12 Aug The Biggest Mistakes That Homeowners Make In Interior Design
Electing to handle the next renovation project on your own may appear to present the benefit of personalizing your home’s new decor and tailoring it to your own preferences. However, in reality there are numerous problems that aren’t evident to the untrained eye until the project is finalized.
Creating the optimal environment in your living space – functional, aesthetic and comfort wise – requires an excellent sense in terms of scaling, colours, shapes and patterns. In addition, it also implies avoiding the following list of faux pas, which many homeowners tend to commit.
• Choosing form over function
It’s very tempting to select a piece of furniture simply because it looks great and matches the rest of the interior design, but let’s not forget that it should also serve a functional role. For example, don’t invest in an uncomfortable couch or armchair; rather, test it’s comfort levels at the furniture store before purchasing. Other important functionality features to base your decision on comprise of durability and cleaning ease.
• Going with a wall colour before evaluating it in context
Unless you’ve graduated art school and you possess extensive experience with colours, it’s very unlikely that you’ll be able to determine how well a certain shade compliments the room in absentia. You should also remember that lighting – both natural and artificial – alters the appearance of colours. Select a few paint samples and apply them to a patch of the walls before reaching a final decision.
• Randomly placing various art pieces
Art is a great way to confer your home a sophisticated appeal, but only if you can establish a theme and arrange various pieces to complement each other. Try out various grouping combinations and determine which one works best before you start drilling holes in your drywall. At the same time, keep in mind that the recommended hanging height is approximately 2/3 up the room’s wall, to provide an optimal viewing experience while standing and seated.
• Opting for outdated bath rugs
Several years ago, matching the toilet seat covers with a contoured rug was a widespread trend in interior decor. On the other hand, this trend turned out to be more of a fad and it quickly ran its course. Interior designers nowadays recommend rectangular carpets made from water resistant materials that can be washed with ease, considering their function.
• Adopting short-lived trends
Speaking of outdated trends, you’ll certainly come across a number of flashy designs in home decor magazines, and they may seem like a good idea at the time. Don’t give in, because like in the case of contoured rugs, they will go out of fashion relatively fast. Select a theme with a timeless appeal for your home and you won’t have to redecorate for years.
• Forgoing the window treatment
Bare windows convey a sense of incompleteness. You can choose between curtains, blinds, valances and drapes; remember that anything is better than leaving the windows exposed, both functionally and aesthetically.
• Leaving the foyer empty
Foyers are the initial part of your home all visitors encounter. Their role is to set the mood for the atmosphere in your home and ease the transition to the other rooms. Use area carpets, a smaller table, potted plants, mirrors or a coat rack to liven up your foyer.
If you would like to find out more about home design information and services in Perth Australia, then don’t hesitate to contact Molyneux Designs. We can make your interior design dreams come true and help you steer clear of common mistakes homeowners make.