It is said about interior design that you have to learn its rules and know all the basics in order to later choose to ignore them in your arrangements.
Despite this belief, true in the end, there are some rules that you should not, you can not and do not want to violate.
Just as a beautiful woman does not wear crocs to a precious evening dress, so you must know that as an interior design enthusiast to avoid the 8 mistakes from the list below.
1. Door with the wrong opening:
Although technically it is more about the functionality of the space than the interior design, when you buy doors for your space you must know how to make the opening on the right side. (I don’t insist much on the fact that the door opens to the room you enter, where possible, because I want to believe it’s a principle already known, at least by the professionals who come to advise you.)
The mistake I’m referring to today is another one: the main idea is that when you open the door of a room, for example a bedroom, the room must “open” in front of your eyes. If your door is close to the corner of the room, do not open it towards the corner, because then the access is made in a corner, from where only after closing the door your room is revealed. (picture 1)
Also, never never open a door over another door. If you buy an apartment with this situation, you find in 99% of situations a variant in which you can move one of the doors. Avoid this situation as much as possible, which denotes poor quality architecture from a post office.
2. Cladding with exposed brick, too apparent:
I know that not every apartment or house has a spectacular brick wall that we can use in our projects. So in recent years, because technology allows us, we use the apparent “fake” brick and try to restore the warmth of a natural brick wall. Nothing wrong so far, but the problem is when we leave apparent the edges of this portion of brick, where it is clear that this brick is glued / fake / imitation. It is ideal to cover a complete wall, from one end to the other, but sometimes there is no budget to make a whole brick wall, I understand that, in this case solutions must be found so as not to reveal to any curious visitor that it is just glued brick, it looks like I really “dug” into the wall to find the brick – see solution to one of my projects in the image below.
3. Different undertones:
Although an expert can make the game of warm and cold undertones easily, I do not even recommend a beginner to try. Choose the warm or cold undertone of a room and build from there, respecting the same undertone both for finishes and for furniture and accessories – example in the image below. Warm undertones used successfully in the image on the left and cold undertones, used just as successfully in the image on the right.
4. Curtain gallery installed too low:
I think it is one of the easiest to follow in interior design tips and yet it is still a very common mistake. Curtains are a vertical element in an arrangement, which lead the eye to the ceiling and also gives height to the room through this process. When you install the gallery at a great distance from the ceiling, the subconscious perception of the brain is that the space is less high, for the subconscious, in this situation, the height of the room is given by the position of the gallery. Install the gallery at 10, maximum 20 cm from the ceiling, or, if the style of the arrangement allows it, give up the curtains altogether. (shocking, I know) Another mistake in the curtain gallery is not to provide enough space to store the curtains and draperies on the side of the windows. – notice the differences in the images below.
5. Paintings mounted too high:
The art mounted too high is like a movie character with an extremely unsuccessful wig, it’s hard not to notice the mistake and you want to put your hand down, because the space would most likely look more good without. It doesn’t spoil the whole experience of a new space, but it distracts you in an unhappy way. The pieces of art belong to the same category, too far apart, be they paintings, sculptures or something else. I do not give here distances in exact centimeters, because they differ slightly from case to case, but I attach some explanatory images.
6. The luminaire mounted too high:
And here I mean the lighting for the dining area, where we also have the exact size, it must be mounted at a height above the table between 75 and 105 cm.
7. Too much or too little:
There are two extreme situations in interior design: the first involves too much color, prints, textures and one, diametrically opposite, with too little of each. Let’s avoid both situations as much as possible, I encourage you. 🙂
8. Too many objects:
The surfaces as free as possible of objects caress our brain, so you tend to an interior as free as possible of small additional objects that inevitably gather once the years pass. Make it a habit to critically study the area at least once a few months, and give up objects that have appeared in the meantime but are not necessarily needed. I do not enter the subject of small children in the house where it is full of toys, I know, in that situation it is a bit impossible, but there the children will enjoy not the arrangement, for a few years until they get rid of the toys. :))
I could also name the article “how can you easily irritate any designer who steps on your doorstep”:)) …. in other words, I hope it was useful and that you will avoid these beginner blunders in the next spaces where you will live. Any other mistakes you notice, I am waiting for them in the comments, and if you have any questions, I will answer you with the greatest pleasure.
Design life. To the fullest!