Yikes! 5 Common Interior Design Mistakes to Learn From

Check out our list of common interior design mistakes before starting your next project and spare yourself the painful interior design mistakes!

1.  Ignoring Function

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A well-designed room is great, but if it is dysfunctional and frustrating, it will hardly be worth it. Believe it or not, functionality is often overlooked when planning interior design projects. For example, an entertainment room lacking rugs, window treatments, and other sound absorbing materials, is likely to be a pain. Likewise, a beautiful office lacking good lighting isn’t going to be of much use.

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Furthermore, make sure you’re considering where your guests will sit and move about in your common areas. Will they be able to walk easily throughout the home? Are there plenty of places to set a cup of tea or a snack while watching TV? These are all things you must consider when designing your interiors.

2.  Drab Color Scheme

Another common mistake we see is a poor color scheme or lack of one entirely. While the crisp and clean look is desirable, you need to consider a color scheme to ensure your bright and airy room doesn’t end up looking boring. Adding a color scheme can be rather simple by adding in throw blankets, throw pillows, curtains, and accessories. These are all easily interchangeable and add something interesting to your interiors. While it may be simple, it does take time and planning in order to be successful.

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Look around your room; is there a color you can easily mix in with your current look? Should you get rid of a few items to clear a slate for a new color scheme? From there, decide on a color scheme you want to incorporate. In addition, take photos of your interiors to reference back on while you’re shopping. This can be helpful in visualizing what your new look will be, and help when deciding how to place items throughout the room. Lastly, pay careful attention on placing your color scheme throughout your room, rather than on one shelf or area. A color scheme is meant to tie your room together into one cohesive look.

3.  Too Much In One Place

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One of the most dangerous interior design mistakes you can make is over furnishing and over decorating. Some individuals have so many wonderful collections of furniture, lamps, and accessories that they want to show it all off! While we understand wanting to show off all your beloved items, we encourage you to choose less.

One technique you can try is making a list of all your favorite home items, circle 10 of your favorites, and then choose 5 of your top favorites. From there, make sure to highlight those top 5 items while keeping the rest for another room, another time, or it may even be time to sell them for new items! By choosing less, you’re able to really highlight those favorite items by keeping clutter around them at bay. We know this may be tough at first, but we assure you those favorite items will be noticed a lot more when you’ve cleared some room to let them shine!

4.  Outdated Accessories

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Whether we like it or not, there is a time for getting rid of the old and adding in the new and updating your spaces. Likewise, if you have outdated cabinets, accessories, drapes, and lighting, it’s really going to date your interiors. Many of our clients often overlook the importance of the little details. For example, they paint the walls and get new furniture and accessories, but don’t understand why their interiors don’t look quite right. The reason is often all those little outdated accessories getting in the way. Therefore, the solution is often replacing old lights, and updating curtains, cabinets and hardware.

We understand there’s a time and a budget for everything, but make sure you consider updating those outdated details when you’re trying to re-design. Plus, updating your lights, hinges, and cabinet hardware doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. If you’re willing to spend a little time on it, there are many spectacular spray paints you can purchase and easily update those rusted gold details with a fresh gold, silver, or bronzed copper!

5.  Not Hiring a Professional When Necessary

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As we previously mentioned, there are many simple and affordable ways to update your interiors. However, big or advanced projects often require a professional for the best planning and execution. Or if you’re just not sure where to start, a professional can guide you along to help you avoid these mistakes along with many others. In addition, professionals will help ease the stress and uncertainty of a re-design and can instill confidence in you about your project. To read more about what a professional can provide, check out our blog on Interior Designers!

Send us an email if you’re looking for a little more help on your interior design project. Have you made an interior design mistake we can learn from? Tell us in the comments below!

From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between,

CH Interior Designs-Brenda Weber
937-545-9171

 

 

5 Fresh Farmhouse Accessories to Add to Your Homestead

The farmhouse style has been trending for some time, and we don’t anticipate it going away anytime soon. What’s not to love? This style is all about bright and fresh colors, lots of plants, and cute signage! If you’re looking to add the farmhouse style to your home, then look no further. We have listed out all the accessories you need to get started.

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  1. Farmhouse Lamps and Lighting:

One easy way to begin adding new or additional farmhouse pieces to your home is with lamps and chandeliers! This takes minimal effort and lighting can be found in a variety of price ranges. Furthermore, lamps and chandeliers are a great place to add a lot of personality in the room. For the farmhouse look, you’ll be looking for one of the following:

  • Wood
  • Black metal
  • Glass
  • Ceramic
  • White or cream lampshades

In order to attain the rustic look, wood lamps should not be a shiny and polished color. Rather, they should be flat in color, have texture, or be whitewashed. In addition, rustic glass tends to have wood accents, black wiring/netting, or a print/color that is similar to mason jars. Lastly, for ceramic pieces, you should be sticking to white bases with a simple design.

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  1. Baskets and Bins:

We are firm believers that you cannot have too many baskets and bins. Due to the fact that they are fantastic for hiding your things while keeping your space looking clean and organized. Therefore, for the farmhouse look you need to be on the lookout for these storage accessories:

  • Black Metal Wire Baskets
  • White Wooden Bins
  • White Washed Baskets
  • Wooden bins
  • Wooden crates
  • Totes with farmhouse animal prints
  • Light colored woven baskets

In addition, if you top any of these off with a chalkboard sign, you’ve really succeeded the farmhouse look!

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  1. Galvanized Accessories:

Metal tubs, buckets, pails, and accessories are sure to bring the farmhouse look to your home. However, it’s important to note that galvanized décor adds a very rustic look. Thus, depending on how rustic you want your farmhouse look to be, you will add more or less. For example, some clients prefer a more cottage farmhouse look, which requires more white and wood tones with minimal metal décor. On the other hand, some prefer a more outdoor farmhouse rustic look requiring more galvanized décor. So, whether you’re adding a lot or a little, here are some galvanized items to look for:

  • Clocks (this is a great way to add a lot of rustic appeal with one piece)
  • Tubs
  • Planters
  • Wall Baskets
  • Dining Chairs
  • Mirrors
  • Trays (for kitchen treats or your coffee table!)

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  1. Express Yourself with Signage:

A farmhouse sign paired with galvanized planters and fresh flowers is a match made in heaven. First of all, when it comes to farmhouse signage, the sky seems to be the limit. From bold words to a favorite quote, there are many options to choose from. Farmhouse signage tends to be black, white, or gray with a wooden frame. Furthermore, they should have a clean and fresh appeal that brightens up a room. In contrast, any signs with bright colors or busy patterns are harder to design around and will stray from the simplicity that is farmhouse style. Here are a few examples of signs to look for:

  • Big bold Lettering (BATH, LAUNDRY, FAMILY, MARKET)
  • A quote or phrase in pretty scripted lettering (blessed, our nest, happiness is homemade)
  • Farmhouse Phrases (freshly baked pies, fresh eggs, farm fresh dairy)

From big to small, you can find farmhouse signs in all shapes and sizes. Also, signs aren’t just for hanging. You can also place small wooden or metal signs to accent shelves and end tables to complete the look.

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  1. Freshly Picked Florals:

A farmhouse style isn’t complete without some flowers or wreaths. Likewise, to achieve the fresh and simple farmhouse style you should stick to florals and plants such as:

  • Cotton
  • Large white flowers
  • Ferns
  • Sage
  • Olive Branches
  • Ficus
  • Boxwood Topiary

Place any of these in planters such as a wire basket, reclaimed wood box, galvanized vases, or as a wreath. Flowers bring the fresh outdoors to your interiors, and farmhouses simply aren’t complete without them!

These 5 accessories are sure to bring the farmhouse style to your interiors! Remember, this style is all about simplicity and keeping things organic. Also, mixing and matching these accessories is essential to achieve the farmhouse look. However, if you’re not sure where to start, try finding an accessory from each of lists above and build your farmhouse style from there! If you’re feeling uncertain or would like additional help, simply contact us! Our experienced interior designer, Brenda Weber, will be happy to work with you and achieve your desired look.

Do you have a favorite farmhouse accessory? Let us know in the comments below!

From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between,

CH Interior Designs-Brenda Weber
937-545-9171