Avoid These Common Home Interior Design Mistakes

Top 4 decorating mistakes and our solutions.

Designing and decorating your home can be a very overwhelming task. If you don't have any design training and don't plan on hiring an interior designer, then you may fall victim to certain common design mistakes.

To help ease the pain, here are some of the most frequent mistakes people make in their homes and tips on how to prevent them. 

1. Scale

One of the biggest and most common mistakes people make in decorating is not understanding scale and proportion. Sometimes, too many small items in a room can cause it to look cluttered and overly busy. Other times, too many large pieces stuffed into one space make it look too small. Instead, try mixing items in different sizes and shapes for more balance. Make sure your coffee table isn't too large in proportion to your sofa, or your art piece isn't too wide above your console table. Pay attention to the overall size of your pieces but also how they will relate to each other. 

2. Color

Choosing the right paint color is also a very important, but commonly made mistake, in home design. Paint color choice is so important because it sets the tone and color scheme for the whole house. It's typically one of the hardest decisions for people to make, partially because of the overwhelming availability of color options. So often I talk to people who feel like they have painted the wrong color but don't want to go through the hassle of repainting the whole house. To make this selection easier, try picking a few colors and painting large samples on multiple walls, then watch the colors change throughout the day. The samples will make your decision easier without the commitment of painting the whole room. 

Remember, it's always better to pick the color in the space it will be in, not at the paint store. 

3. Matching everything

When furniture shopping in store showrooms, it's tempting to simply purchase the entire set of matching furniture and complete the room, but this is another common design mistake. Matching everything in a room or house will result in a home without character, depth or personality. Try to avoid buying all of your furniture and accessories for one room at the same place and time. By mixing styles, materials, woods and shapes, you will make your home more unique and reflect your personal style. 

4. Lighting

Another big design mistake is the lack of proper lighting. A room with one or two light sources is just not enough. It is important to layer your room with levels of different lighting. By doing this you will brighten up your space and make it more welcoming and functional.  Start from the ceiling by having recessed lighting installed on a dimmer, then layer task and accent lighting. Task lighting can come in the form of a reading lamp on an accent or console table. Accent lighting can be a direct light displaying a piece of artwork on the wall. Aim for at least three separate light sources for each room of the house. Also, vary the heights and strengths of your light sources. 

The goal when decorating your home should be to try and make your space reflect your personality while also avoiding common design mistakes. This can be achieved through aiming for proper scale, choosing the correct paint color, picking unique furniture pieces and installing proper lighting.

If you're too overwhelmed, think about hiring a professional interior designer to guide you in the right  direction. This will also help you avoid the mistakes that can be the most costly.