A mini guide to common mistakes and solutions for home building and interior design defects

Some landlords, when receiving their apartments, notice various defects in construction, including: real estate developers’ use of cheap materials in roofing, water leakage through ceilings after a while, or deficiencies in the distribution of benefits or permanent heat, noting that some defects may require in Sometimes demolish walls or resort to expensive solutions. In addition, there are several mistakes that homeowners make, in the context of the furniture or the preparation of their interior design. In the following lines, interior designer Tariq Al-Khattab, whose “studio” projects are expanding in residential areas in Istanbul and the Gulf states, highlights most of the flaws in construction and interior design, and the most prominent solutions to them.

There are many wall problems, and they are related to the paint used or cracks on the aforementioned surfaces due to climatic factors, or solutions for electrical distributors on the walls, or even children playing and distorting them with their pens, which distort the colors negatively influenced. and is difficult to clean…

Solutions to design wall problems

Wall defects can be covered with wallpaper, wood or a wood substitute

In this context, the speaker talks about the importance of determining the size of the defect on the wall. If the latter is limited and located at a high height, a painting, artwork, a mirror, or even a canvas made of fabric capable of hiding the defects or problem at a reasonable cost. However, several problems can occur on one wall, necessitating covering with wallpaper, wood, or eventually a wood substitute, or even an alternative to marble. It is worth noting that the two alternatives of wood and marble offer the desired aesthetics, at a much lower cost, compared to the same materials (marble and wood).

On the other hand, traditional methods can offer solutions, such as: paint the damaged wall with a characteristic paint color, in coordination with the furniture, or even paint all walls in a light color in narrow spaces.

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Materials and materials to mask ceiling defects

The defects presented in: cracks, crevices, dampness, smoke and rotting of the ceilings also affect the ceilings, which calls for looking for solutions. In this context, Al-Khattab attaches importance to the periodic detection of any water leakage, to avoid reaching the problem of moisture and rotting of the ceilings, as well as the continuous ventilation of the house, and the replacement of water, the vacuum cleaner or a dry towel, in the context of cleaning.

Regarding contemporary solutions related to hiding the defects of ceilings, al-Khattab lists the following materials: Covering the aforementioned surfaces with “gypsum board” or wallpaper or curtains capable of hiding the defects centered in the sides is, to hide. On the other hand, the attractive chandeliers in the details help to distract the onlookers from the misfortunes of the bishop.

Material suitable for floor covering

According to Al-Khattab, the climate influences the choice of floor coverings for interior spaces, as does the nature of the rooms within dwellings. Therefore, errors are related to a lack of knowledge of the appropriate materials for the mentioned surfaces or a failure to insulate them. In the context of the climate, natural marble (or ceramic or tiles) is used to cover the floors of residential units located in warm regions, especially in the Gulf region, since marble is a cold and scratch-resistant material. On the other hand, marble is excluded from the floors of houses located in cold areas, if the surface is not equipped with sources of heating. On the other hand, the use of natural parquet in floor coverings is rare in Golf houses, as the material is expensive and requires a skilled hand in installation. On the other hand, the natural “parquet” is replaced by “laminate”, the material that imitates the wood used in floor coverings, and it is low in cost compared to “parquet” and is suitable for different climates.

Cork floors, in turn, are used for sound insulation in living rooms, and they absorb moisture, so they are also suitable for bathrooms.

Carpets, in turn, spread warmth in homes, but they can provoke nasal allergies, for those who complain of the aforementioned disease, since they are dusty, and therefore need to be cleaned continuously.

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wrong choices

In addition to the problems related to construction and interior design, homeowners can make a mistake by choosing some materials for the interior spaces or not using them fully, such as in the open reception area whose sections are on top of each other, and therefore they resort to the latter, providing pieces of furniture that do not match the size of the architectural space or its character, or even painting the walls with an inappropriate paint, whether it is not important to match the color of the paint and pieces of furniture to coordinate, or they neglect the sources of natural light… In this context, the speaker advises to:

  • Reducing the furniture in the reception area, and limiting the options to pieces that perform specific functions, with the importance of distributing the pieces in a thoughtful way.
  • Wallpaper is more suitable for open reception rooms, compared to wall paint.
  • The choice of dark colors, of gray and blue, for large contemporary halls, and light colors that create a sense of space in small halls, with the use of mirrors in some corners.
  • Distribution of plants that spread vitality in the reception rooms, with a good selection of species that match the atmosphere of the architectural space.
  • Avoid installing the panels at high heights. On the other hand, it is appropriate to hang the panels at eye level.
  • Abandon the chandeliers to play the role of the main light source, while replacing them with hidden and side lighting.

Storage solutions

On the other hand, homeowners repeat the mistake of neglecting the spaces under the internal stairs that can be transformed into wonderful places for storage or in indoor gardens, in addition to the space above the beds, the exploitable void, in the preparation of storage solutions in close houses In addition, the good choice of designs for the dividers between the rooms makes the residents benefit from keeping books or any other purposes. The same applies to the spaces above the doors and the openings between the rooms.

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Incorporate colors into a contemporary home

Carpets spread warmth in homes

Some people shorten interior decorating by coordinating colors; It is true that the information is wrong because the interesting things of the decor exceed it, but it is inevitable to be aware of colors and their properties, and how to use them in interior spaces, because the opposite spoils the appearance of the decor. In this context, Al-Khattab asks that the following colors not be combined in one room:

  • Cold and warm colors together are not suitable for the room; Examples include cool colors: green, blue and purple, and warm colors: orange, red and yellow.
  • Primary and secondary colors together are unattractive; Primary colors include: red, blue and yellow, and secondary colors include: purple, green and orange. It is worth noting that the secondary color is a product of two primary colors.

On the other hand, Al-Khattab explains that “the most popular colors for decoration this year are: light green, comfortable red, indigo blue, pale yellow and pink,” and attaches importance to the role of the mentioned colors in achieving comfort and luxury in the interior of houses, as the latter arrived in nature.

3 tips to avoid design mistakes

Tariq Al-Khattab

To avoid mistakes in the design of decorations for any residential project, the engineer recommends:

  1. Hire an interior designer: The interior designer is able to stick to the budget allocated for home decoration, while providing the best and most attractive solutions, avoiding small additions that can cost the owner large sums of money.
  2. Allocating a larger budget for furniture: Through the housing projects he has undertaken in recent years, Al-Khattab observes that the majority of homeowners allocate a large part of the interior design budget to wall and ceiling decorations, and the least part to furniture. However, the engineer believes that balance is required in this context, because the furniture “lives” with the residents’ daily details.
  3. Check the dimensions of the house: This is an important tip, before buying furniture, to avoid making a mistake.

(Photos are from interior designer Tariq Al-Khattab’s residential projects)

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