I'm an interior designer – why shopping at bargain stores can make you look tacky… how to do it right | The Sun

AN INTERIOR designer has revealed why shopping at bargain stores can make you look tacky.

James Mellan-Matulewicz, the creative director of Bobbi Beck, shared his list of interior design choices likely to "cheapen the appearance" of your home.

He said that items on sale at bargain homeware stores tend to be made from material "as cheap as the price tag" – meaning you will have to fork out to replace them in a few years.

The designer told the Express: "This can make all the difference between a tacky home and a tasteful one."

James added that cluttering your house also risks tackiness by making design choices seem less thought-out.

He said: "Mess and clutter are natural and unavoidable in any home, but letting this overwhelm your environment will be detrimental to its integrity.

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"An otherwise impressive space can be immediately cheapened by the disarray and disorder of an untidy house."

He recommended "involving storage solutions" in interior design to ward off clutter in style.

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But James also said that it is possible to take tidiness too far, giving your house a sterile feel.

He said: "A house without decor is certain to underwhelm any guest that you may welcome through your doors.

"Although the task of embellishing your interiors may be daunting for some, succumbing to a lack of inspiration will undoubtedly stifle the potential of your home."

Decorating your walls with pictures or patterned wallpaper is a quick fix to liven up a room.

Your house may also need a lick of paint in a fashionable colour if you want to keep up its market value.

James said: "Something as simple as a fresh coat of paint can make your interiors look as good as new and do wonders for the value and desirability of your house.

"However, neglecting to refresh the appearance of your household items will result in a space that looks outdated and unsophisticated.”

A shoddy paint job is enough to make any room feel shabby and outmoded.

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