Top Mistakes Interior Designers Make
Your home should be an expression of who you are , not who someone else wants you to be. Here are some examples of epic fails: what your decorator should have told you. (10 Photos)
The Elephant in the Room
You know its there. You hate it. You decorate around it. You grit your teeth and dust it.
Is it the hideous builder’s fireplace? The chandelier your mother gave you? Your better half’s really, really comfortable chair? (Think of Frasier’s dad).
You can try all you want, but spending a fortune matching everything else to the awful dining room set you received as a wedding present just means you will hate all of your furniture.
Stop ignoring it. If you can’t reinvent it and make something to love DITCH IT.
You’ll be glad you did.This Elephant is wearing a disguise of Peony Wallpaper BP 2320
All-New Gets Really Old
Nothing better than a sofa covered in plastic, right?
That’s what a room feels like when every piece is brand new.
Cold. Antiseptic. Clinical.
Mix it up. Add a salvaged table beside the latest lamp. A little decay goes a long way.
With half a dozen throw pillows in the latest patterns, even the most neutral sofa can take centre stage.Walls are painted in Oval Room Blue no. 85 | For the cabinet, try Arsenic no. 214 | Green Blue no. 84 or Blue Ground no. 210
Is There Going to Be a Test?
ose your new colour in a brightly lit store under fluorescent lamps at your peril. Unless you live between the Lumber Department and Plumbing, how the colour looks in the store doesn’t matter a bit.
What matters is how the colour looks in your home. In the morning. And at night.
Against your heirloom carpet and your Saarinen table.
Is it warm enough? Cool enough? Beautiful in candlelight. There is only one way to find out. A little advance sampling will make certain you have the right colour – in any light.
French Gray No. 18 unites all of the elements in a very detailed room
White Makes Everything Look Bigger
Gallons of light paint make every thing look bigger, right?
Would you believe the opposite is true?
A dark colour adds mystery. Makes the corners disappear. Adds drama where none existed before. When room size is an issue, reach for the deepest shade of your favourite hue.
Artwork will pop. Windows will become the focus. Colour is the key to making a statement – the thread that binds all of the parts together.Hague Blue no. 30 creates the mystery | All White no. 2005 makes the point
Floors Should Never Be a Bore
The two biggest surfaces in your room are the ceiling and floor. Should they really be ignored?
Neutral is always an option and sets the stage for the main event.
Take it to the next level. Why not grab a pot of paint, a roll of painter’s tape and add a stunning pattern to your floor.
With a little thought, your floor can be a showstopper. Masking tape, a paint and imagination are your tools.Floor is All White no. 2005 and Straw no. 52 | Walls are Wet Sand no. 46
Every room starts as an empty box. Every scheme starts as an idea.There is no right and wrong. There’s only personality to be expressed.Clunch no. 2009 has been dragged over Savage Ground no. 213 and off-set with an All White no. 2005 trim
The same window, the same walls and the same bed can lead to a myriad of schemes. Inspiration is the key.Here the same room gets a sleek contemporary look with Lamp Room Gray no. 88 walls and Blackened no. 2011 trim
Never Paint the CeilingYou want your house to be cold and impersonal, don’t you? The same as the place next door when you open the door? Ceilings have to be white, right? Banish all thought of conformity. When your guests step in, let them know they have arrived.Wall and cabinet: Plummett No.272 Ceiling: Arsenic® No.214 Table: Down Pipe No.26 Chairs | Blackened® No.2011
Never Paint Wood
Wood trim. Wood cabinets. Wood wainscoting. Wood floors. Can there ever be too much wood?
Nothing dates a room faster than tired, old, yellowed wood. A lick of paint on the trim and your room is refreshed. Try bright colour inside a cabinet to make the whole piece sing.Heavy beams become part of the scheme with Strong White No. 2001 and Chemise No. 216 on the walls
Is the internationally recognized star of Whose Design is it Anyway and One House Two Looks. Jason regularly writes about creative topics regarding the home for iVillage Canada and finds his inspiration at Farrow & Ball and in New York during the holidays.