Sep 12, 2012

Ten design mistakes to avoid.

You're ready to make a change rather than remodel a room.  DO pay attention to these 10 mistakes to avoid for the best process and results!  We provide fast, budget conscious solutions and products locally or through e-zine so be sure to let us know if we can help.

1) Allow time. Effective design requires planning and organization. If you rush through a few steps, you may find yourself making decisions that are not long-lasting or don't give the result you are seeking.

2) Remember to involve nature.  To improve the feel of a room, add plants and flowers.  Texture, natural rugs and pillows, and considering the view will make a space feel comfortable, open, and feel good.

3) Don't buy paint before fabrics and furniture.  Color will always be one of the most important decisions in the designing process. Take pieces of fabric from your space to find the paint that fits the best. You will find it much easier to match the paint to the furniture, than the other way around.

4) Use color well. The color of a room is not solely depicted by the paint on the walls. The shades and tints in the furniture will greatly influence the mood. Add contrasts and compliments in your coloring schemes.

5) Check room dimensions before purchasing furniture. The wrong size furniture takes its toll on rooms. Not only will the scale affect the appearance of a room, it will affect the function more. Be sure that your furniture will fit through the door.

6) Pay attention to acoustics. Regardless of the use, more importantly for spaces used for entertaining and home theater,  don't use a lot of hard surfaces that allow sound waves continue to bounce around. Capture them with carpets, area rugs, fabric window coverings and other soft goods. Hardwood floors are beautiful but require a bit of softness to reduce walking noises.

7) Consider lighting. Lighting makes or breaks a project. It sets the tone for the mood of a room, and in baths and kitchens is paramount for best function.  You don’t want a space to be so bright you feel like you’re in a spotlight, but at the same time too little lighting will cause the room to have a gloomy feel. 

8) Watch over-furnishing.  A room that is overcrowded with coffee tables, couches, footstools, paper baskets or whatever, can cause you to feel cluttered and restless. Be sure to leave plenty of walking space. Stay away from the tendency to fill in all of the empty spaces. Leave some room. It will be much easier for you to relax and kick back. 

9) Mirrors are a key. Using mirrors will make rooms appear much more spacious. The lack of mirrors or windows seems to give the room a boxy feel. Don’t hesitate to hang a decorative mirror or two on your walls. Be creative. You can find many different shapes and sizes of mirrors.They reflect a beautiful space and make a room brighter as it reflects natural and artificial lighting.

10) Hang art at the right levelThe right level is key since images that are too high or low are difficult to view and don't balance a room.  Consider the height and width of a room, the people who live there, and the  furnishings placed in front!