If you’ve ever thought about decorating your home on your own, or have done so in the past, then there’s a good chance you made one of these interior design mistakes. Although, these the most common interior design mistakes homeowners make, they’re not things that typically run through our minds as we scheme on our latest domestic masterpiece. In fact, some of these might be things you counter-intuitively think you are doing right.
Scale and Proportion
One of the most common design mistakes that home owners make is with scale and proportion. It’s easy to miscalculate the size and scale of furniture, artwork and accessories in the home with an untrained eye.
In fact, the biggest fear most people have is going too big. The result is that they select furnishings that are too small for the scale of their room, making it look crowded and cluttered. Don’t be afraid of selecting pieces that are little larger and bolder as long as you can fit them into your space, you might be in for a pleasant surprise.
Another mistake we commonly see among DIY designers is the temptation to go for pure white walls. We are constantly told that white walls “open up the space” and “make a room appear larger”. While lighter coloured walls do allow light to reflect giving the impression of openness, pure white causes furniture to appear to float against the wall and lacks warmth.
Instead, select a warm neutral off-white or bone coluor or better yet a neutral crème or beige to bring the elements of your room together.
Not Asking for Help
If there is one thing that all homeowners all have in common, it’s that we all believe we are experts at design. While we may know our home better than anyone else, we all need a helping hand from time to time. Even, if it is just to ask for a second opinion of the glass coffee table we just picked out for the living room or the paint colour you selected for the home office.
Hanging Artwork Improperly
Do you know the right way to hang a piece of wall art? Did you even know there was a right way and a wrong way?
Many homeowners make the mistake of hanging artwork either too high or too low. Though some people may debate the exact placement of art on a wall, we suggest hanging wall art at approximately eye level.
You probably wouldn’t go to the grocery store without a list would you?
So, why shop for your home without one either? Shopping for your home without a plan is mistake that can cost you literally thousands of dollars. Whether you are shopping around for a designer, a contractor, materials or furnishings – always have a plan.
Figure out what you need or are looking for and how much you want to spend. Although you might discover that your improvements may cost more or be more involved, it’s best to find out before you begin than, while you’re in thick of it.