In this article, we will tell you how to notice these problems at the stage of planning the future interior in a modern style, how to avoid them, and, if they have already arisen, how to fix them.
We have written a detailed article about the most common mistakes in modern interior design and ways to solve them, which will be useful for novice interior designers and all people who plan to create a beautiful and comfortable interior in a modern style on their own. Also, the article is displayed for reading for those of you who have already planned repairs, but have not yet contacted a professional.
Mistake #1: Standard furniture does not fit in the room
When creating an interior design in a modern style, many people use built-in furniture. From this stage, all further problems begin, if you do not predict the dimensions of this furniture first, at the stage of choosing the layout of the future apartment.
To avoid the situation described above, you need to start work on the design with the development of a planning solution. If you develop a planning solution based on the dimensions of standard furniture, then you will not face the situation when the furniture needs to be made to order because the standard one does not fit. This will save you money, since custom-made furniture is many times more expensive than standard furniture, and time, since it will take quite a bit to make non-standard furniture.
Mistake #2: lighting devices can interfere with the opening of cabinet doors, windows and interior doors
In the creation of modern interior design, I often use overhead lamps or pendant lamps on long legs. The inconvenience arises due to the fact that the location of the lamps and the height of their surface mounts can interfere with opening the doors of kitchen or built-in cabinets, interior doors and windows. The problem is especially relevant if storage systems or interior doors are made at the height of the entire wall, that is, in the ceiling.
As a rule, this problem arises when the lowering of the ceiling was not foreseen when planning the placement of furniture. This can become a very serious problem, because visually everything will look good, and the window, for example, in your kitchen will not open due to an overhead light, and this is a real headache.
It is necessary to calculate in advance all the dimensions and height of the cabinets, lowering overhead lights, to take into account which side and how you will open the windows, doors and doors of the cabinets.
Remember, if you do not take into account all these points at the planning stage, then during implementation you will face additional costs, which will be necessary to replace a cabinet that does not open or to remove and replace with some other lamp – all this takes time, requires additional attachments.
Mistake #3: Using a large number of different finishing materials and textures
When creating their interior in a modern style, many people, due to ignorance, use too many different textures, use different color solutions, use several options for floor coverings.
At the same time, the essence of modern style in the interior is conciseness and simplicity, which allows the eye to rest.
Only certain elements stand out with a different color or texture to add an individual accent to the interior. A bright element can be one of the walls in the room or the end wall of the corridor. Bright decor elements look stylish and harmonious: pillows on the sofa, a lampshade, or bright textiles in the living room.
The main thing is to remember that to create an actual interior in which you will be comfortable, it is enough to use 2-3 color combinations.
Mistake #4: Not enough storage space
Hidden storage systems are one of the common solutions when creating an interior design in a modern style. They save space and help add more air to the interior, make it comfortable, not cluttered with a large number of multi-colored mezzanines. But, often such storage systems lead to a problem – there is no longer enough space to store things.
Even at the stage of thinking about the future planning of the apartment, calculate how much space you will need:
- how many things do you currently have in your apartment?
- what kind of cabinets and what size do you currently have
- how many people currently live and plan to live in this apartment in the future
- what pieces of furniture, appliances, and decor do you plan to place in the apartment (speakers, bedside tables, some iconic interior items for your family that you plan to fit into the new interior design of the apartment , etc.)
- remember how many souvenirs you bring back from vacations
Write down all the received data on a separate piece of paper, and use them when developing a plan for new storage systems. If this is not done, then after the cabinets have already been built into the walls and the renovation according to your design project has been completed, you will be faced with the fact that you have nowhere to put things. And you will have nowhere to put a new additional cabinet, since it will strongly stand out from the created interior and clutter up the space.
It is better to make storage places with a margin, so that you do not have problems with things.
Mistake No. 5: the development of the interior project is carried out without taking into account the budget
The modern interior seems inexpensive only at first glance. One of its main principles is freeing up space. This is done by creating built-in storage systems and equipment. Such systems require an individual approach and, often, the manufacture of furniture to order. And what is done individually and to order costs money.
To avoid unplanned expenses, you need to consciously approach the choice of style in the interior. We advise you to consult with professionals who deal with projects in different styles – you should know firsthand how much it will cost you to implement interior design in a modern style . Conduct analysis and find out which interior style fits better within your budget.
Mistake #6: excess furniture in the apartment
As we have already said above, one of the main principles of modern interior is freeing up space. Therefore, each piece of furniture should play its own functional role in your apartment. A large number of tables, lockers, etc. will be completely redundant and not needed within this style.
Think about what you are passionate about, what you plan to do in your apartment, what interests you have.
After that, think about what things you need in order to be able to do all the things you decided for yourself in point 1.
Try to optimize the resulting list: it is quite possible that some things you can use to solve several tasks at once – for example, combine the functions of a coffee table with a makeup table.
Mistake #7: total lack of sockets
The situation with a lack of sockets is familiar to almost everyone. If you did not foresee the necessary number of them at the planning stage, then you will have to face extension cords, tees and a whole web of wires lying all over the apartment.
At the development stage, think about what activities and in which part of the apartment you plan, for which of them you will need outlets.
For example, if you like to read by the window in a chair, then it will be logical to place a socket for a lamp there. In addition, now it is difficult for us to imagine our life without a phone, and it often sits down, and it is logical to keep it somewhere nearby on the charger while reading, so as not to run across the room when you receive an important call, etc. This means that two sockets should be provided near the window.
To solve all these issues, an electricity plan is created, which allows:
- hide all excess wires in convenient boxes during repairs
- create a convenient and functional system of connection to the electrical network in the apartment for all the devices you need.
Mistake No. 8: no embedded parts for built-in furniture are provided
The use of built-in or suspended furniture in modern interior design requires special embedded parts. Pledges are made of different materials, depending on the purposes for which they are needed. If you do not anticipate their presence at the stage of finishing, then difficulties will arise – you will not be able to attach cabinets to the wall, hang a beautiful structure from the ceiling, and installing all this on the floor will immediately steal the space created in vain.
Built-in furniture or any hanging or wall-mounted furniture or decor elements require special preparation of the walls, namely the built-in wall-mounted ones. It is necessary to anticipate their presence at the stage of creating a drawing of the future apartment, and immediately enter them into the project so as not to miss their installation at the stage of implementation.
Mistake #9: There is a big difference between a technical project and a design
During the development of interior design in a modern style, custom home builders should anticipate and try to hide not only storage systems, but also organically integrate equipment into the interior, modern indoor climate control systems (ventilation, air conditioners, Smart Home systems, etc. .d.)
Quite often the following happens: a designer creates a design project without taking into account the necessary technical solutions. Or he knows only the approximate location of technical devices and lowers the ceiling based not on exact data, but on words like “there will be an air conditioner somewhere here.”
This error becomes a problem not only at the stage of project implementation, but also at later stages of work on the project: the team implementing the project may notice a discrepancy between the design project and the technical plan during the repair process.
It is good if the team leaders point out to the customer the inconsistency of the design with the technical plan, and you have time to re-engage the designer so that he can quickly make adjustments to the design. Then only time will be spent.
Quite often, this mismatch is not noticed or ignored by the team that performs work on the project. And then it already becomes a real headache, because after the finishing treatment, to destroy the walls anew and carry out ventilation there is not only a waste of additional time, but also an unforeseen financial investment.
The correct sequence of work on the project:
- you develop an arrangement and layout plan for furniture
- give the received documents to technical specialists – based on them, they should offer you technical solutions: choose the appropriate equipment, make a plan for its location
- the developed documents are given to the designer to develop a design project based on clear dimensions of the built-in equipment.
Summarizing, remember that it is much cheaper to foresee all problems and mistakes in advance than to overpay and redo everything many times. This especially applies to interior design in a modern style , the strength of which is conciseness and functionality, and both of these concepts consist of the correct symbiosis of technical solutions with a design project.