I'm just jumping right into this one folks.... When walking through potential client's homes and looking at real estate online (one of my favorite pastimes), there are 5 common design mistakes that I often common across and are such simple fixes that I just want to stop right there and help them ASAP!!! Soooo...here it goes....
Tune in again tomorrow for C Studio's next addition of our "Five Friday Favs!" xo - Chelsey
#1 (and these are in no particular order) would be NOT properly accessorizing your home! I run into this all the time and even with clients who have hired me for interior design services, but then hold off on this portion of the job. I think I may have even mentioned this before in my past post about the various accessories you can find in the CS Shop. Accessories are just as important and impactful to the overall design as the furniture, area rugs, and lighting. They're the icing on the cake...what truly makes your house feel like a warm, inviting, home! They can add color, a touch of personalization, character, and even tell your life story. Below is a before and after photo of the same space both with and without accessories and artwork.... these images tell the story themselves. Which space would you prefer?
Source: Emily Henderson
#2 would be the lack of window treatments in a space, or the incorrect window treatments for a space. Window treatments add an element of texture and warmth to the space, among other functional qualities like exposure to heat and sunlight, privacy, and room darkening capabilities for those who like to sleep all hours of the day and night... you know who you are! ;) You can even layer different styles of window treatments on one window to give you multiple options, depending on the time of day and/or mood that you want to create within the space. The height of where exactly to hang your curtain panels and rods is also very important and I always recommend hanging them higher than the window height to help make the space feel larger and taller. Below are a few great examples of this...
Sources: Before & Afters - 1, 2, 3
Living Room, Bedroom, Hallway
#3 would be incorrect light fixtures sizes... whether it's too big or too small for the space, it just doesn't work! There is actually a great trick to figuring out the proper size fixture for your space and a hack that many interior designers, including myself, often use. There are a few occasions where it is okay to break this rule and sometimes I enjoy an exaggerated fixture size over a kitchen island for example, but most of the time this calculation applies as a good rule of thumb. Take the dimensions of the space you are working on (width and depth) in feet and then add those two numbers together to get the proper diameter that the fixture should be in that space. For example, if your room is 10' x 12', then you take 10+12 = 22 and your light fixture should be around
22" diameter/square. Below area a few photos showing you the RIGHT and WRONG size fixtures hanging over various dining tables... one of the most important areas in your home where a chandelier will be hanging.
Sources: Top Grid 1, 2 & Bottom Slideshow 1, 2
#4 the wrong size area rugs...one of my biggest pet peeves! And you can actually get fantastic ready-made area rugs these days, even on a budget. They usually come in standard sizes such as 2x3, 5x8, 8x10, 9x12, etc. Area rugs should encompass your furniture and help ground the furniture to the room. Your furniture, depending on the space, should either fully rest on the area rug, or at least the front half of the furniture should be on the rug. You should never be able to see your flooring around the perimeter of the area rug....between the edge of the rug and where your sofa begins, for example. Below are a few examples of this, shown in a living room, dining room, and bedroom application.
Sources: Rug Size Drawings, Living Room, Dining Room, Bedroom
#5 (last, but certainly not least) would be matchy matchy furniture sets. They are dull, boring, and show no sense of creativity or personality for your own, personal home! I know it is easy and usually a quick, stress-free way of getting a room full of furniture, but I can assure you that mixing and matching furniture will give you a much better result, and it can even be a fun process to hunt for the perfect pieces and even gather/collect pieces over time. Here are a few photos showing the difference between spaces that have a furniture "set" vs. spaces that were carefully curated with a mix of finishes, textures, colors, etc. And, what's even better, is that it will be a space of your very own and not something that you will walk into your neighbor's home to find the exact same dining room as what you have!
Sources: Top Grid 1, 2, 3 & Bottom Slideshow 1, 2, 3, 4, 5