YOUR home should be cozy and livable, but one interior designer claims the biggest comforts in your home may be an eyesore to visitors.
Homeowners were confronted by the pro’s judgment in a video that exposed the six common things in homes that make them look cheap.
Krishnan Rajaratnam is the mind behind Interior by Krish, an interior design service based in the UK that features home decor tips on its popular TikTok account.
In a video posted to his design page, Rajaratnam shared common home design choices that could be making your house look “cheap” – though not every commenter agreed with his judgments.
First on the list was exposed washing machines. Rajaratnam used a photo of a front-loader washing machine visible among cabinets in a kitchen.
Another eyesore in the kitchen that the designer warned against was fridge clutter, including magnets, notices, reminders, and assorted artwork.
Two surprising things on the list might seem like they add a level of luxury at first but actually detract from your home’s aesthetic: crushed velvet furniture and roller blinds.
Rajaratnam argued that decal stickers, like those featuring cartoon illustrations or “Live Laugh Love” -style slogans, look cheap on any wall in the house.
Finally, white plastic showers just aren’t as luxurious as their metallic counterparts, no matter how handy the lightweight material is.
Some commenters planned to take note of the expert tips, but others were confused by the remedies for the design sins.
“Not sure where else we should put the washing machine,” one person wrote. They also jokingly quipped, “Maybe hide it behind a roller blind?”
Rajaratnam recommended concealing a washing machine behind a door made from the same material as the kitchen cabinets.
Others in the comments who did not have space for full laundry rooms said they stashed their washing machines in their bathrooms.
A few commenters pointed out how common many of the unappealing decor choices are.
“The only thing I do not have is crushed velvet furniture,” one woman said.
“None of that. Phew, now I can sleep at night,” another joked.
The most controversial item on the list was fridge clutter, which invoked a strong response from parents who love to display their kids’ artwork on their refrigerators.
“Every country I visit I buy a magnet,” one viewer wrote. “Do not care if I’m cheap.”
Even though a number of viewers expressed overwhelm at the idea of such a home revamp, Rajaratnam is confident that replacing the “cheap” items pays off.
“You can still make a family home look like a show home,” the designer wrote.