6 Interior Design Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

March 10th, 2018

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Interior design is an art. And as with any artform, there are multiple factors to consider when crafting your space. With everything from color palettes to lighting design, it’s easy to get a bit overwhelmed when furnishing your home. So rather than relying on trial and error, save yourself some time by looking over these six common design mistakes and how to avoid them.

Mistake No. 1: Not Budgeting Well

When it comes to designing your home, there are several factors to take into consideration. Space, color scheme, lighting, and location all play a major role in crafting an apartment. However, something that is often overlooked is money. Creating a budget before you begin to fill your space with new decor is a must. There are certain pieces you’ll want to invest in, such as a quality bedframe and mattress. Whereas certain accessos have a bit more wiggle room in terms of price and quality. So at the onset of your interior design journey, create a budget outlining how much you’re willing to spend on certain items. It will help give you an idea of where to invest ahead of time, to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

Mistake No. 2: Clutter

We’re all guilty of being a bit messy at times, and that’s okay! But, there is an effective way to manage the clutter. When it comes to open storage (like bookshelves) realize that whatever you fill that space with becomes part of your overall aesthetic. So consider color coordinating the books on your shelf or adding plants to help round out the room. And when organizing the your miscellaneous items, opt for covered storage to keep the mess hidden.

Mistake No. 3: Wrong Rug Size

An area rug has the ability to transform an entire space, and ultimately tie the room together. When used correctly, it creates a cohesiveness that binds all of the different pieces of furniture. However, a common mistake is buying a rug that’s too small to serve this purpose. For example, an effective living room rug is large enough to hold all of the major pieces of pieces of furniture (couch, chairs, coffee table, etc). This draws the eye toward the center of the room, and signals that this area is where people should gather. But when the rug is too small, it creates a sense of chaos. Treat this piece as a staple, not an accessory, by investing in a quality area rug that is at least 8x10 in size.

Mistake No. 4: Not Enough Light

Most apartments come with an overhead light fixture already installed. And while this is a great base, the key to creating ambience is to think in layers. Add some floor or table lamps to give yourself options when it comes to setting the mood. While the overhead light may be perfect during the day, you may want softer tones when hosting your weekend dinner party.

Mistake No. 5: No Spatial Awareness

Different sized rooms call for different approaches when it comes to interior design. So do a bit of research on how to best optimize your space, especially when it’s limited. If you’re working with a studio, you’ll want to utilize vertical storage as much as possible while also steering clear of dark furniture, in order to maintain a more open feel to your apartment.

Mistake No. 6: Too Trendy

In the age of twitter hashtags and instagram fame, it pays to be trending. However, this concept doesn’t translate quite as well when it comes to interior design. Style changes with the season, so it’s better to invest in classic, staple pieces when it comes to your home.