Common Interior Design Mistakes

So you’re going to re-do that living room, den, kitchen, bedroom etc. Here is a list of common mistakes in re-designing any room, some of them are common to all rooms some are specific to certain rooms. We will start with the biggest mistake made by most do it yourselfers and even professional designers. My expertise is in Nautical Design but no matter what the theme there are common mistakes made with any theme.

LIGHTING – Lighting can be the one most significant part of any room. There is nothing like a well lit room, and the type of lighting and combination are endless. Whatever you do you will want the room to be well lit and inviting. In the living room you can add table lamp or floor lamp, track lighting is always important for those specific areas needing additional lighting. I would not recommend overhead lighting in the living room, however in the kitchen this really is a must along with under the cabinet lighting. When it comes to lighting more is better.

FURNITURE – One of the biggest mistakes with furniture is oversized for the room. Even a very large room can give the appearance of a very small room if oversized furniture is used. Do not go with the temptation to line up the furniture along the walls, major fault in most designs. If the room is very large break it up with the furniture an area for conversation with friends, a well lit area for reading, etc. Although traffic patterns are important it should not be the main concern.

HANGING PICTURES AND MIRRORS – There are two main mistakes made when it comes to hanging pictures or mirrors. First if you have a beautiful painting let it stand alone, you do not need 5 other pictures around it. Too much of a good thing can spoil the effect. Second hanging the pictures or mirrors to high. The general rule of thumb is to hang a picture or mirror 5 feet from the floor to the center of the piece that you are hanging. Make that wall art a focal point and do not forget the lighting. A good way to illuminate pictures is with tack lighting. This is one thing that is often forgotten and can completely ruin the effect.

COLOR COHESIVENESS – There must be a flow of color throughout the room. Pick your starting point, it could be the wall color that you just must have, or that furniture you cannot do without, or those curtains that will make the room look elegant. Bring color in from one piece to another, make them look attached. A good way to help that cohesiveness along is to use throw pillow on chairs and sofas, pick colors that match or complement your curtains and or furniture, or your wall coloring.

These are the four biggest mistakes made in re-decorating a room. For additional FREE tips and design aid you can visit my web site where I go into specific room and help you design that room you always wanted. Visit my web site at [http://www.shopnautical.com]. Thank you for taking the time to read my article comments are always welcomed.

The Absolute Importance of Proper Photography & Interior Design & Home Staging for More Showings!

Realtors, Home Owners, & Home Investors pay very close attention to this article, it will affect all of you in more way than one. If you are not technologically savvy or are some how unaware of it you need to become aware of it quickly.

With over 80% of all home sales being directly correlated to being listed in a real estate MLS database, and now that over 79% of all consumers are actively searching the internet and websites for premium homes, the photo of the homes in these databases featuring properties will be what actually determines if a home buyer or home shopper chooses to see your property. Most disturbing is the fact that by ignoring this simple irrefutable fact in modern internet marketing may altogether eliminate your beautiful home from prospective buyers should there be some less than effective photographic or staging/interior design elements that are lacking.

Properly staged homes (lighting, props, interior design) + proper photography (proper agent selection of camera angles, lighting, proper lens & camera selection & photographic techniques) now weigh in more than ever on a potential home buyers making it to your home to actually view your property.

The question to be asked now is: Does the home I am selling look as good or better than the majority of competing properties. If not, potential home buyers may actually choose simply by the interior design and photographic expertise employed to see other properties.

Of course home price is still the largest determining factor, buyers with discerning tastes and no interest in fix-up properties or homes that may be perceived as less than “perfect” will not be getting the amount of buyers through the doors to effectuate a sale. Also considering that 62% of all home buyers are couples and 22% of all first time buyers are single females, anyone who ignores the new dynamics in internet marketing will be missing out on attracting these important buyers by failing recognize these new variables in the information age of marketing.

Cutting corners on not hiring a professional staging company or at least taking the time to either do it yourself or find a friend or family member help with the interior design/staging element could result in less than effective marketing results. Two more points are to remember to concentrate on proper lighting and the proper use of props where available. The consensus from most realtors that I have discussed this topic with is that it really comes down to being flexible mentally and using a lot of creativity and setting the time aside in your schedule where you can experiment with how the home looks through the camera frame. Many people are in such a rush to move that by ignoring the simple fact that this home will be on the world wide web with buyers actively searching 24/7 it may be one of the most important and under rated decision home buyers make when allocating resources towards attracting more buyers to the home. My opinion on this is that the more buyers who select you on their computer will = more people printing it out on paper or e-mailing it to their real estate professional for them to set up a showing appointment.

More showing appointments lead to more opportunities for a full price offer. “Change is going on all around us, let’s see that change and adjust quickly”, says Rick LeForce, my husband and local real estate broker here in Phoenix, Arizona.

Rick was recently highlighted in a local investor group as a keynote speaker:

“Investors, if you want to be able to see what properties to concentrate on after the home has been on the market for 90 days and will be there for another 90 days, look at the photos & the interior design, odds will be that seller will be ready to consider a discounted offer around the 180 day mark”

-Rick LeForce

West Virginia Design Schools

West Virginia is home to a number of design firsts. Did you know that one of the first suspension bridges in the world was erected in 1849 in Wheeling, WV? The first electric railroad in the world was built in here and the first brick street on the world was laid in Charleston, WV. And talk about art and design — West Virginia is home to the world’s only residence made entirely of coal. Occupied on June 1, 1961, Coal House is located in White Sulphur Springs, WV. With an abundance of unique and innovate design within the borders, it’s no wonder the state is also home to some of the nation’s top design schools.

The Department of Design at West Virginia University and Concord University- Department of Design are the state’s pride and joy when it comes to design programs. Established in 1867 (WVU) and 1872 (Concord), these popular institutions enroll roughly 200 hand-picked design students each year. Overall, the state has a total undergraduate student population of nearly more than 100,000. These students attend the 23 public and 21 private institutions. Across the nation, undergraduate art and design school enrollment is 110,273.

WVU, Concord and other West Virginia design schools offer degree programs ranging from architecture to sculpture. Design students may earn a degree in graphic design, interior design, web design, drawing, illustration, multimedia and film, ceramics, jewelry making, photography, printmaking, metalsmithing, and painting. The costs for these programs vary by school, but on average, design students can expect to shell out around $4,377 per academic year at a public school $15,296 per academic year at a private school.

Fortunately, tuition rates are lower than the national average. The average tuition for public four-year schools across the nation is $5,950. For private schools, students pay $21,588 on average. West Virginia students may pay even less by completing all or part of the degree program online. Online students save a significant amount of money each year by eliminating room and board costs as well as transportation. Room and board costs average around $7,049 per academic year.

To get started on a design career, you should select a school. If you would like to explore options outside of the top schools listed above, you can browse through listings by visiting college directories or college ranking websites such as U.S. News & World Report or Design-schools.us. After you have selected several options, be sure to visit the school’s official website to begin the application process. Most directories and ranking websites feature links to each school’s official website.