It is said about the interior design that you have to learn the rules and know all the secrets so you can later choose to ignore them in your designs. Despite this belief, that’s actually true, there are a few rules you can not and do not want to ignore them. Just as a beautiful woman does not wear crocs at a precious evening dress, you must know, as a passionate interior designer to avoid the 8 mistakes in the list below. Let’s begin:
1. Wrong opening of the door:
Although it’s technically part of the space functionality than the interior design, when you buy doors for your space, you need to know where the right side of the oppening is. (I do not insist much on the fact that the door opens into the room you walk in, whenever possible, because i want to believe it is a principle already known, at least by the professionals who come to advise you).
The mistake I am referring to today is another one: the main idea is that when you open the door of a room, for example a bedroom, you have to “open” the room in front of your eyes. If your door is close to the corner of the room, you do not open it in the direction of the corner, because in this case you acces the small corner, and just after closing the door the rest of the room will be revealed to you.
Also, another very important principle, you never open a door over another door. If you buy an apartment in which this case is present, in 99% of the situations you can move one of the doors. Avoid as much as possible this because it reveals poor quality architecture.
2. Apparent brick, too obvious:
I know that not every apartment or house has a spectacular brick wall that we can use in our projects. In the last few years, because the technology allows us, we use “fake” brick to imitate the warmth of a natural brick wall. Nothing wrong here, but the problem is when we leave the edges of this piece of brick apparent, where you can clearly see that the brick is glued/fake/imitation.
It is ideal to do a full wall, but where the budget does not allow that, we must find a solution so the visitor can’t see that the brick is only glued. For example, in one of my projects it seems like we “dug” into the wall to expose the brick – image below.
3. Different undertones:
Although an expert can make different undertones work, i would never recomment a beginner to even try. Choose the undertone of the room first, and then build from there, finishes, furniture and accesories with the same undertone. Warm undertones are succesfully used in the left image, while the right image using equally succesfull, this time cold undertones in the interior design.
4. The curtain gallery installed too low:
It may be one of the easiest advice to follow in interior design, and yet, it is a very common mistake.
Curtains are a vertical element in a space, that drives the eye toward the ceiling, and also through this process it gives height to a room.
when installing the gallery at a great distance from the ceiling, the subconscious perception of the brain is that the space is less tall, in this case, the height of the room is given by the position of the gallery.
Install the gallery at 10, maximum 20 cm from the ceiling (4 max 8 inches), or, if the style of the room allows you, drop the curtains. (shocking, i know)
Another mistake in the curtain gallery is not having enough space to store the curtains on the sides of the windows. – observe the differences in the images below
5. Art mounted too high:
When the art is mounted badly it is like a movie character with an extremely unsuccesful wig. It’s really hard not to notice the mistake, and you want to take it down, because the space would most likely look better without, because they distract you in a very unhappy way.
From the same category are also other pieces of art, too distant from each other, whether paintings, sculptures, photoart or anything else.
Here the distances differs slightly in every case, but I attach some explanatory pictures.
6. Lighting unit mounted too high:
Here, I wanna especially mention the dinning light fixture, where we have the exact correct height it must be mounted above the table: between 30 and 40 inches.
7. Too much or none
There are two extreme situations in interior design: the first involves too many colours, patterns, textures, prints, and one, diametrically opposed, with almost none of each. I encourage you to be aware of both situations as much as possible.
The surfaces of our furniture should be as free as possible, because this kind of order calms the brain. You should tend towards an interior as free of objects as possible of small additional objects, that appear once the years pass.
Make it a habit to critically study once every few months, and get rid of all the unecessary objects.
I could have named the article “how can you easily irritate any designer who comes to your house” :))…
I hope it is a useful article and that you will keep in mind these beginners mistakes in the following spaces in which you will live.
Leave any other mistakes you have seen in the comments. Also, if you have any questions, i will answear them with pleasure.
Design life. To the fullest!