Interior Design Mistakes & How to Fix Them

Have you ever looked at your space, and something feels a little off? Something in the space may be preventing the flow from feeling natural, obstructing the functionality, or perhaps it doesn’t look right. We’ve all been there, so let’s talk about how we can alter the element throwing off the space instead of having to redo the whole room! Sometimes, all it takes is swapping or adjusting one piece in the space to shift the entire look and feel.

Take a look at some of our tips for fixing interior design mistakes, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any specific questions regarding your space. We love helping our clients craft beautiful homes with a thoughtful design approach, keeping these tips in mind from the start!

Choosing the Wrong Rug Size

A rug can be the defining feature of a space. It sets the tone for the whole room and controls where the furniture will be placed. Making sure you have the right size can be a challenge, so this is what we usually advise:

  • For living rooms, the rug should be big enough to have the majority of large furniture pieces on top, so consider your furniture layout when selecting a rug size.

  • In bedrooms, make sure the rug extends beyond the sides and foot of the bed, providing a comfortable amount of rug space. The rug should always fall in front of the nightstands rather than underneath, creating a balanced and integrated design.

  • For dining spaces, the rule of thumb is to choose a rug approximately 2 feet larger than the table on all sides, ensuring ample space for the chairs to remain on the rug when pushed back.

Picking Dark Furniture for a Small Space

When dealing with limited space, choosing elements that create a visually open and airy environment is essential. While physical expansion may not always be an option, selecting the right furniture becomes crucial. In small rooms, dark furniture can have the unintended effect of making the space feel tighter and more closed-in. Instead, it’s recommended to source pieces that brighten the room by reflecting light, ultimately creating the illusion of a larger space. By choosing lighter furniture, you can enhance the overall brightness and openness of the room, making it feel more inviting and spacious.

Not Varying Furniture Height

When it comes to selecting furniture, it’s crucial to consider how all the pieces will come together to create a cohesive and harmonious look. One common mistake to avoid is having furniture of the same height throughout the room, as it can result in a static and uninteresting space. To add depth and dimension, it’s advisable to mix up the heights of your furniture. By incorporating pieces of varying heights, you can create an engaging visual experience and bring a sense of dynamism to the room.

At Atelier Roux, we prioritize presenting our clients with a visual layout of the fully styled space before finalizing furniture orders. This allows them to see how different furniture heights interact with each other and ensure a consistent flow throughout the room. By visualizing the arrangement in advance, we can make adjustments and ensure that the space feels dynamic, balanced, and visually appealing. Remember, varying furniture heights is a simple yet effective way to transform a room from flat to fabulous.

Picking Trendy Colors & Fabrics

While it’s easy to fall in love with the latest trendy designs each season, it’s important to consider their long-term appeal. Trends come and go, so it’s wise to opt for colors and fabrics that will age gracefully and continue to satisfy beyond passing fads. By selecting timeless hues and enduring materials, you can create a space that withstands the test of time, eliminating the need for frequent remodeling.

Prioritizing enduring style allows you to personalize your design preferences while ensuring a timeless and captivating environment. Remember, the key to lasting style lies in selecting colors and fabrics that transcend trends and provide long-lasting beauty.

Looking for Expert Design Assistance?

Sometimes design mistakes require the eye of an expert! Designing a home is an art that we take so much pride in, and we love finding creative solutions for every space we work on.

Whether you’re looking for guidance on rug sizing, furniture selection, or creating a timeless and cohesive design, our experienced designers are here to provide personalized solutions tailored to your needs. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to elevate your space with professional expertise.

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Atelier Roux is a full-service design firm run by Manon Roux. We’re dedicated to crafting bespoke interiors that harmonize with the rhythm of our clients’ lives, seamlessly merging sophistication with purpose in every narrative we create.

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