Avoid These 10 Common Interior Design Mistakes

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Subject: Room design solved

You'll never make a mistake if you "stage" your rooms as if you were putting your house up for sale. Goodbye hard decisions, wild wall colors, weird furniture (well, depending on the market you are selling into). And you have a terrific and scary reason for all "why did you .." questions.


Subject: Wall Paint

What is wrong with Egg Shell walls? I am an artist and white makes my paintings stand out, like my own little gallery.


Subject: Eggshell Wall Paint

I thinks whites are fine. I find it soothing--one less distraction when I'm in a room, and one less design element to consider when decorating. And if whites aren't so de rigueur, why do paint companies keep coming up with new ones?

Kimberly Scott

Subject: Home Decore

HELP.... I'm making some renovations in my home but I don't have a clue as to wall colors, want to hang and where....


Subject: Home Decor

Hi Kimberly - I am not a designer but have been totally renovating my home and know EXACTLY what you mean. I found a couple of things that help when starting from scratch with colors, etc. Sometimes sticking with neutrals on the walls seems boring, but it does allow you the most freedom with furniture colors and accessories, so, for some rooms, picking out a pale gray, beige, or cream really does work. But, if you want to work with a stronger color, I found that a great rug, a favorite piece of artwork, or a pillow with a colorful design you love, can be a great and really easy inspiration, because, the whole palette has been worked out for you already, just pick out a couple of colors. If you want to play it safe, pick out the most neutral color in your inspiration piece for your walls, or, if you want to go for more color, pick out a color from the piece and put a lighter shade of it on the walls. Also - check out Pinterest and Houzz, search for rooms in the paint colors that you are considering, so you can see what they look like in a whole room, and how those rooms are decorated. Sometimes a great color isn't so great when it covers a whole room! I hope this helps you get started!

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.