Common Mistakes To Avoid When Designing A New Home Or Remodeling An Existing Home

Author: Design Focus | | Categories: Home Interior Designer , Interior Design Firm , Kitchen Interior Design , Lighting Design , Remodel Designer


We work on designing and remodeling various aspects of a house. However, the process was getting too challenging though the pandemic because people were not open to working with people in person because there were chances that they could catch the Coronavirus. However, on the flip side, they found that they were spending a lot of time at home, and they wanted to make some changes around the house.

We work with various clients on the processes for a new home and office construction design and renovation. We work with our clients to understand their needs and provide them assistance with the execution. Other than just the renovation, we also assist with changes like adding furniture that matches the rest of the house and the other rooms. We would connect our clients with Custom Interior Architectural Detailing and Cabinetry Designs. Sometimes when clients struggle to understand what the end product looks like, we create 3D renders to understand them better.

Through the process, we learned that there were a lot of challenges that people were going through. Many of them did not want to work with an interior designer before making changes, and they would face some issues and have to make some significant changes to the process so they could rectify them. We created a list so people can refer and find the most common mistakes they make, especially if they are reworking the house, so they avoid them and save time and money. 

1. Choosing multiple styles of design and architecture
We all love multiple styles of design and architecture. Don’t make the mistake of trying to combine all the styles you love in one home. Allow your architect and designer to guide you to keep consistent with your architectural style. Your home will remain beautiful and timeless for far longer. Some styles complement each other, and those could work well if they add in two rooms that are separated but overall, not only the design of the room but the furniture and other elements should match each other.

2. Falling for the latest trends
It is easy to become enamored with the trendy style and color, currently trending when designing your home. However, this is a common mistake that you should avoid, so people don’t walk into your home years later and say, “Oh, yes, this home was built during the modern farmhouse trend, I loved that style…” or the industrial trend, or... You may choose to embrace some elements of a style, but do attempt to select those that are most timeless so your home will be “in style” always able to transcend these momentary trends. By not fully embracing the latest trends, by incorporating more classic, rather than trendy shapes and colors in tile and stone, and using the current colors and trends only in moveable, changeable accents of art, pillows, or accessories, you will allow yourself to stay current, whatever the current trend.

3. Mixing too many colors
Did you ever walk into space and feel downright uncomfortable but not know why? There are several possible reasons, but one of the most common is mixing ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’ colors. Generally, many people consider ‘muted’ colors’ dirty’ and ‘clear’, while bright colors are considered ‘clean’. If you install a muted taupe/gray wood floor, you will also need a muted off-white/cream wall color. Using a ‘clean’ white or blue-gray will make your floor look dirty’. Put your samples down on clean white paper or a sheet, always in the direction of install (floor flat, walls vertical), and compare them this way. Never compare colors by placing the samples on an existing wall.

4. Not deciding how you want to live
When building your new home or doing your remodel, the most important thing you can do is to evaluate how you live daily and what would assist you to live your life more comfortably. Do you require a larger master bathroom, or do you just require a bath with more storage with lighting that makes dressing a snap? If you cannot change the footprint of your kitchen, but you require more storage, can you add cabinets to the ceiling for items you utilize less often? What about using your toe-kick spaces? If you have a small dog or cat, a pull-out area for food and water is just the right size. Changing some of your cabinets with shelves to drawers can make an enormous difference, as can adding one of the newer corner storage units or built-in spice units. A smaller kitchen with the appropriate build-out can be far more efficient than a larger kitchen! Go through that exercise with every room to see how each space can function optimally for you. Can you make a space work for dual functions? You probably can if you plan properly from the start! Good Luck!

5. Skimping on lighting
Lighting is everything in creating a functional home. With the advent of low-cost LED lighting, we can all benefit from general lighting, task lighting, ambient lighting, reading lighting, and accent lighting. Under-cabinet lighting has been used often for several years now, but what about over cabinet lighting, and toe kick lighting, sconces, pendants, rheostats, and the best temperature for your LEDs based on the coolness or warmth of your desired feel? Plan all this out from the start, including where you may want floor plugs, so you can create the mood you choose and the lighting function for your needs.

6. Not hiring a professional
There are so many details to think about, whether you are remodeling or building your home or office from the ground up. Do take advantage of the expertise of a professional designer. Most designers will work with clients in multiple ways, from all-encompassing contracts to periodic consults to ‘check in’ and make sure you are on track with your selections and decisions. Contact Design Focus to see how we can assist you with your project, and we are more than happy to help. 

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