Daousser Chennoufi, chairman and architect at Draw Link Group explores eight mistakes made in interior design today:
1. Overused trends and designs – Everything from color, lighting, room size, and placement affect how items look in a room and dictates whether they will make or break a room design. The most important element amongst everything else is creativity. Not all current trends are inspiring, so it is important to indulge in creativity and to add your own signature style to a room.
2. Reality ignored – Sometimes the most prominent designs might not necessarily work for the location from either an aesthetic or cost perspective. It is important to understand what is in demand in the market, before supplying something which may be completely irrelevant.
3. Noncompliance of municipality and authorities’ rules and regulations – This is a mistake that is commonly made today. Designers need to understand and comply with all authority regulations and obtain permits as required to fit the safety and quality codes governed today.
4. Designing for the sake of designing– Almost every established designer has their own signature style, however all projects delivered should prioritize the end user. A successful design does not only focus on the “wow-factor” but on the functionality and comfort level provided.
5. Dismissing a client’s overall image and style – Every concept must be designed to fit the client’s unique brand identity and style. Influences and culture from the location and client/brand should always be embedded in the design in one way or another.
6. Not allowing enough time for the design process – Effective interior designing requires a lot of planning and organization. If you rush through a few steps, you may find yourself making decisions that have unfortunate consequences.
7. Outdated designs and trends – While it’s important to not replicate, it is also equally important to keep an open mind. Keeping up-to-date with the latest trends on products via online publications and of course the major annual international trade fairs, such as Salone del Mobile in Milan, will provide you with access to the latest products and materials.
8. Disregarding sustainability –It is becoming more and more apparent how damaging the construction industry has been on the environment to date. All responsible designers should try and implement sustainable methods from the initial conception of a project. Sourcing locally produced products as much as possible, and reducing the depletion of critical resources like energy, water and raw materials, minimizes negative impact on society, the environment and the economy.