Top 10 Interior Design Dos and “Don’ts”

Tim King, President

North Coast Building Industry Association – NCBIA –


Are you satisfied with your living space, but you think it could be better? You’re not alone.  A well-designed space is key to turning your house into your home. You don’t need a dramatic overhaul to your décor to improve its comfort and appeal. And the best spaces should always reflect your own personal style and touch. The following design tips can help turn your space from drab to dreamy.

Interior Design Do’s:

  • Plan and prioritize: Start by creating a clear plan for your space, considering functionality, aesthetics, and budget. Identify the most important elements you want to focus on and allocate resources accordingly.
  • Create a cohesive color scheme: Choose a harmonious color palette that is complementary and sets the mood you want for the space. Stick to a few key colors to avoid a cluttered look.
  • Incorporate natural elements: Bringing nature indoors can add warmth and tranquility. Consider using natural materials like wood, stone, or plants to create a connection with the outdoors.
  • Optimize lighting:  Use a combination of natural and artificial lighting to enhance the ambiance and functionality of the space. Incorporate task lighting, ambient lighting, and accent lighting for various purposes.
  • Invest in quality furniture: Good-quality furniture not only looks better but also lasts longer. Focus on comfort and durability when choosing pieces for your home.

Interior Design Don’ts:

  • Overcrowd the space: Avoid cluttering your rooms with too many unnecessary items. Leave enough breathing space to allow the design elements to shine.
  • Follow trends blindly: While it’s essential to stay updated with design trends, don’t feel obligated to incorporate them all. Choose elements that resonate with your style and preferences.
  • Neglect functionality: No matter how beautiful a design is, it should also be practical and functional. Ensure that the layout and furniture arrangement facilitate easy movement and usage.
  • Hang artwork incorrectly:  Artwork should be hung at eye level and should complement the furniture and the overall design theme.
  • Rely solely on overhead lighting: Overhead lighting can create harsh shadows and a one-dimensional feel. Mix various lighting sources to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

When it comes to interior design, what matters most is that you create spaces that reflect your personality and make you feel comfortable and happy. These do’s and don’ts can serve as general guidelines, but don’t be afraid to bend the rules if it leads to a space that truly resonates with you.

For more information on how to design or construct your home, contact the NCBIA.

We are your local not-for-profit trade association representing member companies involved in all aspects of home building, remodeling, and other aspects of services available to help you in the future as well as more information on the above topic.   So, you can see it is for your protection that you use a NCBIA member. If you are unsure that your contractor is a member of the NCBIA or you are looking for a list of NCBIA members, you can visit our website at – go to Members and then Member Search, or call 440-934-1090.   We also have a job posting board (under the industry tab).   

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