips
    September 10, 2020 at 11:23 pm — Reply

    I pretty much agree with all of your unpopular opinions, lol. I guess I am just not hip enough. But that’s okay. I’m just me!

  19. Sundeep
    September 11, 2020 at 3:25 am — Reply

    The article though is quite radical is thoroughly enjoyable. It challenges the popular opinions and got me thinking about my opinions too. Always advocating minimalism, looking at these pics and some of my friends’ houses I guess yeah why not maximalism? If you have stuff to flaunt, why not.

  20. Mae
    September 11, 2020 at 4:33 am — Reply

    What a great list! I love the boho-chic and getting some inspiration. I love indoor plants a lot! And I totally agree… too many mirrors are creepy! lol

  21. Sarah
    September 11, 2020 at 5:40 am — Reply

    I wish I could love Scandinavian decor. It’s great in principle but as somebody with four kids it’s just not functional for me.

  22. annas
    September 11, 2020 at 6:26 am — Reply

    I’m very happy of these interior designs. You have put a lot of effort into making them all look so mesmerizing and i also like the color combination.

  23. Joline
    September 11, 2020 at 9:06 am — Reply

    I’m with you on the white interior. We need a pop of colour at home and in life!

  24. Rosy
    September 11, 2020 at 12:27 pm — Reply

    Interior really is important for people in a lot of aspects, not just in he essence of “looking good”

  25. Christa
    September 11, 2020 at 1:19 pm — Reply

    I needed to grab some tea for this read. Lol. I actually agree with some of these “controversial” statements. I’ve never been a fan of all-white and minimalism. I’ll just be sitting here on my teal, velvet couch enjoying all the pics of maximalist design.

  26. Kathy
    September 11, 2020 at 1:26 pm — Reply

    I agree with what you have listed. It’s so true. I’ve been attempting minimalism but I really love colors so this is really good validation.

  27. Jessica Collazo
    September 11, 2020 at 1:59 pm — Reply

    I just died with your all white aesthetic opinion. I mean, it’s true. Sometimes it can look very overwhelming and very Hospital like.

  28. Del
    September 11, 2020 at 2:45 pm — Reply

    I like the elements from each design room you’ve shared in this post.
    I think I could really make them well-incorporated into my home.
    Frankly, I like free spaces: the more, the merrier.
    Adding bright spots into the interior design is something that really adds to my brighter mood. Every day I look at that decorative thing, whatever it may be.

  29. Krizzia Scollon
    September 11, 2020 at 8:45 pm — Reply

    I still like most of the interiors you’ve mentioned but I have to agree with the all white aesthetic. I think it’s just too plain. Probably adding more plants or color can help 🙂

  30. Rose Ann
    September 12, 2020 at 3:35 am — Reply

    I love 4 and 5. I love big mirrors and all white decors.. So neat.

  31. Lyosha
    September 12, 2020 at 3:24 pm — Reply

    I think minimalism is more of state of mind than actual purely style matter. I love it but I know a lot of people don’t really understand it.
    as for all white: that is a major no-no to me. I have dogs, you see, and I always will. can’t pull off a dog and all white, it’s hard even in my monochrome interior

  32. Marta Skeledžija
    September 13, 2020 at 3:31 am — Reply

    I love the colorful ones. I need color in my life.

  33. Joanna
    September 13, 2020 at 5:15 am — Reply

    I do love minimalism but I look at is as a way to have a decluttered house, not a dentist office, as you said it. I love color and all my rooms have a splash of it, whilst still being minimalist.

  34. Kathy Kenny Ngo
    September 13, 2020 at 6:12 am — Reply

    I’m more into hygge Scandinavian but with bits and pieces of rose and pink colors. I can’t do plain white or beige.

  35. Genny Gall
    September 13, 2020 at 1:09 pm — Reply

    Decoration can transform every corner. Learning to discover all the decoration ideas and tricks is the goal

  36. Charline
    September 13, 2020 at 5:52 pm — Reply

    I love this list! As much as I love white and the clean lines, an entire house designed like that can get so boring!

  37. Nayna Kanabar
    September 14, 2020 at 5:27 pm — Reply

    I love clean uncluttered look but at the same time it’s nice to have those homely touches to make the place your own.

  38. Ana
    September 14, 2020 at 7:54 pm — Reply

    Couldn’t agree more with you! And yes, I had some bad experiences with the wrong placement of mirror in my home 🙁 Well, I always prefer minimalistic decor!

  39. Bindu Thomas
    September 25, 2020 at 11:56 pm — Reply

    Interesting interiors, Loved the all white aesthetic one more

  40. Kuma
    September 29, 2020 at 2:28 am — Reply

    Hey, i love decorated house. But i love clean decoration. It looks some messy design, If you have some clean design please suggest me. This is looks messy but awesome.

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