My Top Seven Design Gripes

The way your home is designed tells a lot about your personality, taste and lifestyle. That is why a nicely designed home is so important. To achieve that perfect interior, avoid these messed up interior design mistakes:


Designing without a cohesive concept

As an interior designer, I do put in a lot of effort to research a design style my clients ask for. Once I have a series of ideas and concepts I start to edit, edit and then edit further to achieve the core design essence. For a seamless look, you can then add elements to reflect your personality and style. Do note that some styles need commitment that you might not want to make, so research first before you start designing.


Not adding a sensory experience

Adding texture and luster to the room will add dimension and an element of surprise. Layering of furniture and accessories are key to make the space look and feel comfortable. Don’t forget to put in something fun, or whacky. It adds to the overall experience!

In my showroom, I added a moose head wall light in the bathroom area– it make smile every time I see him!


Poor lighting

Your mood changes in different settings and lighting needs to accommodate the purpose and function of each area. Lighting helps to create these various moods. My contractor refers to some of my light plans as “twinkle twinkle little star”, but is essential to create a play on light and shadow. A single ceiling light does nothing for your design scheme – and daylight lights definitely won’t get you in the mood!


Not adding a proper focal point

Most interiors focus on where the TV is placed and then this becomes automatic the focal point of the room. Often the furniture is then placed around the TV and pushed against the wall. Listen up people! Your TV does not have to be the focal point of the room. Think of other elements that can be your focal point – your dining room with a wonderful lamp, a reading nook with an accent table.. Sometimes architectural elements can be a great focal point – like a pillar or a beam.


Working on a wrong scale

People think that small spaces needs small furniture, but that will just emphasize the size of the room. It will become a tiny apartment with teeny weeny furniture. You are better off placing lesser items on a normal scale.


Go crazy with the paint colours

Enough said… rule of thumb, two colours that complement each other is more than enough. If you are adding a feature wall in a different texture, keep the rest of the walls neutral. I normally keep the 60/30/10 rule. 60% of the walls in a neutral tone (think texture vs colour), 30% feature wall (again, think of a  different texture, pattern or colour) and 10% for that “pop” of colour. You are better off adding a red area rug or red throw pillows versus painting a feature wall red.


Forgetting about heritage and tradition

Heirlooms and heritage items not only add character and interest, it helps to tell a story. It will give you a good feeling when you have these items surround you. Don’t limit yourself to built in pieces that a carpenter can do for you, add some personality and style with loose pieces of furniture. They are often great conversation pieces too. I have display items from my grandmother, my parents and things I picked up along the way. Creating an interior is a life’s work and your home will then reflect your journey in life.

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