4 Most Common Interior Design Mistakes

When it comes to interior design and decorating your home, people tend to make some very easy to miss mistakes. Don’t feel bad, because they’re extremely common! We’re just here to constructively point them out and let you know how easily they can be fixed.

Window Mis-Treatment

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Window Treatments are so important to a space, and though we could easily do a whole post just about window do’s and don’ts, here are the basics to making your windows fabulous. First, we’ll cover the length. Window treatments MUST touch the floor. They can be barely kissing it, or dragging by a few inches, but the hem of your panels needs to meet the floor. Next, let’s talk width. Maximize the width of your windows! Panels should frame your window, not cover it up. Drapery Panels should be hung so that when gathered, they barely cover the edge of the window. This will give the illusion that the window is bigger than it is, and it will maximize your natural light. Last, we’ll talk about the height. Instead of hanging your rod directly on top of the window, bring it up! Ideally, the rod should be hung half-way between the top of the window and your ceiling. This brings the eye continuously from floor to ceiling, elongating your space instead of chopping it up.

Rug Neglecting

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RUGS ARE THE BOMB! Use them. Love them. Put one in every room. But really, we use rugs in almost every space we design! Even on carpet you may ask? ABSOLUTELY. An area rug will define your conversation space, give depth to your design, and save your flooring. Not to mention, rugs bring the opportunity to make a statement! Whether neutral or vibrant, nothing introduces the style in a space faster than a rug, or makes a bigger impact. Rugs are definitely an investment, but they are one worth making. And let’s not forget, they don’t have to break the bank.

Art Interference

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I’m not in the NBA, and I am going to venture a guess to say that most of your house-guests aren’t either. This means that your art should NOT be hung eye-level to someone who is 6’10. There is a common misconception that hanging art and wall décor higher will bring the eye up and create height in your space. In actuality, when art and decor is hung too high, it creates a disconnect between the art and furniture, halting the harmony of your space. Art should generally be hung 63″ above the floor, or so the center of the piece is eye-level to someone who is about 5’6″.

Space planning

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Space planning is the foundation of every room, and having your furniture set appropriately makes a huge difference. The fourth most common design mistake is having your furniture pushed up against the walls or to the edge of the room in an open floor plan. With few exceptions, main furniture pieces should never be directly against the wall. Even in small spaces, there should be a few inches between. When one piece is anchored against a wall, the others should be brought to it, not shoved all the way against the opposite wall. This is another way area rugs can come in handy, as a guide to help you space plan!

We hope these key suggestions have helped you out!

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Space Plan Like A Pro!

Figuring out how to arrange furniture in your home can be tricky. There are many things you should keep in mind and consider in order to maximize your space and avoid overcrowding. It’s vital that you take the time to do space planning before you end up with that beautiful sofa you love that just doesn’t quite fit in your living room like you thought it would. So, today we’re giving you a lesson in space planning 101 and providing you with some guidance so you can create the most functional and stylish space possible!

Proper space planning starts with the floorplan. Your architect or builder should have this. If an official floor plan isn’t available, create a to-scale drawing of each room based on your own personal measurements. Your floorplan will serve as a guide for how your furniture should be arranged and will help in determining what will fit in each space.

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The next step in the space planning process is to decide your most important/highest priority pieces (sofa, media console, lounge chairs) and the second most important pieces (side tables, cocktail tables, storage pieces) next. These can be existing items or items that you are planning to purchase. Regardless, these are necessary pieces that should be considered first when creating a furniture layout. Before you venture into creating furniture layouts, it’s important to take into consideration a few things. The first is function of the room. Will the room be used as a living room, bedroom, media room, office, etc. The purpose of the room will dictate the type of furnishings needed.

The second thing to consider is traffic patterns. Take note of where the doors and windows are located. What are the most natural “paths” to walk through the room if it provides access to another room. You will need to be sure to avoid placing furniture in these paths.

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Consider lifestyle and needs of your home. Is there anyone elderly living in your home? Furniture accessibility or wheelchair access might need to be kept in mind if that’s the case. Same goes for infants and small children. The type of furniture you use along with how you arrange it will be determined by your family and their individual needs.

The last thing to consider would be whether there is a focal point of the room. Do you want your furniture to be arranged around a television or fireplace? Or is there a pretty picture window with a marvelous view that you wish to be on display?

Now that you have taken a proper assessment of the use of your spaces and things to keep in mind, it’s time to create your furniture layouts! Take measurements of each piece of furniture and draw them into your floorplan or individual drawings (starting with your priority pieces first). It’s good to have at least two options of furniture layouts and then you can decide which option, in the end, will work best for your family and your lifestyle!

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Space planning should be a fun process! It is a chance for one to get creative with furniture placement and over all flow. By creating a plan of action, there is less stress when it comes to move in day! And if it is still just all too much, call us! We are the experts!

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