Design mistakes to avoid

If you’re tackling a do-it-yourself redesign, the first place to start is to take some advice from the pros on design mistakes to avoid.

Too often, DIYers will jump into a project without knowing the things they should not do. Do you pick the paint colour first? (Usually not.) Should you follow a trend? (That depends.) A matched set is good, right? (Probably not.)

Designers Yanic Simard, Jane Lockhart, Neil Jonsohn and Judith Taylor weigh in with their top decorating mistakes and how to avoid them.

Yanic Simard: 7 major decorating mistakes

Jane Lockhart & Neil Jonsohn: 10 common design mistakes

Judith Taylor: Top 10 design don’ts