7 Costly Home Design Mistakes You Should Avoid

Everyone wants their home to be beautiful and perfect. For that, we sometimes go for renovation and at other times we just change the décor and soft furnishings to get a completely new look. A few small tweaks done correctly to your space is enough to make all the difference. If you are aware of what to do and what things to avoid then you can transpire a cramped and chaotic space into one that is organised and tranquil. The basic aim of home designing is to create a sense of order and balance and make the space look beautiful, calm and serene.

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Here’s a list of seven costly home designing mistakes that you should avoid at any cost if you want to have a peaceful stay in your home.

  1. The very first and important mistake people make is to over-furnish the room with furniture and accessories, making manoeuvring difficult. Furnishing gives life to space, but over furnishing, on the other hand, makes a well-planned and thought-out space turn into a dumping ground. Even if the accessories are pieces of art, too many in the same space make it feel cramped with each piece shouting to garner some attention. Furniture and accessories should be well-placed, appealing and functional. There should be a balance, which helps in creating movement and flow.
  2. The next costly mistake that can be made is buying furniture that is not appropriate for the space. If furniture is too small then it will make the room look unbalanced and awkward and similarly if it is too large it will look cramped and thus unbalanced. So, before making any furniture purchase, make sure it fits the room where you want to put it and then buy accordingly.
  3. Sometimes, we get over attached with all that we display in our homes and never find the courage to throw out things that we should. This habit of being a clutter-bug ruins the sense of order balance, calm, flow and movement, which are the prerequisites to any well-decorated space. Even getting too many artistic things and displaying all at once will make your space look like museum or an art shop. So, carefully sort out things and keep discarding those that you can do without or are worn out. If you don’t want to discard, keep them in store and display them in turns.
  4. Lighting has always been an important element of design and you can create various effects using it correctly. The best lighting is the natural one and you should never block its access. If you don’t get enough of natural lighting and for night time, add some artificial ones. The ideal lighting will be the one, which is bright enough to function under but not so bright that it is jarring. You can add some scones and side lamps to get the desired effect. Few dimmers should be added to the ceiling and overhead lighting.
  5. The paint colours you pick changes the mood and the aura of the room. You should be extremely careful while picking shades that suit your temperament. Get test vials first and try them out by colouring a patch at home. Leave the shades on walls for 24 hours before finalising on it. Again, match the upholstery and the soft furnishings once you have decided the colour palette. Otherwise, the total effect will look horrible and you will end up wasting huge amounts of money.
  6. Budgeting is always very crucial. Making one and sticking with it is really important. Also, you have to keep in mind that a well-decorated space cannot be built in a day. It needs patience and has to be curated over time. So, have a solid plan ready and go slowly keeping yourself within your budget to decorate your space. Also, don’t source all your stuff from the same store. It will make space look very monotonous. Space is a reflection of your personality and it will be best showcased only when you fill it with things that complement your personality and that too in an artistic manner.
  7. Placing of furniture and hanging of curtain rods also needs a suggestion. Curtain rods should be hung as close to the ceiling as possible to create a sense of height and largess. If you place rods lower, the ceiling will feel low. Also, never place the furniture against the walls. Always leave some space between the walls and the furniture to give a feel of vastness.

Home is a place that needs to rejuvenate you after a day’s hard work. It should not be giving you mental stress by seeing that you wasted so much money and the effect is nowhere close to what you expected. All the above explained tips will help you in avoiding mistakes, which at times can cause financial losses and mental distress.

Manmeet Singh

I currently hold the editor-level position with DesigningTips.com and Founder as well. With a group of online & offline companies under the Soofi Group in my kitty, writing for the design genre was an interesting support to DesigningTips.com. In my opinion, everyone has their taste for design, plus the scope of writing is wide and thus the contribution I make here through words would encourage me to explore this section aptly.

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