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

Some owners find it difficult to notice various defects in the construction upon receiving their apartments, including: the use by real estate developers of cheap materials to cover the roofs, or water leakage through the ceilings after a while, or the failure in how to spread the benefits or the permanent heat, noting that some defects sometimes require demolishing walls or resorting to expensive solutions. Moreover, there are several mistakes that homeowners make when arranging or preparing their interior design. In the following lines, interior designer Tariq Al-Khattab, whose residential “studio” projects are expanding in Istanbul and the Gulf countries, highlights most of the flaws of construction and interior design, and the most prominent solutions to them.

There are many problems with the walls, and they are related to the paint used or to cracks on the above surfaces due to climatic factors, or to the solutions of electricity distributors on the walls, or even to children tampering with their pens and distorted. , which negatively affects the colors and makes it difficult to clean…

Solutions to design wall problems

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

In this context, the discourse 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, then a painting, artwork, mirror, or even a panel that made of fabric is able to hide the defects or problem at a reasonable cost. However, several problems can arise in one wall, necessitating covering with wallpaper, wood, or eventually a wood alternative, or even a marble alternative. It is worth noting that the alternatives to wood and marble offer the necessary 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 harmony with the furniture, or even paint all the walls with a light color in narrow spaces.

Follow more: Ceramic decorations for the walls of the reception halls

Materials and textures for masking roof defects

Defects presented in: cracks, crevices, dampness, smoke and mold also affect ceilings, requiring the search for solutions. In this context, the letter attaches importance to the periodic detection of any water leakage, to avoid access to the problem of moisture and rotting of the ceilings, as well as to constantly ventilate the house, replacing it with water, a vacuum. cleaner or a dry towel, in the context of cleaning.

In terms of contemporary solutions related to hiding the shortcomings of the ceilings, the discourse mentions the following materials: covering the aforementioned surfaces with “gypsum board”, wallpaper, or curtains that can concentrate the defects concentrated at the edges hide. On the other hand, the attractive chandeliers in the details help to distract the attention of the onlookers from the flaws of the ceiling.

Material suitable for floor covering

According to Al-Khattab, the climate influences the choice of floor coverings for the interior spaces, as well as the nature of the rooms within the residences. Therefore, the errors are related to the lack of knowledge of the appropriate materials for the above surfaces or the failure to insulate them. In the context of the climate, natural marble (or ceramic or tiles) is used for covering the floors of residential units located in hot areas, especially in the Gulf region, since marble is a cool and scratch-resistant material. On the other hand, marble is excluded from the floors of houses located in cold areas, if the roof is not equipped with heating sources. On the other hand, natural parquet is rarely used in floor coverings in homes in the Gulf, as the material is expensive and requires a skilled hand with installation. On the other hand, natural “parquet” is replaced by “laminate”, a material that simulates the wood used in floor covering, and 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 cause nasal allergies for those who complain of the aforementioned pathology, and they also become dusty, so they need to be cleaned continuously.

Follow more: Authentic and manufactured materials for the floor of the contemporary house

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, since the sections in the open reception area are on top of each other, so they resort to providing the latter with pieces of furniture that do not match the size of the architectural space or its character, or even paint the walls with inappropriate paint, or they do not give importance to the coordination between the color of the paint and the pieces of furniture, or they neglect the sources of natural lighting… In this context, Al-Khattab recommends:

  • Reducing furniture in the reception area, and limiting options to pieces that perform specific functions, with the importance of distributing pieces in a thoughtful way.
  • Wallpaper is more suitable for open salons than wall paint.
  • The choice of dark gradations, of gray and blue, for the large contemporary halls, and light colors that create a sense of space in the small halls, with the use of mirrors in some corners.
  • The 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 paintings at high heights. On the other hand, it is appropriate to hang paintings 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 space that can be exploited, in the preparation of storage . solutions in narrow homes. In addition, the good choice of designs for the partitions between the rooms makes the residents benefit from keeping books or any other purposes. The case applies to the spaces above the doors and the openings between the rooms.

Follow more: Basics in designing modern and distinctive dressing room decorations

Incorporate colors into a contemporary home

Carpets provide warmth in homes

Some people limit interior decorating to color coordination; It is true that the information is wrong because the interesting things of the decoration go further, but it is essential to know the colors and their characteristics, and how to use them in the interior spaces, because the opposite of them spoils the appearance of the decoration . In this context, the engineer appeals to Al-Khattab to avoid combining the following colors with each other in the same 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 not attractive; The primary colors include red, blue, and yellow, and the secondary colors include purple, green, and orange. It is worth noting that the secondary color is the product of two primary colors.

On the other hand, Al-Khattab explains that “the most popular colors for this year’s decorations are: pale green, comfortable red, indigo blue, pale yellow and pink.” He values ​​the role of the aforementioned colors in achieving comfort. and luxury in the interior of homes, as the latter connects with 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 meet the budget allocated for home decorations, while providing the best and most attractive solutions, avoiding small additions that can cost the owner large amounts.
  2. Allocating a larger budget for furniture: Al-Khattab notes, through the housing projects he has undertaken in recent years, that the majority of homeowners allocate a generous portion of the interior design budget for wall decorations and ceilings, and the least for furniture. However, the engineer believes that balance is required in this context, because the furniture “lives” with the residents’ daily details.
  3. Verify the dimensions of the house: This is an important advice, before buying furniture, to avoid making a mistake.

(Photos courtesy of interior designer Tareq Al-Khattab’s residential projects)

Read more: The appeal of nature’s materials in contemporary interior spaces

Leave a Comment