Whether you’re about to start your first big project or you’re a seasoned professional, we all make mistakes. Even if you watch hours of home improvement TV and know all the insider lingo, when it comes to remodeling your home we can sometimes fall into some myths or traps that can derail our whole project. So, what are some things to avoid and some tried-and-true tricks of the trade? Here are all the things you should and shouldn’t be doing when it comes to your next home improvement project.

Don’t: Go For The Pinterest Design

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With the rise of the Pinterest interior design revolution, people can browse the hippest, trendiest designs with a click of the button. Not only that, you can save and pin them for later to remember when you’re finally ready for that breakfast bar in addition to your kitchen. But in reality, a lot of these Pinterest ideas aren’t just expensive, but chances are they’re also not super realistic. Although taking design inspiration from photos is great, don’t think it’s going to look the same if you put in a butcher-block dining table without the custom-made chairs and lighting fixtures to match.

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Do: Go For Professionally Approved Styles

It might seem preachy, but believe it or not professionals are professionals for a reason. Any good interior designer will tell you that every space is different, and knowing that a classic style is the most versatile in every space is much better than going for whatever trend there is if it just doesn’t fit your space (or budget). When in doubt, go for classic colours and design elements. Spark interest in a room with a statement wall or interesting patterns. Go to function over form and look for furniture that is comfortable or highlights support beams with a new finish.

Don’t: Go For Window Shopping

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The worst thing you can do is plan on just walking around a store and expecting to find all the perfect pieces for your new room. Not only can that get expensive, but it can also make it really hard to design a room that flows. If you don’t plan ahead, you could end up with furniture that doesn’t fit inside your room, extra decorations you don’t have room for in the space, or just going way over your initial budget. This isn’t the kind of project you can just do on the whim, unfortunately.

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Do: Plan and Budget

It might feel like squashing your creative genius. But making a thorough plan for a remodel can mean a world of difference, especially in the interior design. Sometimes when we’re doing construction we think of the interior design part as just the last finishing touches. But it should be just as planned as the actual remodel. Sketch out – or have a designer consult – what the room should look like. Measure out your spaces and ensure what room you have for things. Most of all, write down all the decorations you think you want and the budget you have. And leave a little room for inspiration when you’re in the store.

Don’ts: Pick Your Paint First

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This is probably the most frequent mistake we all make, including professionals. But it also makes a lot of sense. A wall colour is not on its own, it has to match the aesthetic of the whole room. If you choose the paint first, it’ll make it that much harder to find furniture and patterns that match that colour. Although you may just want to start running and get that ugly outdated paint off. There’s not a colour that goes with everything (even white). The last thing you want is to be stressed out trying to find furniture to match the colour you already chose.

Do: Buy All Materials Before You Start

I know all the TV shows tell you differently, where they start going shopping for furniture near the end of the episode. But trust me, that’s just editing. The interior designer should always have control over the paint colours and should be determined by the pieces they find. Before you start your renovation, order all your furniture ahead of time either online or in the store. So you won’t have to store it but you can make design choices based on it. This little change in schedule will help you really bring a room together and make smart, educated decisions on paint and even structure of the remodel. What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made when remodeling your home? Let us know in the comments!


luda-artemieva-Famio author contributorLuda Artemieva is an imaginative artist and experienced architectural and interior designer. Having traveled around the world, she now resides in Vancouver, BC. Luda gathers inspiration through her affection for nature, art, culture, and architecture. The miraculous ideas that she creates start from a client’s dreams and aims to help people in changing the quality of their lives. You can learn more about Luda on her website LVA Concepts.