Designing and watching your own custom home come to life is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. With so many details, it can be easy to make a mistake. That’s why Ridgeline Homes is here to help! Here are some common interior design mistakes you should make sure you avoid.

A living room with a cognac leather couch, gold bookcase, gold geometric chandelier, white marble coffee table and blue walls.

The heights of the bookcase, plant, light fixture, and coffee table help to move your eyes around the room and make it visually interesting. 

Making Everything the Same Height

When it comes to building and designing your home, it can be easy to overlook something like this. But if everything in the room is the same height, then it’s visually all on the same plane and there’s nowhere for the eye to go. This can make the look room uninteresting and make it feel stunted.

Vary the height and pieces in your home to keep it interesting. Include tall bookcases, light fixtures that make a statement, or even a few open shelves in your kitchen rather than all cabinets. This will not make it more interesting, but add levels and improve the atmosphere in it.

Bad Lighting

This is truly one of the biggest interior design mistakes. Often times lighting is left as an afterthought when it should be one of the first things you should consider when building your custom home. Lighting truly makes a world of a difference and can transform a space. The real trick is to layer your lighting. When you have different light sources that serve different purposes, they can all work together to create a wonderful ambiance in your home.

With Ridgeline Custom homes, natural lighting is something you can be sure to look forward to. But to really optimize the natural light during the day, use mirrors to bounce the light around your rooms. Main lights will ensure the least amount of shadowy spaces, and we can help you plan where they’re placed. Task lighting will help you carry out, well, tasks. Pendant lighting above a kitchen island is a great example of task lighting. And ambient lighting, like floor lamps and table lamps, will be all yours to add small soft touches to your rooms. It may sound like a lot, but combining all these lighting elements will transform your home and create an incredible light scheme you’re sure to love.

Picking Form over Function

Picking the right balance of form and function is something every homeowner will play with. However, this is one of the interior design mistakes form lovers should really pay attention to. White chairs, cream rugs, and glass coffee tables look amazing. But if you like to entertain or have children, these style choices aren’t the wisest. How you use your room should be the primary thought in how you decorate. Creating a practical design that works for you and your family should be the most important thing, so don’t lose sight of that as you shop for your custom home.

Following Fads

Trends are fun and an inevitable part of the times we live in. Interior styles evolve and the trends represent what we are drawn to now. However, you should be wary of following fads. A fad is something that becomes extremely popular quickly but fizzles away just as fast. A trend can be in style for many years. It’s important to us that you love your custom home for years to come. So when you have a hand in designing your home, think about if you’ll still love what you’re choosing in 5 years.

A monochromatic living room with a gray couch.

Although neutral, the warmth in the yellow-white wall color and wood coffee table help create an inviting room. 


Getting Colors Wrong

One of the common interior design mistakes we urge you to avoid is getting your colors wrong. A room that is completely void of color can give off a cold, lifeless look and feel. On the other hand, a room with too much color becomes overwhelming.

You can have a room that focuses on a neutral color palette that is warm and inviting. The same goes for a room that uses bold colors that offers a relaxing atmosphere. It’s all about striking the right balance and getting the right mix of colors. At Ridgeline Homes, we can help you find the perfect balance for your home during the design process.

Create Your Perfect Home with Ridgeline Homes

These are just a few of the common interior design mistakes you should avoid. At Ridgeline Homes, we can help you avoid these mistakes from the get-go and create your own custom home you will love. We’re based in Montrose, Colorado, and are ready to start this exciting process with you.

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