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Avoiding Interior Design Regret




Interior design regrets can be costly and time-consuming to fix, so avoiding them is essential. Here are some common interior design regrets to look out for as you embark on changes in your home or new purchases you have in mind. Above picture, I love the wallpaper and lamp, not a fan of the furniture piece. As a designer, I would have directed my client to either a modern piece without wood or a vintage solid wood piece. Something is off in my eye and mind with the mixed elements on the bureau. The statues can go, too. Just my opinion!




Choosing the Wrong Scale: Choosing furniture that is too big or too small for the room can make the space feel balanced and comfortable. Make sure to measure the space and choose furniture that is appropriately sized for the room. Also, if you like symmetry, remember that when purchasing your pieces. For many people, visual symmetry is important in how they feel in their spaces.


Being Too Trendy: Following the latest design trends can be tempting, but it can lead to design choices that quickly go out of style. Instead, focus on timeless design elements that will remain relevant and stylish for years. This means taking a step back from impulse purchasing and saving your money for quality items. Most trendy furnishings will not stand the test of time in quality, too. Will you love that patchwork or pink chair for 10, 15, or 20 years? Most likely not!



Not Considering the Room's Purpose: It's really important to consider the room's purpose when designing the space and purchasing items. For example, a formal living room may require different design elements than a family or playroom. Wear and tear on the furniture in a living room might call for a performance fabric vs a formal living room where the lack of activity allows for more options in fabric choices.


Not Testing Paint Colors: Choosing the right paint color can take time and effort. Testing paint colors on the wall before committing to a color ensures it looks good in the space. The little square sample will not allow you to make a good choice. Seeing the paint on the wall and in the space in different lighting is crucial.



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Not Investing in Quality: Choosing cheap, low-quality furniture or accessories may save money in the short term, but it can lead to regret in the long run. Invest in high-quality pieces that will last and stand the test of time. Save your money, save your time, and wait to purchase the best quality you can afford. It really is awful when you think that a $1500 sofa was a great deal, but the seats give out, and the fabric does not hold up in a matter of a year or two.


If you need help to avoid design regret, reach out, and let's work together. You can reach me directly at amanda@newenglandhomeandinteriors or reach out for more information here.


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