This last space seems to embody everything I've been talking about so far. The window treatments are impeccable. Furnishings are well proportioned, comfortable, durable and are arranged to promote socializing. The color palette and lighting are beautiful. So how does a space get everything right? This space was clearly very well planned out.
This avoids Mistake No. 10: Lack of planning
Have you ever done something and then had to undo that something in order to do something else you should have done before? That sentence will make perfect sense to you if you didn't plan your home project well.
One of the first things I have my clients do is sit down and write out a list of all of their wishes and desires for their home. Many clients don't execute all of their decorating or remodeling plans at a single stroke for many reasons. The list is prioritized by sense of urgency and budget, but we also evaluate everything to be sure projects follow along in the optimal order.
For example: If you plan to paint the interior walls and ceiling, and you also want to add lighting fixtures in the ceilings or walls, you should do all of the electrical work first. Otherwise, you may find yourself having to cut open a wall or ceiling to run wiring and then having to repair drywall and paint all over again.
Coming up with a master plan gives you your best shot at good design. It prevents you from making costly mistakes and from boxing yourself in because of decisions that were made without regard to future projects.
This concludes my top 10 common decorating mistakes. Check out Part 1 from earlier this week for help on the other five stumbling blocks to good design.
How about your experience? Is there another mistake that you think belongs in the top 10?
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