1. Scale and Proportion
One of the most common design mistakes most interior designers see is the scale and proportion. This element of design applies to every single aspect of a project, whether it is with scale and proportion of kitchen details, furnishings, or even accessories. However, most people are afraid of going too big, but the adage of ‘bigger is better’ does apply in this case. So, don’t be afraid to be bold and wild.
2. Always Ask for Help and Advice
Don’t be terrified to ask for help from friends and professionals. Be it with scale, price, texture, form, color, room use, or placement of furniture and fixtures. Even if you are contented with your design sense, getting another opinion can give you peace of mind and help you prevent costly purchases or the repainting of rooms.
3. The First Step: Pre-Plan
Another common design mistake to avoid is not carefully pre-plan any space before making purchases of furnishings, fixtures or equipment. Homeowners had often purchased furnishings such as sofas, tables, chairs, armories, and wall units because they loved it very much. However, when they deliver the items back to their home, they could not figure out how to fit in the size and shape of the scale.
That is why pre-planning is the most important in all interior design projects. Skipping the planning phase of design and succumbing to impulse buys can never work. It’s best to have a complete concept before buying something you think you love on a whim only to realize later that it doesn’t coordinate or even fit in the room. Next, paint before deciding on furniture and fabrics. It’s much stress-free to match paint to fabric than vice versa!
4. Different Eye-Level
When you enter a room, it should be like a cityscape. A combination of different heights as you never want everything in the room to be at the same level. Accomplish this with different heights in your furnishings, art placement, as well as window treatments will make your entire space look lively and interesting.
5. Never Make Your Room Flat
Too carefully coordinating a room can make it flat. It is the unexpected item that elevates and personalizes the room. Put some of the souvenirs you bought back from your vacation or the special gift you receive from wedding and parties or the toss pillow that grabbed your attention, these are the things that make the room alive.
6. Find the Focal Point
Failure to address the focal point of the room can make your room looks messy and everywhere. There either isn’t one or there are too many. A space should work around a focal point.
7. No “Shotgun”
The installation of artwork is critical. Don’t do the ‘shotgun’ approach, with one piece hung on every wall space at about the same height. Don’t hang your artwork too high, makes it look like floating on its own. And don’t forget to leave some space for your eye to rest. However, every wall surface does not have to be covered. Consider the entire composition of the room.