It’s a familiar experience: a homeowner reaches the end of a redecoration project only to get the feeling that something is off. Some part of the design is creating disharmony, though they can’t put their finger on which. In order to avoid this unfortunate outcome it’s important to work with the right decorator; someone with the experience and expertise to avoid common interior design mistakes. I’m Isabelle Tremblay and I founded Decor Isabelle to help homeowners in the GTA realize their interior decoration dreams.
Avoiding Common Interior Design Pitfalls
The best way to avoid common interior design sins is to know what they are. In my experience at Decor Isabelle there are 7 that crop up more often than any others.
1) Lighting Dissonance – Successful interior design incorporates different types of light for different effects. A decor can sometimes be undermined if the type, intensity or colour of light clashes with other elements. I can help restore harmony to your lighting scheme.
2) Legacy Artwork – Sometimes artwork that’s been with a family for years will create matchup problems with a new decor. Resolving this issue isn’t always easy, but it’s not impossible either. Sometimes all it takes is a new frame or a rearranging of neighbouring elements.
3) Trendy vs. Stylish – Trends can be great fun but need to be incorporated with care. Since trends change like the weather, they’re often best employed as a complementary element of the decor rather than a foundation element. This way you avoid your decor feeling dated.
4) Inclusive Decor – High-end elements are a great way to add finishing touches to a decor but they shouldn’t interfere with the daily operation of the home. There are always ways to accommodate the whole family and still obtain a stylish result. I’ll be happy to show you how.
5) Heirlooms – No one wants to consign the family heirlooms to storage just to accommodate a redecoration. Fortunately you don’t have to. As is the case with legacy artwork, there are ways to make heirlooms work with a new decor. Sometimes it’s just a matter of creating context.
6) Front-loaded Spending – Fiscal restraint is needed to avoid spending too much right out of the gate. Set a budget for each component of the new decor and stick with it. You’ll be happy later on when you have adequate resources to finish the job right.
7) The DIY Decorator – In our DIY-crazed world it’s tempting to think anyone can be a decorator. But true professional decorators spend years learning the subtleties of their craft and the results speak for themselves. If you’re able to, make the financial stretch and bring an interior design professional in to handle your redecoration. You’ll be glad you did.
I have more than 20 years experience decorating homes in Hamilton, Burlington and the entire GTA. I specialize in identifying and cultivating a personal style for my clients that allows them to feel completely at ease in their newly redesigned home.
Call today to book an in-home consultation and start yourself on the road to a more stylish future.