With a little time and knowledge, anyone can create a well-designed room. I would say, in most cases, knowing where the problems are, is half the battle. There are common mistakes in home design. Here is my list for you to consider:
· Not planning before you fill it up!
· Hanging art, pictures, and mirrors incorrectly, mainly too high or too low.
· Purchasing paint before you buy upholstery and textiles.
· Not paying attention to color coordination of what you have in your room.
· Picking quantity over quality for items in a room.
· Using a rug that is too small, causing it to look like a bath mat.
· Not thinking about how you want to live in the space and consider the “flow” of the room.
· Not budgeting and rushing into purchases or the “quick fix.”
· Not asking for help when you just can’t make it work!
· The arrangement of accessories.
· Not adding character: something interesting in a room that means something to you.
· Not having a focal point or too many focal points.
· Keeping something you dislike or that feels uncomfortable in your space.
· Not using mirrors.
· Not using nature, i.e. plants.
· Not considering the real purpose of the space. For example, office vs. dining room?
· Not paying attention to acoustics in the room: it’s too loud when people are talking.
· Over-furnishing a room.
· Not considering lighting in your room: not enough or the wrong type.
· Purchasing too much of one look: following trends all out or creating a dream lifestyle that’s not you.
· Putting all the furniture against the wall might be a good use of space but not always the attractive choice.
· Collection overload: “Wow! He has a lot of swords!”
· Clutter overload: too much is too much whether accessories, pillows or just mess.
· The scale of interior vs. furnishings: not being honest about the space that you have.
I plan to address all these individually in future blogs and on the home forum, so stay tuned!