Top 10 Interior Styling Mistakes To Avoid

 I’m pretty excited about this because if you print this out and keep it in your handy dandy notebook, it will definitely come in hand when you begin to design a space. This morning I want to talk everyone about the TOP most common mistakes to avoid when styling a space. After design school and lots of experience (the good and the bad) I have always had these “Set of Rules” in my head when I came across designing a space. These simple tricks can really help you out when you’re first starting out being an Interior Designer!

  1. Over Accessorizing Every Accessory. TRUST ME I had to learn the hard way in design school with my professors always waving their finger in my face, about having way to many accessories on my design board. I get it, because I absolutely love that look so I saved that for my own home. BUT when designing your clients space keep it simple and understand less is more. There is a fine line between a well professionally designed space and a space that is cluttered. Even though those things may pretty and unique, it’s not the point. Instead I would use a large statement piece such as a sculpture, vase, artwork..etc and work my way around that.
  2. The Fake Plants. I don’t really know a way to beat around the bush about using fake plants… so I won’t. Don’t do it. It reminds me of the time when baby blue carpet was a thing, and everyone wanted popcorn ceilings. In a professionally designed space fake greenery will make it look tacky. No if, ands, or buts about it. What is an exception for that is natural elements such as branches, natural vase fillers, or boxwood. If you like to add in a couple of flowers for say a centerpiece on a table or window seal then I would recommend using the plastic ones. Stay away from fake grape vines… aka dust collector galore.
  3. Lack of Design Concept. You want to always put your clients wants and needs before yours. What I mean by that is yes every single designer has a signature style. You will notice that in the portfolio you request to see before you hire them. As a designer you should design the space to your liking but don’t forget that the client WILL have pieces of furniture that will NOT go with the design, but they will absolutely refuse to get rid it because it’s their husbands mother, who was great grandmother and so on… Having a model home or a show room is super ideal for designers but we can’t get our way all the time. The home needs to breathe and have personal touches on it.
  4. Empty Space Under Consoles or Bookshelves. This may seem minor or more specific than the others on this list, but it is one of the most commonly un-dressed spaces. Trust me it will look unfinished and it won’t bring the design together. Tuck a basket under the console table for a quick fix. Those always seem to come in handy and leave the space looking organized and adding a bit of character. If you have more of a contemporary look add a glass sculpture or vase. Yes some of you are probably wondering about picture frames… I don’t know who gets on there hands and knees to look at a picture but that’s just me.
  5. Matching Everything. Your client hired you because they wanted something unique and they wanted their home to stand out! Matching furniture looks like you walked into your local furniture store and took the set right off the floor. Simple as 123 but that does not create a unique space, or depth. It does not create design. I will tell you what it creates and that is BORING!  I do understand a tailored, and matching look but there are designs put together for that. This goes for accessories as well. Picture frames are the biggest one, don’t use all black simple frames. Create character by yes doing all black but ones that are skinny, ornate, round, square! That will give you a designer space!
  6. Spreading Out. Everyone has something they love to collect. Whether it be dishes, china, vases, candles…etc its always something, someone has a lot of. The key that I have learned is to not spread out these items all over the house but to constrict them to one room/space for a bigger wow factor and impact!
  7. Grouping Objects in Even Numbers. It is better to place objects in odd number groupings, like 1, 3, or 5. Groupings of 3 objects with varying heights always works when you have those objects in 3 different heights.
  8. Making Everything the Same Height.To create interest you need to vary the height of things grouped together.  If you are grouping things in threes, as suggested above, make sure they are three different heights. This goes for furniture as well. To be specific in a bedroom you don’t want all tall dressers because it would make the room feel extremely small and your eye would be traveling to the ceiling as soon as you walked in the room. The key is to have a tall dresser, a low rectangular dresser and depending on what bed you have, lower nightstands. Could you imagine if everything was as tall as the tallest dresser? You wouldn’t be able to see anything!
  9. Ignoring the Rule of Thirds. The rule of thirds is commonly used in photography and art to describe the best place for the subject.  Draw imaginary lines on a picture vertically at 1/3 and 2/3, and horizontally at 1/3 and 2/3.  Compositions with the subject placed on those lines, especially at the intersection of those lines, are the most interesting.  The same rule can be applied when looking at a vignette in your home.  Instead of placing an arrangement in the center of the shelf, try placing it 1/3 of the way in from the edge.  It is more pleasing to the eye.
  10. Everything one shape. You don’t ever really think about it when you’re looking at a magazine spread of a newly designed space but next time take this into consideration. If you have square end tables beside your sofa, use a round coffee table. If you have round end tables beside your sofa, use a square of rectangular coffee table. Always break up the space with shape. It gives the space more depth and nothing completes a design like the look of depth.
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