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If you have been watching a lot of HGTV, you may have the urge to redecorate your home. Home design is a fun way to update the appearance of your home. Whether you are redecorating to put the house on the market or just want a change, redecorating can be a project. However, designing isn’t as easy as it looks on TV. Whether you don’t set aside enough money for the project or you underestimate its size, renovating mistakes can be devastating. However, there’s no need to worry because we have assembled five tips to help you in this process.

Understand the Scale of Your Project
According to ASID member Laura Britt, you have to understand the scale and proportion of your room. It is the basic element of achieving great home design.

Interior Design blogger Mary Cook recommends using The Golden Ratio to determine the scale of your design project. You may have already heard of the Golden Ratio in your freshman psychology class. It is often used to explain why supermodels and Tom Cruise are considered so beautiful. The Golden Ratio is the number 1.618 and appears everywhere from great works of art to natural occurrences. For some reason, when our brains see this ratio, we associate it as beautiful and look for ways to recreate it.

When you understand the Golden Ratio, it is going to help you determine the overall layout of your room. It will also determine how much you’re putting in there and where you’re going to put it.

Establish the Budget Before You Start
You cannot start redecorating without establishing a budget. The budget is going to determine how much you can actually change without breaking the bank. First, you need to decide how much you are willing to spend on the project or how much of the house you are going to redecorate. You should also set enough to cover any mishaps that could happen.

The size of the project will determine the size of the budget. Are you just doing one room? Or do you want to do the whole house? Are you going to buy new furniture or just reupholster the old? These are just some factors you need to consider before taking the dive. If you want all new furniture, be prepared to spend a lot more money.

You also need to consider whether or not you are going to do this yourself or if you will outsource it. If you hire an interior designer, then they need to be included in your budget–and they won’t come cheap. Even if hiring someone is out of the question, you should consider consulting a designer. He or she might be able to offer expert advice and other ideas you didn’t consider, which will help finalize your budget.

Avoid Clutter
This goes back to the scale and proportion of your room. You really need to know how much you can fit into a room before it gets too cluttered. Clutter doesn’t apply to just furniture. If you add too many throw pillows, paintings, or other accessories, your room is going to look crowded and too busy.

Again, this is why you may want to consult an interior designer before starting your project. Interior designers go to school for design and understand what will look right in your home. It is their job to tell you what size couch is going to fit just right in your new living room and why red might not be a good wall color. The point of home design is to make your house looks better, and clutter will never look good.

Get Rid of What You Don’t Want
We grow and change and so does our taste. If our tastes didn’t change we would still be wearing those awful gaucho pants from 2006. Redecorating comes with deciding what you are going to keep and what’s got to go. You are not obligated to keep any hand-me-down items or gifts from when you first bought your home. If you can’t find a way to work it into your new design, then you need to consider rehoming it.

If whatever you don’t want to keep is in good shape, go ahead and sell it. In fact, holding a yard sale is a great way to make a little extra cash for your redesign. But if selling is not an option for a certain piece, see if anyone else in your family or circle of friends would want it. You never know who’s already made mental claims for the stuff in your home. It’s your home and you are the one who makes the final decision.

Pick Your Paint Last
Unless you are renting and aren’t allowed to paint your walls, choosing a paint color is the most important part of home design. You might think the first thing you should do is pick the color you want your room to be. While it might seem useful to know the room color first–it really isn’t. Choosing your color first can really limit you other options, such as fabrics and other accessories. But if you pick your furniture, fabric, and wall art first, you can choose a wall color to pull all these elements together.

Now that you know how to avoid common home design mistakes, it is time to get started. Home design is a fun and creative way to make your home unique and fresh. Regardless of why you are redesigning your home, you need to know how to avoid the most common mistakes. Even the smallest mistake can lead to a big and costly disaster. However, knowing how to avoid the most common home design mistakes will help your project go smoothly, so it can be completed on time, and also prevent you from getting too stressed. Plan ahead and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. In the end, it is your home, and you should be happy with the final result.