Design fever is an actual thing, and when you get bitten by this bug, you go all out. But when it comes to making final choices on any matter, you must always curb your impulse and think later because chances are that you might be on the road to making some newbie mistakes. However, you do not have to worry, we’ve all been there and done that. Therefore, to guide you right, today we’ve compiled a list of 5 interior design mistakes that all beginners make and how you can avoid them.
1. Misunderstanding the mismatched
Whenever a designer thinks of adding a mismatched object in a space for contrast, they have years of experience in their corner to back it up. However, newbie homeowners always tend to go all-out with the mismatched aesthetic and as a result, their output might not end up looking as good. Take a look at the rustic wooden media wall against the backdrop of exposed white brick – classy, right? But had it been any other material, the look would never have been the same.
2. Mismanaged scale
Oversized and undersized furniture and accessories are there for some very specific reasons. One common mistake that all newbies make is that they use the wrong sized objects to complement their space. Therefore, the thing to remember here is, if your space is small then go with low-height or undersized furniture, but if you’re working with a sizeable space, then oversized furniture can make a nice statement.
3. In-built vs. prefabs
During any renovation, most homeowners always focus on going for everything new, and that may end up racking a giant bill that may bust your budget at the end. In such cases, you must always consider the pros and cons of going for in-built vs. prefab designs. Only after you’ve thoroughly discussed all options should you make a choice, or you’ll end up causing yourself an inordinate amount of hassle.
4. Utilizing small spaces
We all know that tackling Singapore’s space shortage can be quite challenging. Therefore, when you end up refurbishing a room that’s too small to carry all your grandiose ideas, it’s time to call in the big guns and consult your designers for how to make the most of a space with compact furniture in an affordable way.
5. Fabrics first!
And lastly, you need to pick all of your fabrics and textile beforehand. If you select a paint color first, you’re going to find it extremely hard to find nice contrasting features. But if you already have a curtain fabric, a rug and wallpaper pre-selected, you’ll find it easier to select a paint color.