As discussed many a time on this blog, the home is an extension of your personality—yours and whatever loved ones that live with you. It’s a reflection of whatever colors bring you joy, whatever architectural styles you find aesthetically pleasing, whatever furniture look and feel makes you smile. That’s why many that we work with, get pretty excited when the structure of their home is complete and the interior decorating can begin. Some work with professionals, others take things into their own hands. We’ve touched on this before on the Australian Heritage Homes blog, but each year brings new knowledge, of both opportunities and potholes to avoid. Today, we discuss interior design mistakes that we’d recommend avoiding, and why.
Not keeping scale in mind
We’re not referring to the sort of thing that you weigh your vegetables on at the grocery store, rather the ratio of measurements that you use when you’re choosing furniture and décor for each room. Linda Floyd, a well-known interior designer in the United States, sums it up well when saying, ““When you enter into a room, it should be like a city scape…a combination of different heights. You never want everything in a room to be the same level or the same size. Accomplish this with different heights/sizes in your furnishings, art placement and window treatments.” The key is balance. Fill your favorite rooms with too much large furniture and they’ll feel cramped. Leave the room completely bare and it will elicit feelings of loneliness.
Going into an interior design project without a budget
If you were given a million dollars and left to your own devices, how would you go about the experience? Would you madly throw money around—living a life of luxury? Would you create a line-item budget, allowing donations to those in need and planning your future? Most of us are somewhere in between. Just ensure you’re not the former, especially not when pursuing any home renovation or interior design projects. We live in a time and place when options abound. You can hop on the internet and check the prices of ten different sofas in the span of minutes. You can use customized applications to compare paint colors and ensure that the sheen is just right. Do your research, and you’ll thank yourself in the long run.
Planning blindly without available resources
In support of the point above, there are so many companies and contractors that are more than willing to lend a helpful eye, or even a helpful hand. There are fewer things worse than completing a project by yourself, and then realizing that it could have been done so much better. It’s a waste of time and it’s a waste of funds. Most of all, it’s completely avoidable. Reach out to teams like that of Australian Heritage Homes, and you’ll be in the safest of hands.
Stay tuned for more interior design mistakes that we’re seeing more than ever. All are easily avoidable when provided with the right advice. Questions? Comments? Let us know.