06.21.19 | Home Interior Design

If you do it yourself, don’t do this!

There’s something very rewarding about designing the home interior design of your own home. Most imagine it will not only be fulfilling, but that it’s also both fun and rather simple.

After all, you have a pretty good image in your head of what it should look like, right? How hard can it be to turn that vision into reality?

If you’re like most…a lot harder than you ever thought possible.

Decorating a room or space doesn’t sound all that daunting…until you start doing it. Not only do you have to incorporate colors, textures, furniture, finishes and décor that help establish a home interior design theme, but it must also flow seamlessly with the rest of the house.

It’s also far too easy to overdo it. The whole “less is more” concept is lost on most do-it-yourselfers, not to mention their ability to mix and match the various home interior design elements is questionable at best.

To ensure best results and maximum satisfaction, hiring an home interior designer is the way to go. But if you decide you’re up for the challenge, we wish you the very best and we’re here to support you. We have offered plenty of tips about how to approach home interior design projects in the past, and there are many more to come.

Here, however, are five things you absolutely should NOT do when doing it yourself…

Paint the walls first
It is practically an automatic. When it comes time to design a room or space, the very first thing people do is choose paint colors and cover the walls.


Pick out flooring, rugs, window treatments and other accessories first, including furniture. You don’t have to add these elements to the room yet, but select them and set them to the side. In fact, it’s a lot easier to paint a room when it’s empty.

The reason you should buy these items before painting is because it is far easier to match paint colors to these elements than it is to match these elements to paint colors. Once you have all these accessories, you can find paints and color combinations and get started on the walls and home interior design.

Trust us, this will make the process far simpler for you.

Hurry up!
One of the most common mistakes we see is DIY designers trying to buy materials, paints and other accessories all at once. They see something they like, get caught up in the moment, and end up putting the room together there on the spot, all in one shot.

This is a terrible idea for a couple reasons.

First, if you’re able to find everything all in the same location, there’s a good chance everything will match a little too well, and the space will not leave you with the look and feel you’re hoping for. It robs the room of personality, character and charm, and usually comes off as tacky. It also screams “amateur”!

While all design elements in the space should pair well together and complement each other, you don’t want everything to necessarily match. There is a difference. It’s something even home interior designers are frequently faced with. They, however, have the understanding, experience and resources to work through it. Homeowners attempting to design on their own don’t typically have that luxury home interior design.

Another downside to buying your design elements “in a bundle,” is that is doesn’t allow you to look around and find other pieces, colors, ideas that you may ultimately like even better. There is a lot of great stuff out there, and you’re best served by seeing as much of it as possible before going all in at one specific store.

Copy a design you saw somewhere else
While it is perfectly acceptable to “borrow” ideas and incorporate inspiration you saw elsewhere, it is incredibly important that your home and space suits your personality. This is your home, and in order for you to be comfortable, the surroundings should elicit that emotion and sense of feeling.

You may see a design or style somewhere else and, yes, it may look absolutely incredible in your home. But if it’s not you, then it’s not a good fit. Again, this is not just a space…it’s your home and home interior design, and it should, in a sense, be a reflection of you.

Again, you may create something beautiful, but if it isn’t a true extension of who you are, it won’t work and, sooner rather than later, you’ll grow tired of it. You know what that means? It means you’ll have to go through the entire design process again, which more stress, more work and more money.

Even if you find the process to be fun — and it absolutely can and should be — you may find it loses its appeal if you’re doing it too frequently.

Work in a vacuum
This is your space and you are determined to truly create it by yourself. After all, just imagine the pride you’ll feel when the process is over and you can tell your friends that you did it without the help of anyone else. Such a tremendous accomplishment!


The truth is, the end result will be far greater if you enlist the help and solicit the feedback of others throughout the process. Sharing ideas and utilizing additional resources will absolutely pay off. As the old adage goes, two heads are better than one.

You have so many ideas, and some are probably great while others may not be. Getting other viewpoints, or even confirmation of your views, is extremely helpful.

Even professional designers work with others and share ideas.

So, don’t only be willing to ask for help, but actively seek it.

Get started before your plan is finalized
It’s understandable that you’re excited to transform your space, room or home. But doing so without a plan in place is a recipe for disaster. Your frustration will be far greater and your bank will be much smaller if you jump the gun.

Put your plan on paper. List out what you want to accomplish and what your looking to accomplish. Include as much detail as possible about every aspect of the design.

Does this sound like a lot of work? It can be, but it’s also a very important step that will prove invaluable in the long run, as you can enjoy your fresh new home interior design.