by Sophio Jokhadze, Freelance Interior Designer
House renovation can be exciting or exhausting, it all depends how well prepared we are for the steps and how well we understand what’s behind the beautiful “before and after” photos we see on the internet, that motivates us to accomplish the project.
The most common mistake people make is not consulting with an interior designer before starting their renovation. A trained professional will study the living space, knows how structures work and will recommend practical changes that make the home meet your goals. Every space has its own limitations, and perceiving it is the first step for a successful renovation.
Tips for Specific Areas
Living Room - First thing you need to consider is a convenient location for the TV. It must be an appropriate screen size considering a comfortable distance. Think of the TV as the focal point in the salon and avoid placing it opposite large windows, otherwise use proper shading. It’s also not recommended to place artwork near the TV screen, as it drags attention from your favorite movie. A TV stand or unit with shelves is a great idea and it displays your cherished accessories and books. Another common mistake is placing an undersized rug. At least the furniture’s front legs should be above the carpet.
Dining Room – We must differentiate the guest's dining and family dining area. Family dining should be dynamic and cozy at the same time, so avoid placing heavy tables. Round table will save you space and is family friendly. Guest dining area should be larger and more formal, sometimes it requires more investments, however if you are on budget, it’s better to customize the guest dining table with the most suitable design and size.
Bedroom – If you are an early riser, pick an Eastern facing bedroom, and you will receive the morning Sun. However, if you don’t want direct sunlight, absolute North is best. Northern direction would provide you with a cooler room and requires a less intensive cooling system. For bedroom renovation, creating essential storage is the most important part. Don’t hesitate to compromise some space of the bedroom, where you were originally thinking of placing a sofa, to turn it into a walk-in closet - it will give you a neat and less cluttered space. Lighting is another important aspect of a bedroom; use warm illumination if you want to relax and add a dimmer switch for more control.
Bathroom – bathroom renovation can be loud and messy, so be prepared for distressing noise when breaking the old tiles. Bathrooms nowadays are not only a ceramic sink and toilet; it grew into a private room filled with practical solutions for a relaxing bath experience. Combination of stand-alone bathtub with a large shower and an elegant hanging toilet has become the most demanding interior solution. If you are looking for cleanliness and efficiency, don’t forget the dual head shower and electronic faucet.
Kitchen – Keep in mind that beautiful kitchens don’t have a purpose unless they are functional, too! Don’t overlook the storage details: insert lazy Susan and pantry pullouts. Invest in a stain resistant countertop like quartz or solid surface. Want to have a quick breakfast? Extend the counter and place two bar chairs.