As interior design experts, we can not help but notice some mistakes or less-suitable choices made in some of the interiors we’ve seen.
There are infinite ways a design can go wrong in terms of functionality and aesthetics; however, we will present today some of the most common ones that many non-designers do not anticipate.
Common Mistakes in Interior Design
Disproportion in Space
What we mean here is not taking into consideration the scale of the room with the furniture in it. This often happens when a client sees a room setting in some magazine and wants to transfer that idea to their interior. Doing so is not always a bad idea; however, the size of the space needs to match with the intended furniture and the other elements.
We often see bulky furniture in a smaller room that makes it look even smaller and the general ambiance feels “tighter.” On the contrary, there could also be small elements, for instance, tiny lighting fixtures that “disappear” in larger interiors.
Always check the room size (it always seems bigger when empty) with the desired furniture, or hire a designer or 3D animator for you to get a preview of the interior plan.
Lacking Some Dynamics
Sometimes people are afraid of doing “too much” in terms of designing or decorating their space. They’ll try to play it safe with the same style of furniture everywhere, sticking to one or two neutral colors, or lining up everything to the same height. While this will certainly prevent the kitsch moment, it can make the room look a bit dull, lacking some dynamics and contrast. You don’t have to totally give up contrast or some color accents to achieve minimalism.
Not Pre-planning Every Piece of Equipment
One of the most common mistakes is buying some pieces of furniture or appliances before having the whole picture clear, just because you like them.
Pre-planning is an essential part of interior designing and decorating, and if this step is skipped, then one may end up with miss-buys that don’t fit well with the rest of the concept.
The important tip is: Buying furniture is the last step of the design pre-planning. First, create the layout plan, create the concept, the mood board, choose the materials, determine the budget, then start buying!
Not Setting Up a Budget
Although this is not much design-related, it is definitely a vital part of the planning process. Yes, we understand the design enthusiasts who want to create beautiful interiors without much of a budget –and although we agree that some things can be done for fewer dollars– one still needs to know in advance the total costs of (re)designing.
If you are hiring a professional, let them know exactly what you want and expect beforehand. If you plan on going on your own without professional guidance from a designer, then first ask around for prices of materials and workforce, see your possibilities and limits, and then set priorities and create the budget. It takes a lot more time when doing it on your own; however, you’ll be sure that at the end you will have the resources to finish your project.
When in Doubt – Ask the Professionals!
In order for you to prevent those missteps from happening and to get the best use of space in terms of commodity and style, call interior design professionals with experience and a developed portfolio.