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Don’t Make These Interior Design Mistakes

Things To Be Careful About When Giving Your Home A Makeover

Designing your own home? Then don’t make these amateur mistakes that literally everyone does! People often get excited and purchase items for their houses on a whim without first planning whether it will go well with their house. That doesn’t mean that particular item doesn’t look good on its own – it probably does, just that it doesn’t mean they always fit every house design.

The color scheme, furniture, and layout all play a part in determining how a new item will look in your house, whether it will enhance your design or stick out like a sore thumb. Learn how to avoid these common mistakes so you don’t burn a hole in your pocket. At Cutler, professional interior designers can help you make great design choices.

1. Careful Budgeting

Needless to say, it’s wiser to create a detailed budget plan before you start buying and decorating. This is to avoid buying items that you think you might love at first but fall out of love with when you place it in your home, or to avoid having no more money to buy the other essential items you need in your house.

2. Scale

One thing that many amateurs don’t know when designing their homes is the importance of scale. Interior designers usually incorporate different heights in a house, just like a city landscape. Having different heights of your furniture, lighting, and accessories can add dimension to your house instead of having everything at the same height, which could result in a plain look.

Having everything in the same height, or size even, can make your house look really cluttered and there is no focus in your design. So the trick here is to really vary the sizes of the pieces that you put in a room. If you do not have a keen eye for scale, then maybe getting a professional interior designer would help, since not everyone has a knack for eyeing scales.

So in addition to the budget, you need a clear measured floor plan on where you wish to place your furniture before heading out to buy them. There are many free online features that can help you design a floor plan.

3. Have a Source of Help

Interior design is no easy feat, and without professional help, there are bound to be mistakes made. Having only one pair of eyes is not enough to pick out the mistakes you should avoid, because we all miss things. So, having a separate pair of eyes to help judge your decisions can help you avoid making mistakes in designing your home.

You can go to a friend for help, because he or she may know your taste well. If you have the budget to do so, get a professional designer to help in certain areas. There are designers who charge by the hour, so you don’t have to get an interior designer to plan out everything because that could be unnecessarily costly.

Interior designers are trained to come up with tricks and can really elevate the look of your home. However, if you do not agree with their choices, you don’t have to absolutely take them up. This is your own home after all, and you want to like what you get because you’re going to be living in it for a long time.

4. Art Pieces

Art pieces can really elevate the look of your home and make it personalized. Bare walls cannot compare to a wall full of art pieces, whether they are expensive rare paintings or your 5-year-old child’s first drawing. The tricky thing here, however, is how to hang them properly.

Firstly, you should trace the frames and cut them out to paste them on your wall. This helps to ensure that where you place your painting is exactly where you want it, and it also gives you room to plan how you want to arrange your paintings before committing to a certain arrangement from the get-go. This way you can have the freedom to really play around with the arrangements while keeping in mind the importance of scales as aforementioned.

5. Fabrics and Textiles

Many people think that in interior design, you should start by deciding on the color and painting your walls. The next step would be matching your furniture to that color scheme. However, this common mistake will result in an awkward situation because it is much harder to find fabrics you love to match the colors you already have on your walls.

Instead, it is much easier to choose what kinds of fabrics and textiles you want in your house, then find colors that can match it. Fabrics are much harder to choose, so get this part done first. Since you already have your budget and floor plan and a list of furniture, you can start looking at the fabrics you want for your carpets, pillowcases, and more. So the general rule of thumb here is to paint your walls last.

6. Accessories

When it comes to accessories, it’s important where you place them. Many of us think that it doesn’t really matter where and how you place them since they’re small. However small they are, they could affect the whole look of your house significantly before you know it.

Instead of placing them all over your house, place them in groups of three to look more organized. You don’t have to separate them because this will look messy and disorganized, especially if your accessories come in different shapes and sizes.

7. Focal Point

Focal points are important because it gives your eyes a place to rest and makes your rooms look more put-together. If your room is bigger, you can have more than one focal point. But the point is, just like the previous point, is to arrange them such that there are purpose and meaning to where your items and furniture are placed instead of scattering them around.

Having a focal point does not have to be complicated. For example, your living room’s focal point is the television, and the rest of the furniture in the room can be arranged in a way such that it points towards the television.

Other rooms may be a little harder to decide on when it comes to a focal point. It’s up to you to decide and whether the focal point supports the purpose of the room. Once you have that focal point, you can start arranging the rest of your furniture.

8. Discard What You Dislike

When decorating your own home, this is the chance for you to discard what you don’t wish to keep. You can either donate it, give it away to a relative or redecorate that item to fit your newly furnished house.

9. Add Your Own Touch

It might be really tempting to buy a house with an already furnished look because they have already been color-coded and matched. This will make your house no different from those in showrooms because there is nothing that speaks of who you are.

There can be many ways to add your own touch to your house, and it could even take years to do so. Fill your house up with the memories made with pictures. Don’t be afraid to add accessories you like even though you’ve never seen such a combination elsewhere before because that is what makes your home, your home.


All in all, make your house a unique and comfortable one that you yourself want to live in, and don’t make the same rookie mistakes!

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