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7 Interior Design Mistakes to Avoid

Today we're talking 7 interior design mistakes to avoid & I'm walking you through each. If you're visiting from Instagram, Facebook, or Youtube welcome! I'm so glad you're here. If you missed last week's post about simple foyer updates click, here. Disclaimer: this post may contain affiliate links. This helps me continue to provide you with how-to DIY projects as well as helpful blog posts. To learn more about what affiliate links are click, here.

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What I'm about to share will keep you from making common interior design mistakes. If you follow these steps you can create an amazing home every single time!

7 interior design mistake to avoid

7 Interior Design Mistakes to Avoid

Improper Scale & Proportion:

Hanging photos at the wrong height has the power to make your space look strange. The same is true for furniture that is too big or too small for a room. Golden rule: Before buying furniture, measure the space it's going in & also know the dimensions of the pieces you plan on buying.

improperly scaled art

Ignoring Space Purpose/ Function:

Specific elements that enhance your room's purpose should be incorporated in the design of that particular space. For example, a media room should provide black-out curtains to block the glare, as well as rugs to dampen the acoustic feedback if it has hardwood floors.

Matching Furniture Sets:

We all have been guilty of this offense at one point or another! Heck the furniture industry pushes it. There are some that clam up at the thought of having to pull a space together, so they walk in a showroom & purchase the entire bedroom set. You should want your space to have that creative, yet collected over time look.

It shouldn't look like you bought everything at once from the same place! If you're on a limited budget, mix your high end purchases with your low end & vintage finds for a more expensive look. Photo number one is of a beautiful bedroom set, but go for the look of the second to add visual flair & dimension.

Bad Lighting:

Lighting can be tricky, since it is affected by everything in the room and it changes with the time of day. When considering how much lighting you'll need; think about the colors of your walls, fabrics, floors and if you get a lot of natural light. Dark furniture absorbs light, so you will have to amp up the light a bit. Also, consider what activities will take place in the room.

If you are reading, studying or cooking you will need more light than a room for TV watching or sleeping. When unsure add dimmers, so you can adjust your light accordingly. Don't go overboard and punch too many holes in your ceiling like the first picture. Instead, try using a range of different kinds of lighting such as; lamps, pendants, recessed and even candle light.

Lack of Color Scheme:

Coordinating colors can really bring a room together. In contrast, the lack of a cohesive color plan will go against what you're actually trying to achieve in the space. Properly using color will make your room more visually appealing. Avoid using too much color in one space, instead choose specific key colors that appeal to you.

Underestimating Project Costs or Timeline:

Always leave room in the budget for unexpected costs (scheduling issues), because forgetting this alone can complicate the process and risk completion. This modern design required outsourcing to purchase specific design pieces such as the lighting, couch, tables, ottomans, and consoles. Custom furniture can take up to 12 weeks or more! For tasks beyond your scope of knowledge you should contact an interior designer, which brings me to the final mistake.

Not Hiring a Professional When Necessary:

There are many unique and custom design elements that can dramatically enhance the look and feel of your home. However, many of these projects require the assistance of design professionals for the best end result. A trusted design professional will bring you fresh ideas and avoid mistakes or complications you may encountered on your own.

By avoiding these mistakes when designing, your home will be functional and visually appealing. Don't think you can afford an interior designer? You'll be surprised by how affordable my services are. If you are more visually inclined, please check out my portfolio.

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