Interior design can be challenging for any beginner. Between choosing the right style, using the right colors, and picking the right furniture, designing a room can be quite the undertaking. We asked some of the best interior design bloggers around what they thought the most common mistake beginners make when it comes to interior design. Here’s what they had to say:

Cassity Kmetzsch, Remodelaholic

Not knowing what they truly love and being patient enough to wait for it. So many times people want to just fill a space immediately, so, they spend a small fortune on items that they don’t love and or items that are poorly built, just to fill up the space. It is worth the wait to stop and study what inspiration images truly speak to you, what about the images make you happy, what colors lift your spirits? Break it down into a style and then slowly acquire the things that fit that style that you love over time. Taking that time, and studying what you love will also protect your budget and style from the inevitable time that your style evolves!

Diane Henkler, In My Own Style

The biggest mistake beginners make when it comes to interior design is thinking they have to get a room completed all at once. The once and done thinking will only have them realizing they like something better. It is smart to let the room evolve over time and only fill it with things you love and need.

Beth Hunter, Home Stories A to Z

Many beginners want to start redecorating by painting a room a new color. Although paint is a fantastic, inexpensive medium to completely change the look of a space, beginning with a paint color on the walls often makes the task of pulling a room together more difficult. Picking out fabrics and textiles first, allows the design process to flow much more smoothly.

Kelli, Lolly Jane

The most common mistake beginner make is thinking they have to buy new furniture to match the wall color or area rug or other colors in the space. A new coat of paint with new hardware can transform the look of the room without having to spend a lot of money.

Katie, Better Living Through Design

Beginners try to do too much too fast- a home that’s comfortable and interesting usually takes time to create. Some of the best interiors are layered with the owner’s past travels and keepsakes, and thus reflect upon their own personalities and interests.

Jessie Kok, Mix and Chic

When it comes to interior design, I find that many beginners purchase furnishings on a whim. To achieve a well-balanced room, you need to have a solid design plan before furnishing a space. Take into consideration the pieces you need and most importantly, the proportion and scale of each piece. If you are designing a spacious room, you should select larger pieces of furniture and accessories so the space doesn’t look too sparse or empty. If you are designing for a small space, you should pick smaller pieces of furniture (get a love seat instead of a four seat sofa, for example) to avoid cramping the room even further. If you are on a furniture shopping trip armed with a design plan (a well-planned room layout, room measurements and a color scheme), you are halfway to design success!

Tobi Fairley,

The most common mistake beginners make in interior design is selecting the paint color first for a room. I always select paint colors last, after I’ve decided what the fabrics and patterns in the room will be. Those decisions lead me to the paint color that will be best for the space.

Eleni Psyllaki, My Paradissi

When people start thinking about decorating their place it is only normal to get through dozens of inspiring photos and read tons of blog post and magazine articles on how to design their own place. That can be overwhelming and distracting. What works on some interiors or for some people doesn’t necessarily work in any other case. For example, one might be impressed by all the high end minimal interiors but his budget, home architecture or way of living wouldn’t possibly support that style. So, one must put down his needs, his everyday way of living and money that wants to spend on the project before gets lost in the vast world of online inspiration.



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    Charles S. Carr // November 29th, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Very informative and helpful post. Something to keep in my mind since we’re thinking of making changes for the new year.

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