Let’s face it. The honest truth is that most homeowners simply don’t have the financial resources to hire a professional interior decorator. We know a room, or maybe even the entire home, needs a makeover so we tackle the project ourselves. It can be beautifully done but there are a few common mistakes to be aware of. Once you understand how to avoid these snafus in design, you’ll be amazed at how rewarding it can be, and a lot less challenging.
No Well Thought Out Plan
The very first mistake many homeowners make is not taking into account the space available and the architecture of an entire structure. Styles varied radically throughout the years, so keep this in mind when planning interior changes in décor. For example, you wouldn’t want to create an ultra-modern kitchen in a Victorian home. When sitting down to draw up your plans, make sure to measure everything accurately so that when it comes time to shop, you will have a better idea of what will fit in the space allotted. Also, take into account where electricity and plumbing runs. Drawing up a floor plan would be the place to start.
Speaking of space, another common error in interior decoration is creating a room that is just too busy. When it comes to some styles within interior décor, more is not always better. For example, one renowned Japanese homeware brand, Kinto, creates products rooted in minimalist design. With the philosophy that more is not always better, a few elegant pieces are preferable to crowding a room with endless trinkets. To get an idea of simple yet elegant pieces designed by Kinto, you can browse their current products here. This is a site where you’ll find several offerings by Kinto that exemplify current trends in minimalist décor. If you find it there you will know it’s trending and highly sought after. Remember to keep it simple so that a focal point can be highlighted without getting lost in the chaos of clutter.
Failure to Compare Prices and Quality
Another of the most common mistakes we make in interior design is often the result of impulse buying. Instead of taking our time to shop around, we go out and grab the first thing that we find. Usually, it is better to do a bit of comparison shopping based on the price and quality of a product. Bear in mind that a low price doesn’t always lead to poor quality and vice versa. Something that is priced reasonably may be of extremely high quality. It goes without saying that you are anxious to see the final result but buying on impulse could be a grave mistake.
One thing to keep in mind is that sometimes interior design requires professional services, especially when something like electrical wiring is involved. Whether it’s for built-in lighted bookshelves or moving the location of a range in the kitchen, all that must be accounted for when changing up your décor. As a rule of thumb, remember to take your time and keep it simple. Don’t try to do too much too quickly and you will be amazed at how it all falls together.
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