While it’s true that interior design is never truly finished, it might often feel hard to begin in our hectic life. There are numerous reasons why decorating our houses may not rank high on our priority list, including school drop-offs, long hours at the office, or just the dread of getting it wrong.
You’re not alone if this sounds familiar. Stephanie Purzycki, CEO and cofounder of The Finish, adds, “Decorating a home is difficult!” “And if you don’t have a lot of time to devote to it, or if you get stuck making decisions, you’ll wind up with an unfinished area.”
Purzycki, whose Connecticut-based firm helps clients finish modest design projects by the hour, says unfinished homes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. “There are the obvious elements, like barren walls, floors, and windows; but an unfinished space may also be a room you don’t love, whether it’s because it’s not your taste, or because there are too many styles, or because the furniture isn’t quite right.”
The G4H room isn’t finished unless it makes you pleased.
However, how you decorate your home might have a good impact on your daily life. There’s nothing like going home to a well-designed place at the end of the day for Erin McCarthy and Mindy Turitz, founders of Chicago’s Merinda Studio. “We all require a place to relax and unwind, socialize with friends and family, and to create memories. In some ways, finishing our homes is the pinnacle of self-care.”
Read on if there are areas of your home that have stayed unfinished for months, if not years. We asked leading interior designers how to correct some of the most common decorating blunders. You’ll get it all together in no time if you follow their wise guidance.
Designers Point Out the Most Common Decorating Mistakes
1. The Furniture Isn’t a Good Fit
Bria Hammel of Bria Hammel Interiors in Minnesota says she can tell when clients haven’t taken the effort to measure their furniture. “Measuring is crucial so you don’t end up with under-scaled objects in your area,” she explains. “If an object is too small, you will tend to fill the area with more items, making it feel congested. Having the appropriate proportions of stuff in your room from the start makes it feel intentional.”
2. The Spaces Aren’t Connected
Designers frequently detect aesthetic mismatches between sections once inside a home. If someone has worked on the house one room at a time, it can be obvious to Purzycki. “Rather of seeing their home as a whole, homeowners prefer to focus on one location at a time,” she explains. “Homes are typically organic spaces, filled with the owner’s treasures and memories—and occasionally outmoded and disposable college furniture.”
3. It has an impersonal feel to it.
“Many of the homes I visit have a sterile, uninspiring air to them. There is no personal account of the individuals who live there “Lorna Gross of Lorna Gross Interior Design in Washington, D.C., agrees. “Homeowners have shopped for basic furnishings in stores and catalogs, but they haven’t considered the minor elements that make a home unique.” Her best piece of advice? Include two to three one-of-a-kind pieces in each space that are difficult to replicate.
4. It is in need of some finishing touches
The finishing of a home are what stand out first for Far/Studio designer Brittany Hakimfar of Pennsylvania. What makes a room feel unfinished, however, is what’s missing from these finishes. “To me, the floor finish, the wall color, any highlights or features lay the foundation for a nice home,” she explains. “The importance of the bones cannot be overstated. As a result, I notice if they’re missing paintings, accessories, window treatments, and the finishing touches.”
Tips for Choosing the Right Interior Design for Your Home
1. Make a mental image of your entire home.
“When a whole house appears odd,” Hammel explains, “we recommend starting with a vision for the entire house, room by room.” “This way, we can assure that your entire property is styled in the same way. Even if you decide to complete your home project in stages over time, having a clear vision can make it easier to pick up where you left off and stay on track.”
2. Create a ‘Goal Room’ to get you motivated.
Purzycki recommends planning ahead of time and avoiding impulse purchases that don’t fit your image. “Go on Pinterest or Instagram and look for a room that meets your criteria,” she advises. “Then, as you’re making purchases, ask yourself if what you’re getting is in line with your overall vision for your area.”
3. Put together a mood board
“If you really want to go all out, make a mood board with everything you want to buy for your room,” Purzycki suggests. “Then buy everything on the board as your budget allows.” Mood boards are a terrific way to get a sense of how things will look together before making a purchase. Photoshop, Google Drawings, or a specific application like Design Files are among her favorite tools for creating mood boards.
4. Decide on a look and stick with it.
This is difficult for homeowners to do, but it pays off. “Finding your style and adhering to it will help you finish your room,” Purzycki adds. “It’s worth it because then anytime you step into a place, you’ll feel relaxed and joyful, not like you’re trying to solve the problem of why your room doesn’t look finished.” “Now you may get on with your life and enjoy your property.”
1. Clean up the Clutter
It’s just as crucial to take out as it is to bring in. “In certain ways, we advise clients that less is more,” Hakimfar explains. “Before bringing in the vital, powerful components that will make it special, we like to get rid of all the extraneous pieces.”
Murray also advises being selective in who you let back into your home. “I believe that most individuals, over time, amass items and become somewhat ignorant of the quality of their home,” she explains. “The most beneficial method to design is to treat a place like a blank canvas—everything must be removed and reinstalled with both the big picture and specific components in mind.”
2. Establish Consistency
To make your home feel more coherent, Hakimfar suggests choosing one general paint hue throughout. “Painting and flooring are the first modifications we make to a home. I also believe that having a consistent floor throughout the house is essential. The wood stains, as well as the types of wood, should be complementary. If there are too many finishes, it’s obvious that the house was built piecemeal, and it gives the place a disjointed air.”
Another one of her favorite tricks? She paints the entire room if she plans a dark room. “Walls, ceiling, trim, and so on,” she explains. “It becomes more dramatic and well-designed as a result.” She also recommends investing in high-quality window treatments to add a layer of visual appeal where possible.
3. Bring the Outdoors Inside
“When we start a new project, the first thing we think about is how the exterior of a home relates to the interior,” Hammel explains. “The outside serves as a preview of what’s to come on the inside. Consider a client who has a different style from the exterior. In that instance, we must either find a means to combine the two styles into a single cohesive design or embrace the home’s underlying style and include it throughout.”
3. Make Your Entrance Streamlined
Murray considers a well-designed entrance to be essential. “It’s critical to be deliberate about what you say at your entry because it sets the tone for the remainder of the house. Put anything useful but unsightly in baskets, crates, or other containers, and display the pretty practical items “she explains. “It’s critical to have attractive closed storage since we all have a lot of stuff that is functional but not attractive.”
4. Use the same colors in your accessories and fabric.
McCarthy and Turitz add, “We love using wallpaper to bring in some interesting pattern and color and help tie a design plan together.” “The majority of our wallpapers include multicolored designs. Colors that are replicated in adjacent rooms through paint, cushions, and window coverings have been used in powder rooms, entryways, and other tiny areas with our paper.”
For a focal place in the home, choose a ‘hero print’ (such as Merinda Studio’s Daisy Chain wallpaper) with at least three colors. “From there, you can carry those colors throughout your home, beginning at the front door and working your way back.”
6. Pick the Right Size for Your Furnishings
The term “custom” does not automatically imply “expensive.” “Rather,” Maggie Griffin of Maggie Griffin Design adds, “custom may be translated into the perfect size and scale for the room.” “For example, ready-made rugs for most large living rooms are difficult to come by. The sizes frequently do not correspond to the requirements of a vast space. Instead, we’ll have a rug custom-cut and bound to make sure it’s the right size.”
When purchasing furniture, start with the larger items. “A well-scaled pair of sofas, a correctly-sized rug, or drapery panels are terrific places to start,” she says.
7. Take Things Slowly
Griffin advises, “Take your time and invest in quality pieces, not hasty solutions that will be replaced in a few years.” “Our surroundings have a direct impact on how we live. A calmer, more ordered, and well-balanced environment will always help you feel better.”