Lies I've Told as an Interior Designer & My Reactions to Homes

As interior designers, we are used to people asking us certain things that force us not to be completely honest. Maybe a friend or family member has recently renovated part of their house and they can’t wait for you to come over and see the house. They walk you into the space and ask you what you think! And you’re thinking….wow! Read on to learn the truth about how interior designers avoid difficult conversations about design.

A great wall treatment?

My friend wanted me to come over to see their remodeled kitchen and wanted my opinion on the wall treatment. When I walked in I was kind of surprised to see cork as a wall treatment and a backsplash.

I thought, okay, great–it’s eco-friendly, at least. It turned out it wasn’t cork, but it was a sponging technique painted on the wall! And she wanted to come to replicate the look in my home! It’s tough to respond kindly but I just said I’d stick to my flat paint.

Exposed brick industrial-style, yikes!

Another friend of mine wanted me to come look at the old brick they uncovered in her kitchen. They were proud of how they turned it into an industrial design-styled space. She wanted me to take a look at it.

And I was pretty surprised and all I could say was “Wow, that’s nice, exposed brick and pipe, wow, that’s cool, that’s nice! I like the variety and the colors. I like the pipe coming out of the water heater. And that plant hanger! I love plants.”

Massive light fixture, oh my goodness!

In a third situation, my friend wanted me to come to see their new dining room and kitchen. I looked up and all I could see was the huge light fixture. I said “Wow! That’s a really big light fixture, that’s really big! Oh, and it’s framing out a skylight above it so there’s a lot of natural light pouring through this really big fixture. Wow, that makes a statement! Are you sure it’s safe to eat at the table? Is it securely bolted to the ceiling joists up there?”

So that’s it… just me making fun of my experiences as an interior designer! I’m sure many of you who are designers can relate to these experiences and how you have to tell some white lies to your friends and family. Let me hear your experiences in the comments!

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  • N'Ckyola N'Ckyola on Apr 29, 2024
    You're good ma'am. Sometimes all I can do is scratch my head. But I was taught if you don't have anything good to say don't say anything. Besides, if they like it that's all that matters & I'll be around if/when they want to change it 😉
  • Elizabeth Haire Elizabeth Haire on Apr 29, 2024
    What do you think these friends will say after they see this post?