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Saturday 16 January 2021
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12 Interior Design Mistakes To Avoid

Even the most confident interior design enthusiast makes errors from time to time. Some mistakes are more common than others, particular amongst amateur interior designers and those hoping to spruce up their home themselves without enlisting the help of a professional. Whether you’re a design expert or just someone looking to make some home improvements, avoid these simple mishaps.

 

  1. Buying pieces spontaneously. If you’re shopping around for new furniture and accessories, try to go into the store with a plan. If something catches your eye that wasn’t already on your list, think hard about where exactly in your home the piece will fit in. Sometimes we may really love something, only to find it doesn’t quite work in the space as we’d imagined it would. You can also easily exceed your budget through impulse buys.
  2. Buying the wrong sizes. Whenever you shop for furniture, bring along a tape measurer and have all of your house’s measurements written out. There’s nothing worse than falling in love with a couch, only to bring it home and find that it doesn’t fit comfortably in your space at all.
  3. Over-accessorizing. This rule applies to interior design as well as fashion. Accessories can make your home look polished, interesting and personalised. However, too many pieces scattered around a room will leave it feeling cluttered and disorganized. Choose accessories that you really love and leave the rest.
  4. Over-furnishing. Even if you’ve been careful and limited the amount of accessories in a space, you can still make it look cramped by placing too many pieces of furniture in the room. If things feel a little crowded, consider whether or not some of your furniture is truly necessary.
  5. A lack of consideration for scale. Scale is crucial in interior design. Some designers make the mistake of choosing furnishings that are all in a similar shape or size. When there are too may small pieces in one room it can look cluttered- the furniture should be varied in size, creating fascinating detail and interesting proportions.
  6. Ignoring advice. Many of us go into an interior design project with all guns blazing, full of ideas and creativity. This is a great way to begin, but it’s also important to get a second opinion. Have a trusted friend with an eye for interiors look at your colour schemes, layouts and accessories, and make sure they give you an honest opinion about how things look.
  7. Buy your textiles before you paint. It can be very awkward to find accessories, rugs and drapings that match the colour you’ve already painted on your walls. Pick these things first and then find a great colour that brings out the best from your interior.
  8. Becoming a perfectionist. Some people have the sense that a beautiful room should be perfectly matched, minimalist and clean- they forget that the best space should have a splash of character. Don’t forget to have fun with your design, and avoid getting too matchy-matchy.
  9. Hanging on to sentimental furniture. Many of us have furnishings and decorations that have been passed down to us by a beloved relative or have some form of sentimental value. Of course it’s important to hold on to these treasured possessions, but don’t feel you have to include them in your living room design.
  10. Decorating to please others and not yourself. Your home should reflect who you are as a person, so don’t decorate according to trends and what you believe other people want to see. Make sure you include pieces you love, and don’t be afraid to be quirky or unique.
  11. Don’t rush things. It’s easy to get inspired and then rush into a design project, but the best spaces are often slowly created over a period of time. Don’t bust your budget and burn yourself out by sprinting through a decoration project- take your time and let things come together gradually.
  12. Don’t forget the light. Getting as much light in your room as possible is the most important design tip to remember. If you have windows, make sure they’re not closed away with heavy drapes or blinds. Curtains should also be hung as high up as possible to get the most from your natural light and create a feeling of depth in the room.