Preventing Interior Design disasters

ImageHave you ever cringed when walking through a particular home or saw a showcase for a room in an Interior Design magazine that was just over the top? 

I believe that interior design is not simply a set of arbitrary ideas, an eclectic assortment of favorite objects, or a mimicking of current trends. Good design has a clear vocabulary; it is grounded in logic, aesthetic, and the work of well-trained eyes of architects, artists, builders and designers.

In every project I undertake my design philosophy works to blend

four basic elements of design: contrast, proportion, color and balance.

So, how do you avoid those design disasters when designing your interiors yourself?

 1-   Avoid overlooking room size:

Nothing appears to be far more out of position than household furniture previously bought for a small room installed in a fantastic family room. The furnishings that labored as part of your old home or condo could purely end up being out of scale for your spaces inside your new property, so bite the bullet and replace those items with furniture that makes sense.

2-   Wanting to match the modern trends:

Be careful to not produce a decorating template around the most current movements and fashions. Take the time to determine your personal style. Ways to explore this would be to research interior design publications, browse through home interior showrooms or look at online resources to determine which colors and styles you most favor. 

3-   Enabling someone else to make selections for you

Your home is your personal sanctuary. Don’t allow someone else to tell you what you MUST do. If you want support, ask for recommendations. However when the moment arrives to generate selections, they must be your own. It is your place and you should be comfortable with the options. 

4-   Avoid color mix up:

Never buy material, flooring or paint on your original visit at a store. Compare samples of paint and floor coverings to help you see how they look in your home under day and night lights with lighting fixtures.

5-   Running a project without a budget and a plan:

Survey your existing household furniture, establish a budget upfront and the time you will set aside for your project. Make a summary of your requirements and start working.

If the process gets overwhelming, feel free to reach to me for a private consultation. I will be glad to bring your dream project – reflecting your unique personality and lifestyle – home to stay!


Brigitte Beltran is a Professional Interior Designer and certified Feng Shui practitioner, founder of FS2D Design Group, Inc. Her consulting firm is located in Miami, Florida. She can be reached at 786.223.8476 or via email at



About fs2ddesigngroup

FS2D Group is a Residential and Commercial Interior Design practice with a Feng Shui Specialization. That means we design beautiful interiors that will improve your life and support you with well being, growth and empowerment. By integrating Feng Shui into our design, we provide our clients positive life outcomes through the adjustments of elements that impact us. This design approach for the Western lifestyle is inspired from the Eastern Art & Science of Feng Shui.
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