When it comes to interior design, sometimes homeowners tend to go the DIY route and take it upon themselves to design or decorate their home, mostly based on the internet, guesswork or as Filipinos like to say “bahala na ” (leave it to fate). Often the results leave much to be desired, as major “sins” have been committed when it comes to interior design.
Here are some of the common interior design mistakes that interior designers have encountered throughout their long work experience and ways to avoid them.
I have no plan at all. As mentioned earlier, the bahla na approach, of plunging into the unknown, simply won’t work. Experts recommend taking the time to evaluate which items will stay in the home and which new pieces are needed. Next, make a list of the things needed to complete the project. This will help to avoid spontaneous purchases that do not match the aesthetic.
One avoidable mistake is taking room measurements before adding furniture to ensure it fits in the room and allows for freedom of movement.
When it comes down to it, not having a budget is as bad as not having a plan. The result is a tendency to overspend and there may not be enough money to finance the project. The obvious thing is to have a budget and work within it. Also consider emergencies. If it’s DIY, be sure to get quotes for contractors and calculate the cost of furniture and supplies needed to complete the project.
Put all the furniture against the wall. Experts recommend having a few pieces of furniture like a chair or two in the center of the room to “float” to create variety and interest in your floor plan. It is also recommended that it be drawn on paper before doing anything.
Bathroom lighting. According to experts, lighting is very important in relation to space in interior design. It can make or break a space as there are many factors involved such as matching lights and house colors to create an interesting look. Mismatches can distort colors or increase eye tolerance. If one chooses to do it themselves, it is recommended to work on three levels of lighting – ceiling lights to “wash” surfaces such as tables, floor lamps for ambient lighting and table lights for reading and working. The bottom line is the lack of a single light source.
Do not measure the area of the house. Assuming or “guessing” is considered unacceptable in interior design. One such mistake is placing large pieces of furniture in a small space, or small furniture in a large space. This hinders its functionality and affects the aesthetic negatively. The obvious solution is always scale.
Another reason measurement is important is traffic flow. No one likes to bump into or trip over furniture frequently when moving around the house. Therefore, the floor plan is necessary to create optimal traffic patterns, from the room’s entry point.
Not having a focal point is another mistake. A focal point provides the center of attention and helps to stabilize space in the room. It should be a visually significant feature that draws attention and gives the eye a place to feast upon entering the room.
At the very least, the largest piece of furniture in the room usually becomes the focal point. A large piece of art also makes an excellent focal point. Once a focal point is established, the room design should draw attention to the main attraction.
Aesthetics over comfort. Just because a piece of furniture may be attractive to the eye, it may not mean that it is comfortable the moment you sit on it. As the saying goes, “Try before you buy!” It is very important that you feel comfortable first.
Overdoing it will add too many decorations, furniture, patterns, etc. make the environment unpleasant to the eye. By stating the obvious, reduce and it will lead to greater results.
In addition, choosing paint colors first before furniture and fabrics is another mistake. The result is walls that have nothing to do with anything in the house. It is recommended to start with bulky pieces or firm finishes such as a large rug or sofa.
Asymmetry is another mistake made when arranging a room for lighting and furniture. Consistency creates balance and aligns everything. It is advisable to draw a line in the middle of the room and measure whether it is the same on both sides. From here, start arranging the furniture from the center outwards.
Exposed electrical outlets and wires. Not only are they unsightly in appearance, they can also pose a safety hazard. A “hack” is to either run wires inside the wall or paint them the same color as the wall. Nowadays, rechargeable wireless devices are available. They can be a viable replacement for corded appliances.
And finally, get professional help bilaterally when mistakes materialize. It is best to hire an experienced interior designer in the early stages to avoid the above mistakes. It also avoids the high cost of interior remodeling to correct these errors.