10 Things to Avoid While Designing Your Home

Little things can make huge differences to a room. What looks good and what doesn't are important while planning and designing a space. Below are few things to consider when designing a house.

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1. Don't Overdo It##

Make sure there's sufficient space to move the furniture around

People often dream of having a perfect and comfortable room. However, instead of achieving this, they end up living in a place which looks nothing more than a dumping ground. Your furniture ought to radiate a positive energy while being functional as well as appealing.

You ought to be sure that the place you are designing isn't too cramped and you have the freedom to move around smoothly. In certain cases, the problem might lie in the placement of furnishings.

2. Don't Add Something that Doesn't Match##

Balance your furniture evenly

For example, consider having furniture which is relatively short in size, it would give your room a look of a dollhouse, which of course isn't desirable. Similarly, a room with overly large furniture will give a feeling of being cramped and unbalanced.

Therefore, if you are planning on interior designing, be sure to measure the size of all the furniture you intend to place in that room. Once done, fix on the items which complement it rather than making it seem all crowded.

3. Remain Clutter Free##

Do ensure that your home remains clutter free

Don't try and over accessorize your room. You ought to maintain a smooth flow within the space and, at the same time, ought to have a sense of balance between accessories and furniture. De-clutter by simply following these three steps; dividing the overall items into three parts.

    1. Items which are necessary
    2. Items which are important
    3. Items which are not so important

Keep removing all items listed in the third group and repeat this process till you achieve a well-balanced home.

4. Lighting is Primary##

One of the most important elements in interior design is lighting. Each space ought to be sufficiently illuminated. Avoid blocking any source of natural light entering your house and remove unnecessary drapes and curtains.

Remember to keep your home well illuminated

Include mirrors in your room and place them directly beneath the source of light allowing more light into the room. Try adding more than one source of light for better illumination. Remember to add dimmers to the ceiling and overhead light.

5. Paint First, Buy Furniture Later##

Choosing furniture before painting a room is a mistake that one should avoid. Purchasing furniture that matches your wall color is easier compared to the reverse.

Painting is a great way to add a fresh look to your home
Try various shades before finalizing. Leave a paint swatch on the wall for 24 hours before zeroing down on the best shade and take these samples along with you to the paint store.

6. Do Keep Your Budget in Mind##

Take some time to fix on the interior design cost

Don't start spending money right away. Take some time to fix on the interior design cost. Figure out a budget and then stick to it at any cost. Focus on items which you can afford at the moment since one definitely cannot buy everything at once. A well-designed space will take sufficient time to be built. Check out Morningchores' blog on how to build your home in 10 steps to get to your dream home sooner than ever.

7. Include Variations##

Keep multiple variations of interior designs and pick on one

If you liked some wall hanging in a particular shop, it doesn't mean that you have to buy every other decor item from the same place. You ought to try out different stores as well and include a variety in your interior design.

Not everything in your room has to match, and if you are planning on duplicating the design which you saw in some magazine, the chances are that after all these efforts, it might still not look similar.

8. Don't Cover or Hide Windows##

One of the most common mistakes while designing a room is hanging curtain rods, too low. Place these bars as close to the ceiling as possible or else the room will look smaller and the ceiling, lower. If the proportions are not maintained, then your windows will appear small, blocking the path of sunlight.

Ensure that the curtain rods are placed as close as possible to the ceiling

9. Don't Push Your Furniture Against the Wall##

Pressing all available furniture against the wall is a common mistake that most people make while decorating their interiors. It is advisable to get the sofa, chairs, and other furnishings grouped together that will help create a flow and allow people to move freely in-between and around them.

Place the furniture a bit away from the wall

We don't recommend complete refraining from pressing your furniture against the wall; just don't push all of it. Try to maintain a level of proportion and comfort that will create a cozy ambiance.

10. Have a Focal Point##

A focal point gives you a sense of direction and order. Try focusing on a large bay window, fireplace or a big painting that would catch any visitor's eye, as soon as they enter the room. Make your room look more balanced and organized as possible. There could be more than one focal point in a room.

Do you have other ideas on what to know before building a house? Share them in the comment section below.

Mayank Tripathi

Mayank, an Engineer by profession and blogger by passion, is a die-hard fan of football and has keen interests in technology, automobiles, sports and is an avid follower of American TV shows.

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