Common Mistakes of Design

1. Hanging Art Too High: The center of the art should be 60” to 66” in most cases. While this is a general rule of thumb, the art should connect with the other pieces in the room. Low modern furnishings may require the art to be lower. Art can also be displayed on easels to give wonderful dimensional interest. The orientation of the art may also dictate the hanging height.

2. Design that does not reflect the occupants. A design should reflect the style of the people who live or work there, however function needs to be the main consideration. Access and safety will allow ease of use. (Form and Function)

3. Makeover doesn’t mean start-over. Work with items that you like to inspire the new design. Design is an evolution and should reflect the growth and development of occupants.

4. Picking paint color before the large upholstery. Paint comes in many hues, shades, and saturations whereas upholstery may have limited options. Pulling colors from a patterned fabric can be a great second step to creating a cohesive design.

5. Not every wall needs art or adornment. Having the proper amount of negative space adds focus to the feature pieces.

6. Quantity before quality can be a costly mistake. While you achieve instant gratification many times, you will spend more to achieve the design you truly desire. Great focal points are better than clutter.

7. Lighting: Each room needs to have adequate lighting. There are 4 different types of lighting; Ambient, Task, Accent, and Decorative. Ambient lighting is the general overhead lighting that helps to navigate the space. Task lighting is spot specific meant to illuminate localized area for reading or crafting etc. Accent lighting highlights specific focal points in a room. Decorative lighting is lighting that isn’t really functional however creates atmosphere such as candles. All rooms should have the four types of lighting.

8. Overinvesting for the market. While kitchens and baths tend to sell the home, over-renovation will minimize your return. Keep the design practical for the area in which you live. Start a home renovation with a budget and written plan in mind which can keep you on track as the project progresses.

9. Lining walls with furniture. A room actually feels larger when the furnishings do not touch the walls. Creating intimate conversation areas make use of the valued square footage. If you create a hallway people will tend to pass through it.

10. Displaying all your heirlooms and collectables can create a clutter and stagnant design. Keep things fresh by changing out your collection. Having a single area to store the overflow; it may be inspiring when you need a change.