When designing your home’s interior, it is easy to get carried away. New design trends are always popping up, and you might feel pressured to incorporate them into your home, even if they aren’t necessarily your style.
If you don’t have a knack for decorating or are struggling to arrange your space in an aesthetically pleasing way, there are some basic interior design rules you can follow that never go out of style.
Here are a few interior design mistakes to avoid while crafting your dream home.
Window Shop with a Budget
Some interior designers may talk about how it’s important to walk through home goods stores to look for inspiration, which is true. Window shopping can be a great way to figure out what you want and don’t want. However, aimlessly walking around stores makes it easy to purchase things “here and there,” which will eventually add up to a major cost. Try sticking to a budget and keeping track of it. If you know you’re someone that makes impulse purchases, avoid walking through stores without a plan or bring a friend along to hold you accountable.
Take Proper Measurements
Before bringing any new furniture or accessories into your home, ensure you take proper measurements and create a floor plan for your space. There’s nothing worse than finding the most beautiful couch or chair that fits your color scheme perfectly, purchasing it, bringing it home, and finding out it does not fit in your room.
A new piece of furniture should not just fit but be comfortable to use and leave adequate space for movement. Save yourself unnecessary aggravation and money and take the time to properly measure your space, write the dimensions down, and take them shopping with you!
Focus on Lighting
Lighting is a huge part of your home and should be a focus when you are designing each room. Many people make lighting an afterthought. The light fixtures you choose and the bulbs you decide on can profoundly affect the space’s feel and design. Focus on putting up various lights, from lamps to ceiling lights, to provide layers of soft light.
Ensure that curtains or blinds can easily be opened to allow natural light into your home during the day, and use mirrors to spread natural light in rooms that don’t have many windows.
Add a Focal Point
A common design mistake is forgetting to give each room a focal point. You definitely can have more than one focal point, especially if you are working with a larger room, but you always need something that draws your attention in and assigns the space with a purpose. For example, a living room’s focal point is usually the TV, and the furniture in the room is focused and pointing towards the TV.
Some rooms are more difficult to establish a focal point, but it’s important not to scatter furniture around aimlessly. First, decide the purpose of the room and build around that. Some focal point examples could be a fireplace, coffee table, painting, bed, kitchen island, etc.
Show off Your Personality
You want your home to represent you and your life. It’s fine to follow a design style that you really like, but be sure to incorporate parts of your personality within the design. Include pictures or wall art from your travels, pop in your favorite colors, or include antiques passed down by your family. Anything that expresses your individuality is a perfect way to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere instead of a cold, cookie-cutter look.
Avoiding these common interior design mistakes is a great place to start when redecorating the inside of your home, but not all of us have the time and creativity to design our spaces to perfection.
At Sherwood Furniture, our firm can help you transform your home with our extensive interior design knowledge and experience. Our services include fabric selection, furniture design, wall treatments, floor coverings, lighting plans, and more! Whether you only need assistance with one room or your whole house, we will provide the interior design services you need to fall in love with your space!