Real Estate Watch: Design Advice

Homebuyers eager to furnish and decorate their new homes are being advised by interior designers to avoid the following common mistakes:

Purchasing furnishings all at one time to fill up a room can cause regret. This is similar to renovating a home before moving in resulting in wishing you had done some things differently. It is recommended that you live in a home and take time thinking about the use of each room and space. Outline the floor plan of the home and place what is needed in each room and revisit to refine plans. It is best to concentrate at a time on two to three most important or most-used rooms.

Avoid trying to decorate around a piece of furniture having emotional attachment. Standing back to look at its condition and current use may help you decide whether to keep it. Often working with such pieces can force a layout or color scheme that does not work in your new home. It may also be less expensive to decorate without using the piece.

Decorators recommend that measurements be taken with a tape measure of rooms. Imagine finding a chair or couch for a room that does not fit through the room’s door? In most homes, it is the height of a couch that is the key measurement and not the width and the depth.   Another preventable issue is to see what furnishings clear passing through the hall or the stair well. By doing so, costly surprises can be minimized like a one-piece king mattress not being able to clear the height of a staircase and the turning radius.

The other advantage to measuring is to look at the size of the room and the scale of the furniture. Furniture show rooms are intended to inspire and provide ideas, but they don’t give you exactly how the furnishings will look in a room in your home.   All things should be in proportion to look appropriate.

The amount of furnishings placed in room is a matter of taste. A feeling of openness is achieved with fewer furnishings. Having multiple large furnishings can dwarf a room. A streamlined look or few pieces can appear sleek.

Avoid duplicating a page of a catalog or a magazine as a home should reflect personal tastes. The blending of styles needs to be “curated” to present well, and worth the effort. Showing up to an event with an outfit that someone else is wearing is similar to copying a designed room shown in publications.

Also, unless you plan to move in 3-5 years, using trending colors and furnishings can quickly date a home. Decorating can be timeless if antiques are carefully integrated with new pieces along with fixtures and accessories.

It may be well worth engaging an interior designer to assist you in tailoring your tastes and preferences. Many interior decorators offer services to fit most budgets. Their services often pay for themselves; especially, if costly mistakes are avoided. Designers can also provide discounts through their sources and trades used to decorate a home.

Mary Ann Clark is a realtor with Coldwell Banker at 177 West Putnam Avenue in Greenwich. Questions or comments may be emailed [email protected]

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