Whether you’ve owned several homes or you’re about to take your first step on the property ladder, everyone has made some good and some bad decisions regarding interior design and home improvement.
Sometimes your furniture might not match the resounding theme of the room in question, or you have a centrepiece that can look a little bit overbearing. Some interior design mistakes should even be avoided at all costs.
1. Lack of proper lighting
It is all very well to flood the room with lots of natural lighting, but once the last light of day has dropped down and out of view, it is important that there is enough artificial lighting for you to be able to see comfortably. Relying too much on one or the other is a recipe for disaster and a good balance of natural and artificial lighting is always best. Unfortunately, you can’t always tell.
Still, you don’t want to have to wait until darkness falls before you find out you don’t have enough lighting to last you the rest of the evening. This is where an interior designer will be able to help as they have experience in assisting with these kinds of issues and will be able to provide advice on the best course of action.
2. Overwhelming the room with one colour
Even if lime green or charcoal grey is your favourite shade, bombarding the room with it can make it look gaudy, or washed out or just…too much. Having a good blend of different colours that complement each other is the way to go. This means the colour scheme for the furnishings, furniture and the walls too. If your walls are painted a deep red, for example, try offsetting the colour scheme with a cream sofa or a pine table and chairs set.
One of the worst interior design mistakes you can make is to choose carpeting for a room where – practically – carpeting will not work. This is mainly referring to shower rooms, bathrooms and kitchens. Due to the high average humidity of these rooms and the fact that you are likely going to be dealing with condensation on a regular basis, it is an awful decision to carpet a kitchen or a bathroom, whichever way you look at it. You are likely to get grease spatters and liquid spills all the time in the kitchen, which is a nightmare to clean from a carpet. Likewise, the recently bathed individual is not always going to make sure they are bone dry before stepping out of the bath.
There are a variety of different options available when looking at alternative flooring solutions for your kitchen and your bathroom. Laminate flooring is an inexpensive yet commonly found option, however, stone tiles are more effective and resilient for long term purposes. You can choose from a wide range of different stone tiles to suit your home design, but make sure to ask an expert so that you can choose the best material for your kitchen or bathroom.
4. Not accounting for storage space
Just because a room is minimalistic doesn’t mean it can’t have its fair share of cubby holes and secret compartments to provide ample storage space. Think of a swan swimming along on the water. Above the surface, it looks effortless and graceful, yet underneath the surface, the swan’s legs will be paddling along to keep it afloat. Minimalist interiors must work in the same way. If you want a room in which there is not much on show, or there is a lot of ‘free space’, it is important that you also incorporate hidden storage solutions.
Shelves and overhead storage spaces are a great way of effectively using levels in your design. Window seats and sofas alike can make good use of pull-out storage space that can be hidden away when not in use. Try to be creative when thinking about these solutions!
As with any type of interior design or home improvement, sometimes it is a good idea to get professional help before charging in and making silly or rash decisions. It is all too easy to get an idea in your head that doesn’t quite work out in practice and an interior designer will be able to help with that. Making design mistakes not only costs time, it can also be expensive and stressful, so having an established plan for your home helps to minimise costs and downtime, leaving you with more time to enjoy your brand new, beautiful home.
Article provided by Mike, working together with Sussex-based specialists Chandler Stoneworks, who were consulted over the information in this post.