Laura Britt, RID, ASID:

"One of the most common design mistakes we see is with scale and proportion. This element of design applies to all aspects of a project, whether it is with scale and proportion of furnishings, kitchen details, or even accessories. Most people are afraid of going too big, but the old adage of 'bigger is better' sometimes does apply. Don’t be afraid to be bold!"


Gail Doby, ASID, Author of How to Design Your Perfect Interior:

"The biggest design mistake I see home enthusiasts make is working without having a budget, or without a realistic idea of what it takes to create a beautiful interior.  If they are hiring a professional, it's like working with a Realtor. You have to tell him or her what you're thinking of investing.  It's important to educate yourself about costs, and the internet makes it easy."


Rona J. Spiegel, ASID, CID:

"There are many common design mistakes, but one that glares out in a space is when artwork is hung improperly, either too high or too low. The art can be exactly right, but proprotion and scale are important for the art to work well in a space."

Darlene Molnar, Allied ASID:

"Mistake #1: Skipping the planning phase of design and succumbing to impulse buys. It’s better to have a complete concept developed before buying something you think you love on a whim only to realize later that it doesn’t coordinate or, in the worst case scenario, even fit in the room. Mistake #2: Painting before deciding on furniture and fabrics. It’s much easier to match paint to fabric than vice versa!"

Laura Gills, ASID:

"Never go shopping without a plan. Knowing your layout is the beginning of all good things."

Jennifer Reynolds, Allied ASID:

"It is uninspiring to walk into a space where everything is so new that it lacks the warmth and character of a room that has been thoughtfully composed with a vintage treasure or cherished antique. Adding just one precious heirloom or an original piece of art can help a room transcend from the ordinary into greatness. And isn’t it about how a space makes us feel that matters most?"


Antoinette C. Prisco, ASID:

"Never assume your workroom or contractors are 'on the same page.' Always check twice and keep up-to-date documents in everyone's hands, clients included. Information is power and the key to success."

Catherine Schager AKBD, Allied ASID:

"A big design mistake: Not being mindful of the scale of patterns in the room. Pattern scale should be varied to create interest."

Ann J. Chapdelaine, Allied ASID:

"Don't live with anything you hate just because someone gave it to you or you inherited it! Remove it from the room immediately and you will feel so much better."


Marcia Wood, Allied ASID, APLD, CAPS, NCNLA:

"Failure to have or address the focal point of the room. There either isn't one or there are too many. The space should work around a focal point."