30 Design Mistakes You Should Never Make from Houzz

This article came on my newsfeed this morning and I thought it was very interesting.  While I agree with most, I do not agree with all. There are as many opinions about design as there are people with opinions. 

Drop the paint can, step away from the brick and read this remodeling advice from people who’ve been there

April 21, 2016
There are a million and one things to consider when taking on a remodeling project. Some of those decisions have the potential to significantly impact your home — and in turn your emotional well-being — for years to come. It doesn’t matter how functional your new kitchen is, for example, if you hate the flooring material you chose. It’s going to eat away at you every single day.

In hopes of preventing these situations, we asked readers for design advice on things you should never, ever do during a remodel. Their suggestions are quite revealing, and worth considering. But remember, the thing about advice is that you don’t have to take it. After all, the main takeaway message here should be that no matter what, it’s your home. And you should do whatever you want. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you.

30 Design Mistakes You Should Never Make from Houzz



As an interior designer color is everything! As a homeowner and designer of my home, how it looks is important to me. This summer we had to replace the shingles on the water side of our beach cottage. Picture #1 shows the replaced shingles in a lovely wood color, which goes nicely with the house colors.

Along comes a painter. I told him I wanted them to look natural.  He had to power-wash the other three areas, which if you notice the lack of black paint on trim, now has to be repainted.  It was bad enough that the builder left out the round window on two ends of the house and garage, but now it looks like a very big seagull dropped more than once.

He idea of clear is shown in the next two photographs.  My idea is now the color combination is VERY bad.   Since I work in design and clients often come to my home studio, having a home where the colors do not work, does not work for me.  My choice is now, do I go ballistic at him, as he thinks it looks “rich” or do I just repaint the whole house ($$$)   The sample he showed me did not change the color of the wood.  When do painters have the right or think they do to change colors you select.

If I were not color expert, I might not mind the BS, but I do.  I told him to give me Value based from 1 to 10 on the two walls.  He agreed that the light and natural wall was about a 2 (1 being the lightest) and his new re-invented color was about a 6.  I told him, he did not have the right to make changes in my choices, but now I am stuck for the moment with a half done job that does not look good.

I also did not appreciate having to clean up cigarette butts from my yard, but that is doable, buy comparison.

Tell me, what would you?

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