10 Design Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Polar Shades on Oct 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

bigstock-Architect-And-Interior-Designe-98076815.jpgDesigning your home should be a fun undertaking. You get to impart your own unique style while experimenting with colors, textures, and technology that can make your living situation brighter. If you take a wrong turn, however, your design dreams could turn into decorating disasters.

To help you avoid those unfortunate pitfalls, take a look at these ten design don'ts:

1. Leave Red Out of Relaxing Spaces 

No matter how much you love shades of scarlet, it’s best to keep them away from bedroom walls. Oranges, reds, and super yellow hues are energizing colors that will most likely lead you away from restful nights.

2. Plan Your Place Piece-by-Piece 

Big-box furniture stores have plenty of ready-to-use furniture sets, but they usually only work for a specific room size and shape. Before you go all-in, consider shopping around for individual pieces that fit the frame of the room they'll be living in.

3. Put Your Measuring Tape to Work

Unfortunately, this pitfall is all too real for many people. Before you purchase any piece of furniture, no matter how small it may seem, measure your doorways, hallways, and every place the item will need to pass through.

4. Keep the Carpet Out of the Kitchen 

You may be in love with the textile you just found, but -- rest assured -- you'll regret a kitchen installation soon enough. Bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms were born to have bare floors. There's too much mess and moisture that can cause problems in the future if you carpet these rooms.

5. Go with Professionals 

Hiring relatives can save you money, but it will cause you far more headaches -- for several reasons -- than you're probably bargaining for.

6. Shop Around 

No matter how smooth-talking the first sales guy is, take his recommendations, then see what is out there. By doing your due diligence, you'll find reputable contractors who will submit fair bids.

7. Buy Your Bedding First 

Don't let your walls take over your space. Work from the bed to the walls to ensure you have a comfortable bedroom where all the pieces work well together.

8. Keep Your Kitchen Sink Front and Center 

Corner-positioned kitchen sinks can be awkward to use, and they usually end up wasting much-needed counter space.

9. Know Where Your Area Rug Will Go Before You Buy It 

Of course, it will go on the floor, but how big will it be? How much space will it take up? Lay tape or paper on the floor to mark the ideal area before you buy.

10. Always Read Your Contract 

Fine print is a fine thing. Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you've read -- and understand -- everything laid before you.

Contact Polar Shades

At Polar Shades, we specialize in fashionable, highly functional window coverings. In our world, great design incorporates the best of both worlds, and we're happy to show you how to improve your living space with our outstanding products. Schedule your free in-home consultation by calling 702-260-6110 today!

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