A famous French Andrée Putman, who was also a great deal in the interior design world, has very rightly said –
“For a house to be successful, the objects in it must communicate with one another, respond and balance one another”.
There are plenty of examples all around us, to show how a mistake made while renovating, can simply never be rectified. You have got to live with it for a long time. This is why, it is always the right choice and even the economical one to avoid such mistakes.
This article tries to mention some of the common mistakes made by people while renovating and remodelling their homes:
Trust your interior designer
When you decide to develop or redevelop your home, choose your interior designer wisely. Look at what they have done previously, do not hesitate to ask questions. The answers that you receive from the interior designer should satisfy your curiosity. And even if they are mundane questions, it is always better to have your doubts cleared.
Experience coupled with a personal touch, with a hint of creativity and innovation, is the perfect combination. This is what you should look for while choosing an interior designer. We at Sparc design will be more than happy to work with you, until you are more than satisfied.
Moreover, your interior designer has the necessary knowledge and knows what looks good. Once you are done telling him about your needs and choices, trust his/her artistry and give it a chance with an open mind. Be open to ideas and most importantly trust the designer.
“ Interior design is a business of trust”
Completely open yourself up to the designer
They say, don’t hide anything from your doctor and your lawyer. Well do the same with your interior designer. I am not asking you to tell them if you murdered someone. But, let them know about your life, tell them your story, let them have an idea of what your personality is, what you like and dislike, what you adore and what catches your eye. The designer will surely inculcate your personality into the designs. Communicate your requirements to the best of your ability.
Choose an appropriate theme
With the story and requirements that you provide the interior designer will come up with some themes and concepts. Choose the one that suits you and which appeals to you the most. This theme is going to be with you for a long time.
“We shape our homes and then our homes shape us”
Choose the accurate light and shade
Though this one does not really sound important, it actually is very crucial. The choice of shading and lighting depends from person to person. Some people love like it bright and flamboyant, while some like it dark and shady (and by shady I don’t mean a liar and a creep).
Your personality gets reflected here, and there is beauty to be found and appreciated in both the sides. The colour scheme, theme, light & shade, the style, etc. everything accounts for a wonderful feel.
“Design is defined by light and shade, and appropriate lighting is enormously important”
Everybody plans on a budget or a range in which they want to renovate or rebuild something to their liking. These budgetary limits need to be maintained. But, in an attempt to maintain them to the strict limit, it should be taken care that the idea is not lost. Imagine the colour scheme to be perfect but no appropriate budget left for artifacts and decorative items to be placed in the room. Would that be justice to the soul of the interior if unwanted and unworthy things existed in the room due to budget issues? You have guessed it right, it’s a strict no!
In such situations waiting is one option, meaning that completing the décor over time, as planned. Even better solution will be maintaining a balance of budget expenditure, from the very beginning. This does maintain an order of things while sparing some budget to finish the project off.
Just like we cannot put a price on happiness, allow yourself to be flexible in spending, because you cannot put a definite price of beauty, art and living on your own terms.
Space and placement of the area
Too many items cramped up in a room make it cumbersome while too little make it feel empty. An accurate balance needs to be maintained to make the room have appropriate space to move in, use certain things, not feel claustrophobic and, be able to feel the vibe of the renovation and style chosen.
The area needs to breathe. While, it also needs to impress and leave an everlasting imprint on the observer.
“All rooms ought to look as if they were lived in, and to have so to say, a friendly welcome ready for this income”
The things you place in the room have to have a certain meaning to them. An object placed in the room with no meaning or purpose feels like a dangling object in the room. This object either becomes the centre of attraction, which you did not intend, or else, the object is just there, non-existent, without anyone actually noticing it.
To avoid this, only have things with a certain meaning and awe that suits the theme and style of the renovation done. A R2D2 robot placed in a medieval themed room would be such an out of place object. Frankly, such decisions make the area look like chaos. Take care that doesn’t happen around your place.
“No patterns should be without some sort of meaning”.