Avoiding the Most Costly Design Mistakes

The most costly mistake that homeowners make is starting a design project without a plan. Taking on a new project without a plan is like trying to drive to a strange, faraway place without a map. This will cause delays, increase your frustration, and cost you a bundle. Your design project plan is like having a navigation system to guide you along the way.

If you consider some important steps before beginning your home design venture, you can feel more confident that your design project plan will go off without a hitch.

Step 1: Choose a Mood

Many homeowners get stuck trying to figure out a style. Instead, think about how you want to feel in the room. Before choosing even one item, decide on the mood you want to achieve: casual and comfortable … formal and elegant … cheerful and whimsical…

After you’ve chosen your desired mood, make sure that everything you choose reflects your design project plan, and your final look is sure to turn out perfectly.

Step 2: Find an Inspiration

Find one piece that really speaks to your heart. It can be a painting, a piece of furniture, or an area rug. Use this piece to keep your purchases on track. Everything you buy for the room must coordinate with that one piece. Sometimes a picture in a magazine can be your inspiration. Make sure your design project plan is consistent with the colors, textures, and overall theme of the picture.

Step 3: Plan your Budget (Loosely)

Home projects rarely stay within the initial budget, but it is still important to set one. You’ll feel more secure if you know approximately how much you are willing to spend for the entire project, and then plan for each separate item accordingly.

Step 4: Make a List

List the items you are keeping for your room, and also ALL the pieces you need to purchase to complete the design project plan. You don’t need to buy everything at once, but you should have a list before you begin. Referring back to this list during your project will keep you on track, and also keep you on budget!

You will find that making a design project plan and sticking to it will force you to stay on track and achieve your design goals. This whole process is even easier if you can share it with friends or family. Having support will get the job done more smoothly – and with a lot more fun. Enjoy!

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