As an interior designer and business woman, I can sometimes get lost in the shuffle of meeting new clients, following up with past clients, preparing proposals, and designing spaces that are magical.So this week, I’m slowing down so I can tell you more about myself and why I chose the path of becoming an interior designer. Knowing a little bit more about the person behind the design is important because you want to work with someone who has the appropriate training, understands design, and most importantly understands you and your lifestyle.
We’ve all made mistakes when it comes to decorating our space. Whether it’s choosing the wrong paint color, rug size, incorrectly identifying furniture proportion, or scale of artwork, below are some common DIY interior design mistakes that people often get wrong.
Mistake 1: Rugs that are too small in size relative to the space
Rugs are a great way to add color, texture, and pattern to a space. If it is too small in size relative to the surrounding furniture, it throws off the balance and cohesiveness of the room. Either all of your furniture should be sitting on the rug or at a minimum the front 2 legs of your sofa and chairs should be on the rug. Since large rugs can be expensive, another option is purchasing 2 smaller rugs and laying them side by side.
Mistake 2: Pushing up furniture against the walls
Lining the walls with your furniture doesn’t necessarily make your room appear larger or more open. Putting too much space between furnishings makes it difficult for your guests to interact with one another if you are entertaining and it makes the room feel less inviting. By moving things away from the wall, you create cozier spaces that allow for intimacy and comfort. If you have a small space, place your sofa and side tables against one wall, and bring in the other furnishings away from the wall closer towards the sofa.
Mistake 3: Purchasing matchy-matchy furniture
Furniture that are very similar to one another in style, color, and texture creates no visual interest and ends up blending together so that they all look alike and nothing stands out. A mix of proportions, style, and scale is important to creating a space that is comfortable yet aesthetically pleasing full of texture and patterns. Try mixing small scale patterns with large scale patterns using geometric prints or organic prints on your throw pillows and rug. Avoid purchasing all your furniture and accessories from one store.
Mistake 4: Selecting paint color before furniture
It’s easier to select paint color for your space after you already have some furnishings in place. It’s much more difficult to find the right rug, window treatments, accessories and furnishings to create a cohesive look with the paint color if you choose the paint first. I recommend either getting samples and painting a small section on your wall as close as possible to your furniture, or getting brush outs so that it can be repositioned around the room at different times of the day to get a better preview of the color.
Mistake 5: Designing for the lifestyle you want versus the one you have
If you have kids or pets, you might want to stay away from a white sofa. Sure, a white sofa is clean, classic, and elegant but if you are constantly cleaning up messy spills, you might want to think twice. Try a sofa in a dark or patterned stain-resistant fabric. Not enough storage for holding your kids toys, arts & crafts, books, and mementos? Ottomans are great for storage and can double as additional seating when entertaining family and friends.
If you make a decorating mistake, it won’t be the end of the world. If you chose a paint color that just didn’t look right, or purchased a rug that is too small for your living room, you can always solve the problem by getting a larger rug or selecting another paint color. Of course, that will cost you additional time and money. Another option is hiring an interior designer on an hourly basis to help you with your design project. An interior designer can guide you to making the right decisions avoiding any further mistakes which will save you time and $!
When you walk into a room, what is the first thing you see? Is it the color, the rug, or a bookcase? What you first notice about a room is the focal point. A focal point, in its simplest definition, is a point where lines converge together. Creating a focal point in a space is key to creating visual interest and attracting attention. I usually recommend one focal point. Having multiple focal points in a room can be confusing and distracting. It can throw the space off balance and make it appear disorganized with too many focal points. Choosing one item to emphasize and spotlight sets the tone, mood, and ambiance for the room. It could be a dramatic artwork, fireplace, an oversized light fixture, a bold wall color, or an architectural feature. Putting the highlight on one of these elements will help create a visually interesting, well rounded, and balanced interior. Below are some ways to create a focal point in your space that doesn’t dominate or compete with other objects in a room.
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