Sunday, October 2, 2022

5 Home Design Mistakes to Avoid


After years of documenting my design projects on the web for the world to watch, criticize, and hopefully get pleasure from, in 2018 I discovered myself as soon as once more crying within the bathe. We’re renovating an old farmhouse in Oregon, and I used to be extraordinarily pissed off with our renovation course of. I used to be so sick of feeling dumb, being mansplained by my contractor, and doubting each determination.

I knew a lot about design and renovation and had been writing about it for years on my blog, however I wanted so badly that there was a guide stuffed with real-life anecdotes to assist educate and help me. So, I pitched the guide the subsequent day and 4 brief (!) years later, it’s right here. Though the world has modified dramatically since that tearful bathe, the data on this guide has grow to be much more related as so many individuals, staying indoors, have been focusing extra on their properties.

So, listed below are 5 ideas from The New Design Rules. The guide guides you thru the renovation and ornament course of, from my perspective, with a number of tales and images. It reveals issues like “toilet makes to keep away from,” and “how excessive must you actually dangle artwork?” My aim was to assist folks study the principles of design to allow them to creatively break them, thus making a alternative, not a mistake.

Avoid The “Too Small Rug”

Emily Henderson The New Design Rules book

(Design by Dee Murphy.)

The ‘too small rug‘ is such a typical mistake, however it could actually throw off the entire room. On this front room, Dee Murphy not solely adopted the principles (by having at the very least the entrance two legs of all of the furnishings on the rug) however she layered the classic rug OVER a less complicated sisal rug to floor the dialog space much more. We wrote extra about living room rules, and I additionally did a super-dated-but-still-fun video about rug measurement here.

Differ the Artwork Configuration on Every Wall

(Artwork course by Emily Henderson, design and styling help by Emily Bowser and Julie Rose.)

It is a nice styling tip that I’ve utilized in nearly each room. What you need to keep away from is each wall having one comparable piece of artwork, hung on the similar top. As a substitute take into consideration doing what we did right here — mixing a gallery wall, mirror, cabinets, leaning artwork, diptychs or one massive scale piece of artwork. Even in case you like extra minimal easy design (which I do), you need to range the kind or scale of artwork so it doesn’t really feel redundant and to give each bit its personal second.

Don’t Chase Each Pattern When It Comes To Everlasting Finishes

(Design by Ben Mendansky.)

You possibly can completely convey trendy design concepts into your private home, however take these dangers in lighting, furnishings and decor (parts that don’t require demo and hiring out to change). Do what Ben Mendansky did with the sunshine fixtures right here. Y’all, he ombre’d the yellow from mild to darkish. Sure, take dangers! However be actually, actually cautious leaning arduous into developments in your everlasting finishes, like tile, flooring, home windows and architectural particulars.

Don’t Grasp Curtains Too Excessive Off The Flooring

(Design by Rosa Beltran.)

Excessive water curtains could make a room look foolish, however most large field shops solely inventory sure size ready-made curtains (84″ is nearly ALWAYS too brief, fyi). At all times measurement up (90-96″ often works for 8-9′ ceilings), so the curtains dangle lengthy sufficient to contact or nearly contact the ground. You possibly can dangle the rod close to the ceiling (or midway between window and ceiling like on this case, not on the prime of the window), however all the time attempt to get as shut to the ground as you may. We have now a enjoyable graph and extra images in this post. Additionally, please word THERE IS A BUNNY ON THE BED!!!!!

Don’t Overlook What You Already Have

(Design by Sara Ruffin Costello.)

On this world of all the pieces at our fingertips (hi there, web buying), it’s tempting to change one thing previous with one thing new. However earlier than you do, take a look at your items with new eyes. For those who like the form and magnificence however not the colour or material, you would do what Sara Ruffin Costello did and reupholster a classic chair in a patterned material. If the above room tempts you, know that the remainder of her unimaginable dwelling in New Orleans is peppered by way of the guide and knocks me down each time I see her creativity. That inexperienced paint, the ground tile, the door!

You’ll make errors within the renovation or ornament course of, all of us do. It’s a part of the inventive course of. However I hope this book will help you keep away from as many as attainable and unleash your creativity — and perhaps shed fewer bathe tears.


Thanks, Emily! And congratulations on your beautiful book. Emily can also be having a guide signing in NYC on Could twelfth. You possibly can seize tickets here.

P.S. All our house tours, and an apartment makeover for Joanna’s sister after her husband died.

(High picture design by Christa Martin.)



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