Do you want to avoid some of the most common interior design blunders?

Of course, you do! There are all kind of interior design mistakes that people make. Fortunately, they aren’t too difficult to prevent.

With a keen eye and a little foreknowledge, you can avoid these 10 biggest interior design mistakes!

10 interior design mistakes to avoid:

1. Not Creating a Budget Beforehand

Designing a space is usually more expensive than most people anticipate. Be sure to account for not only your furniture and décor but also taxes, shipping costs, and unforeseen additions.

2. Not Measuring Your Space Properly

While it may be tempting to trust your intuition when it comes to the size of your space, neglecting to measure could come back to bite you.

Using a tape or laser measure, record the length, width, and height of your space. This will allow you to select furniture and décor that work within your space.

3. Getting the Lighting Wrong

One of the biggest interior design mistakes that people make is leaving their lighting arrangement until the last minute. It’s always best to plan out your lighting ahead of time.

Choose a lighting fixture collection and incorporate it into your space. Start with natural light, adding mirrors that will help reflect it throughout the room. Then, layer in your secondary light sources and anything might be considered more decorative than functional.

4. Painting Your Walls Pure White

While you might have your heart set on brilliant white paint for your new space, this can make your space feel clinical.

With an off-white shade, however, you can approximate the appearance of pure white walls while maintaining a sense of warmth.

5. Putting All of Your Furniture Against a Wall

To a novice, the most logical furniture placement is flush against a wall. This can make your space feel dull and clinical, however.

Try pulling your main pieces away from the wall’s surface. Then, scatter a few pieces of furniture in a way that will encourage conversation.

6. Not Being Mindful of Scale

Beyond making sure that everything fits in your space, the actual size of your furniture, décor, and accessories matters.

Unfortunately, there is no set rule for creating the right sense of scale. Just try to avoid extremes, such as placing a large item beside a miniature item.

7. Matching All of Your Furniture

Don’t get hung up on matching all of your furniture, as this can make your space look like a furniture showroom.

While some pieces should match, feel free to mix colours and fabrics within a particular style.

8. Drawing Attention to Your Artwork

While you may be proud of your artwork, avoid drawing too much attention to it by placing it on its own or up high. Choose a location where it will blend in and try to keep it around eye level.

9. Chasing Fads

While there’s nothing wrong with following the occasional trend, professional interior designers know to avoid fleeting fads. You want to create a space that you’re not only going to love today but also a few years down the road.

10. Going Overboard

Cluttering is one of the most common interior design mistakes. Many novices fall into this trap when they have too many items—such as sentimental items and family heirlooms—that they want to be incorporated into their design.

Good interior designers opt for minimalism over maximalism!

 

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