The three biggest renovation mistakes, according to an expert

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There’s no doubt about it, renovating is big business in . With shows like The Block, House Rules, Selling Houses and many more, inspiration is everywhere.

These shows not only highlight the highs of renovating but also some of the pitfalls to be aware of – and I’m so glad they do. I think people are a lot more aware of what can go wrong with renovating these days, which is a very good thing.

But what I’ve noticed is that home renovators continue to make the same general mistakes during the process. It pains me to hear these stories when the remedies are so simple.

The three biggest mistakes people make when renovating? In no particular order, here they are.

Renovating one room at a time

Renovating one room at a time is a great idea, but choosing your colours and materials one room at a time isn’t. Designing your rooms piecemeal makes for an inconsistent and patchy overall look of your home.

I always recommend planning out your entire renovation at the beginning of the process – before you press the button on anything. This way, regardless of whether you do your renovation all at once or chip away at it over a period of time, it’ll look like it was all done at once and give you a complete and cohesive aesthetic in the long run.

If you want to renovate one room at a time, maybe sure you plan carefully at the beginning. Photo: Gillian van Niekerk

Copying the internet or magazine photos

Once again, getting ideas from the internet and magazines is a good idea. The trick is not to copy these photos exactly. Instead, consider what design elements you can use from the various images you like. Can you combine the wall colour from one image with the benchtop from another image, and a layout idea from yet another image?

These selections will need to work in a cohesive way so that all the colours and textures look good together. You should also consider whether the design you’ve chosen will work in with the architectural style of your home. For instance, if your home was built in the 1960s, then your renovation may include a subtle “nod” towards that era, rather than a completely modern design that doesn’t suit it at all.

Getting inspiration is great but don’t forget to consider what works best for your space. Photo: Stocksy

Make colour and materials selections from tiny samples

What might look like the perfect colour on a 10-centimetre to 20-centimetre square sample, may be completely wrong in a larger space. Have you ever painted a wall in a colour and then compared the finished wall to your tiny sample, thinking the painter got it wrong?

Luckily, repainting a wall is an easy fix. Sometimes you’ll find the exact combination of colours and finishes you’re going for in a showroom. But if not, it really can be a bit of a guessing game if design or colour selection isn’t your strong suit.

Imagine if you got your tiles wrong, or your kitchen cabinetry and stone benchtop? Now those are bigger, scarier mistakes to make!

When spending so much money on renovating your home (often upwards of $50,000-$60,000), it makes sense to seek professional design advice to set you in the right direction and help combat these three big no-no’s.

Be aware that samples don’t always look like the finished product. Photo: Stocksy

Jane Eyles-Bennett is an award-winning interior designer with over 25 years’ experience. She offers a new concept in interior design with her “We Design it. You Make it Happen” approach, specialising in exteriors, kitchens and bathrooms.

Contact Jane at [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘 or via her website.

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