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Design Mistakes I Wish I Knew About Before Starting My Design Journey

When I first started taking an interest in Interior Design I would experiment in my own home, constantly changing my wall colours, my decor style, and furniture pieces. Along the way, I made many mistakes, but I learned a lot! In this post I will walk through all the design mistakes I wish I knew before starting my design journey!


Not Having a Plan

When I first started designing my home I went in without a plan. I didn't have a cohesive theme in mind. This resulted in mixed-matched decor, clunky floor plans, and odd wall colours. To avoid this mistake try creating a mood board! Decide what design styles inspire you, what your budget will be, how you would like to layout your furniture, and what is the main purpose of your space. Putting all your thoughts and inspiration into one place will make it easier to refer to while you're designing. Fewer mistakes mean less money needs to be spent fixing them!



Thinking Everything Has to Match

When I say not everything has to match that doesn't mean you can't have matching elements in your space. What I mean is matching your wall colours to all your decor. Or using all the same materials in your space. This will create a cluttered and stuffy feeling. If you want matching elements try using the main colour and then branching out from there, find other colours that compliment the main one. Or if you want wood to be your main material try adding wood in unique ways like fun decor pieces instead of all wood furniture.


Using the Wrong Size Area Rug

Area rugs help pull a space together, they are the anchor of the room. Choosing the correct size can make a huge difference in the look and feel of the space. If your rug is too small it will seem as though it is floating and make your furniture seem disproportionate. If your rug is too large it can make the room look smaller than is it. As a rule of thumb, living room rugs should be big enough to fit the front two legs of all the furniture surrounding them. In your dining room, your dining chairs should be able to be pulled out from the table and still have all four legs on the rug. Bedroom rugs need to have two feet of space from the sides of the bed to the edge of the rug.


Only One Light Source

Often lighting is the last thing people think of when designing a space. Sticking with only one main light source will leave your space dimly lit and difficult to perform tasks the room was designed for. Try to include ambient lighting ( your main light source), task lighting ( wall or table lamps that aid in performing specific activities), and accent lighting ( used to highlight art or decor pieces). Layering light sources will give your the correct amount of lighting to use the space properly. It will also help open your room up at night. Don't forget the importance of natural light either!



Thank You

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and these tips help your design journey! As always if you like reading please share on your socials. If you have suggestions for future posts leave a comment down below! To see more content from me click either of the buttons.

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