6 Home Design Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them!)
There’s nothing more fun than researching ideas for your dream kitchen or the master bath you’ve always wanted. It’s easy to find inspiration online but before you get into the finer details of picking finishes and grout colors, be sure you have a game plan. Whether it’s sprucing up the floors of your bedroom or updating the vanity in the powder room , home design projects take money, time and careful planning. Skip one of these steps and it could spell regret.
Here are the most common home design mistakes and how to avoid them:
• Not knowing what you want. The first question you should ask yourself before you embark on a home design project is, “What do I want to get out of this?” If the answer is a better lit bathroom or a more functional kitchen, focus on those aspects. The more honest you can be with yourself, the clearer you can be with your contractor – and the happier you’ll be with the final result.
• Falling in love with a look that’s not in the budget. We all fall victim to the appeal of Pinterest boards – but before you get too attached to a particular custom bathroom tile, make sure you know your budget. Using tools like Emprove’s “Dream It!” tool, you can get a sense of your design style and then see the things you like at varying price ranges.
• Hiring the wrong contractor. A successful home design project relies on clear project objectives and aligned quality expectations between the contractor and homeowner. Like researching the best layout or products, you should interview contractor in person and make your decision based on their experience, reviews, and your gut. Pro tip: Asking your contractor for the breakdown of material costs v. labor costs will help you know the quality of material you’re getting.
• Forgetting about lighting. It’s easy to look at a picture and focus on the big things, like the cabinets, flooring and countertops. But what doesn’t get discerned as easily, and what has a huge impact on the look and feel of a room, is the lighting. Whether it’s overhead lighting or cabinet lighting, cove lighting or decorative lighting, lighting is one key element you don’t want to forget.
• Mismatching your home design aspirations with your lifestyle. Do you have dogs? Young children? Be practical with your home design choices and consider whether the things you want are durable for their intended uses – like those beautiful hardwood floors.
• Skimping on the important stuff. Materials matter. If you want your home design project to look high end, don’t forget to ask what it’s made of, be it a bedroom door or kitchen countertops. Cheaper materials could save you money in the short-term, but your home look (and potential resale value!) will thank you in the long-term.