5 Common Interior Design Mistakes
When it comes to curating a beautiful home, there are a lot of little things that have to come together to create the perfect space. Things like achieving balance,
having a cohesive theme, and ensuring your furniture is the right scale can make the difference between a room that you love and one that just doesn’t feel right.
Our Ultimate Guide to Interior Design can help you learn the ins-and-outs of designing a space. But sometimes, knowing what not to do can be just as helpful as knowing all the rules.
We’re giving you a heads up on 15 of the most common interior design mistakes so you can spot them before they happen. If you already have some of these design faux pas in your home, read on for how to fix them so you too can have a fabulous home.
Common Interior Design Mistakes That Experts Always Spot
- Not Having a Plan
- Not Budgeting Properly
- Failing to Establish a Focal Point
- Thinking Everything Has to Match
- Having your Clutter on Display
- Holding onto Heirlooms (you don’t like)
- Using the Wrong Size Area Rug
- Having Only One Light Source
- Hanging Curtains Too Low
- Placing Furniture Right Against the Wall
- Choosing the Wrong Size Furniture
- Ignoring Traffic Flow
- Choosing Paint Colours Before Furniture and Fabrics
- Exposed Outlets and Cords
- Plain Walls and a Lack of Accessories
Not Having a Plan.
without first making a plan is like driving to an unknown location without looking at a map. You might get to where you want to go in the end, but you will make a lot of wrong turns along the way.
While not all design projects will require scale drawings and a full set of specs, you should always establish a few guidelines before you begin. No matter the size of your project, following a consistent design style and colour palette will ensure the space feels cohesive.
You should also take the time to evaluate which items in your home will stay and what new pieces you will need. Make a list of things you will need to complete the project and keep it with you when shopping. This will help you avoid impulse purchases that don’t fit your aesthetic.
Not Budgeting Properly
Many people fail to realize just how important establishing a solid budget for your design project is. And unfortunately, this is one area that can actually make or break your entire project. If you don’t budget carefully, it’s easy to overspend on a few items and be left with no money for the end of the project.
The first is to determine how much money you h
ave available and are comfortable spending on your interior design project. Then you get to make your “dream list”.
This is a list of everything you want to do in your home. While you may not realistically be able to do everything on the list, it gives you a place to start.
Once you have both of these things ready, you can establish your scope of work. If you’re hiring a designer, this is the time to meet with them and they will help you form the project parameters.
If you are doing the project yourself, you will have to get quotes for contractors and calculate the cost of the furniture and supplies you will need to complete the project. Make sure you leave a little extra room in your budget to allow for contingencies.
Failing to Establish a Focal Point.
A well-designed room starts with a focal point. The focal point provides a center of attention and helps anchor the space. It should be a visually prominent feature that draws attention and gives the eye somewhere to land when you enter the room.
Architectural features such as a fireplace or large window are among the most common focal points. If the space does not have any prominent features, you will have to establish one with furniture or artwork.
In the absence of an architectural focal point, the largest piece of furniture in the room usually becomes the focal point. Depending on the room, that could be the couch, a bed, or a desk. A large piece of artwork
also makes an excellent focal point and allows you to express your individual style. Once you have established a focal point, the layout of the room should further draw attention to the main attraction
Thinking Everything Has to Match.
Even the most beautiful spaces look less than their best when filled with clutter. Clearing your clutter will not only make your home look better, it will also free up more time and reduce stress in your life. Start by getting rid of the things you don’t use or need. Then find a home out of sight for what’s left.
To successfully keep clutter from reappearing, try incorporating helpful organization ideas into your design. Look at where clutter usually accumulates in your home and then find solutions that work for you and your family. If mail piles up at the front door, add a console table and baskets to catch what comes in the door.
If you have stacks of paperwork in the office, add a space with trays to keep it sorted until you can put it away.
Plain Walls and a Lack of Accessories.
You might think that once the furniture is in place and the walls are painted, the design job is complete. But the final step in any design or decorating project is adding accessories and artwork. This will help pull the design together, reinforce the colour palette, and add interest, texture, and personality to the space. A home lacking colour and décor can feel harsh and uninviting
While white walls are on-trend right now, plain and empty walls are never in style. Large walls with no colour or artwork look bleak and make your home feel unfinished. Adding a large piece of artwork will make a big impact on a space. There are plenty of options online for unique and affordable art if the cost of original work is out of your reach.
Accent walls are another option for turning a blank wall into a stunning focal point. Whether you choose a bold colour, painted pattern, or wallpaper or wall mural, an accent wall will add interest and colour to your space.
When choosing accessories look for items that fit your colour scheme and include a variety of textures and finishes. Travel souvenirs, vintage items, and personal photographs all make unique accessories that tell a story and differentiate your décor.
Don’t forget to add plants and flowers to help bring a space to life.
The secret to successfully displaying accessories is to look for ways to group them by shared characteristics. Forming groups of similar objects will create more impact than displaying singular items. Arranging accessories in groups of odd numbers is more appealing than even groupings.
Including a combination of different heights, textures, and shapes will produce the most appealing and interesting arrangements.