A good design should maximise the available space, align with your personal tastes, and promote good flow. But because we know that achieving all of these is not easy, here are 5 common mistakes to avoid:
1 Lack of Planning
A proper plan is fundamental for a successful design project. Without planning, you tend to make a lot of costly errors along the way. Not all interior design projects require extensive drawings, but it is necessary to keep a few things in mind before starting. Find your favourite styles and look at multiple inspiration photos. One of the golden tools of interior design is a moodboard. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. A board in Pinterest or Instagram can go a long way.
2 Painting Before Adding Furniture
This is another simple yet common mistake. A lot of people dread having to do paint work, and we understand. But starting by painting the walls is a great way to do it and get it out of the way. Some designers might suggest to purchase the furniture first but if you already have a colour in mind for your walls, start the paint job first. This way, you can match the furniture with the overall colour palette of the room.
3 Not Taking Measurements
It might seem silly but knowing the exact dimensions of your room will prevent you from buying furniture that is too big or too small. An additional bonus is that you will definitely know how much extra space you have for shelves, tables and other home decor items.
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4 Using a Single Light Source
Having good lighting is essential in every room of your house. But it is especially important for activities such as reading and cooking. Unfortunately, overlooking the importance of good lighting is a fatal mistake that we see too often. People tend to choose cheaper fixtures that offer little to no light for the room, and end up having to spend more in single lamps.
To ensure your room is well illuminated, a combination of wall lights, table lamps, and overhead lights will do the trick. You can also use accent lighting to highlight artworks and architectural elements of your interior design.
5 Failing to Set a Budget
Home renovation is an exciting prospect, but never forget to set a budget. Without a budget in place, the price of your project can skyrocket very fast. Knowing exactly how much you want to spend and where you want to spend it will keep you on track to make the best out of your money.
Of course, you can also go ahead and hire an interior designer who will take care of everything for you. You might end up paying slightly more but you will save yourself multiple headaches and unnecessary tension. According to interior design firms, Sydney is becoming one of the leading cities in design trends. So why not go ahead and keep up too.
No stress. No mistakes.
Written by EB