Remodeling your home can quickly become overwhelming, and there are several mistakes that one can make along the way. I am going to focus on a few that I think are the most common interior design mistakes to avoid. If you take these simple steps one by one, you will be successful in creating a beautiful interior.
- Over Furnishing a Room: This is by far the most common mistake that I see in my profession as an interior designer. People buy furniture which is too large for the room or fill it up with too many items. This makes the space crowded and small. Purchase furniture that will allow a room to breathe and not overcrowd it. Having furniture that is multi-functional will reduce the number of pieces in a room.
- Buying Furniture Out Of Scale: Before purchasing furniture, be sure to measure the room and any existing furniture you plan to keep. This is important step in ensuring your new furniture will fit properly. Be certain to measure the width, depth, and height of each piece. Buying the right furniture pieces the first time around will save you a huge amount of money, therefore avoiding costly mistakes later on.
- Hanging Artwork Too High: Hang your artwork around 66″-72″ from the top of the piece to the floor. This is most visually appealing in a room with an eight-foot ceiling. There are exceptions when the art is very large or it is hanging above a large furniture piece. Do not hang art in a diagonal line. Group smaller pieces together to create one focal point. Lay everything out on the floor and measure first before installing on the wall.
- Clutter and Disorganization: If you organize your day-to-day clutter and eliminate “stuff” you seldom or never use, you will have much more living space. Purge unwanted items. Make room to display your collections and provide storage for things you want to keep. When purchasing furniture, keep in mind storage use capability if that is what you ultimately need.
- Quantity vs. Quality: Buy only what you love and avoid cheap knickknacks and artwork. Buy the best art, furniture and accessories you can afford. The more expensive pieces may cost more initially, but the quality of the item will last over time. Inexpensive products is exactly that, cheap, and will not hold up and eventually become throw away items in the future.
- Bad Lighting: Be sure you have several light sources in a space, and don't just count on the recessed lighting on your ceiling. Layer your lighting for proper use and ambiance. Lighting is one of the most important elements in a room. It enhances all of your furniture and overall color scheme. It’s also important to have the proper lighting for various tasks such as reading, conversation, etc. Incorporate floor and table lamps for reading and tasks. Chandeliers offer overall ambiance and illumination in a space, such as a dining room, kitchen, or bedroom. Track and recessed lighting provide accents for artwork and accessories.
- Choosing Paint Before Flooring and Furniture: Be sure you decide on a color scheme first and coordinate it with your existing fabric in your upholstery, throw pillows, area rugs, artwork, etc. If you’re planning to start fresh with all new furniture, select those pieces first. Then select your flooring, and countertops. Paint should be chosen last, but installed first so it doesn’t damage your new flooring. If you’re wanting a fresh coat of paint or a new look throughout your home, pull colors from your exisiing furnishings and add splashes of color for accent walls, niches, and cozy rooms such as dens, powder bathrooms, and master retreats.
- Breaking the Flow of Your Overall Color Scheme: Choose 3 or 4 colors you like, and stick to it to create your entire color scheme. Carry those colors throughout your home. This will help the design concept flow and create a serene interior that makes sense. Tip – If you have an area rug you really like that can be your start. Take a few colors from it and use in your chosen fabrics and paint colors. People will thing you’re a model home pro.
- Not Planning Your Remodel: Take the time to plan and coordinate your remodel project. Don’t rush! Focus on a design style and the feeling you want to create and what you want it to look like. Pull pictures from magazines to get inspiration. Plan out a budget to stay on track.
- Not Hiring a Professional to Help: I cannot stress enough the importance of hiring a professional interior designer, as well as a licensed and bonded contractor who is credible and reputable. A professional designer is educated, and will be able to help you avoid costly mistakes and make things go smoother overall. Again, it may be an expense up front, but if you put it in your budget it will save you a ton of money in the long run!
Interior Designers are experts in the remodeling field. It is their job to be your expert in the various materials, color, and all construction details. For example: Paint alone is a challenge, and a paint consultation is a valuable investment that will save you from going back and forth to the paint store. Not to mention investing in hiring a painter to paint your home, and then you don’t like the color.
If you are planning a remodel, you can avoid making design mistakes by consulting a professional interior designer. They can create a design style more quickly and they know what manufactures and sources to purchase from, as well as help you to select the proper materials that are perfect for your unique project. Therefore, creating your a custom design, that no one else has. I guarantee your project will run smoother and less costly mistakes will be made!
If you have any questions or need advice, please feel free to contact me, I’d love to help.
It’s my goal as your personal interior designer to “Deliver Unique Design with Peace of Mind”
Best Wishes, Certified Interior Designer Orange County, CA / (714) 904-7431