When hearing the word “renovation” many of us get chills down our spines. Perhaps that’s the reason why many people prefer to use the services of professionals when starting another repair at home. Not only will these pros help to save time, but they’ll also save the good relationships we have with our relatives, as well as our nerve cells. At the same time, those who are used to doing everything themselves should know that there are some details that will let even a beginner designer understand that the renovation was done by an amateur.

We at Enlighten couldn’t just pass by this topic of current interest and created a list of things that people don’t give enough attention to: the details that reveal an amateur renovation.

Plastic windowsills

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Plastic windowsills tend to lose their initial look over time. They turn yellow and get cracks, stains, and ingrained spots on them. Despite their availability and cost-effectiveness, this kind of solution looks simple and ordinary, and sometimes it can even be dangerous. For example, mirrors, bottles, and jars with water left on them can provoke the ignition of plastic in hot weather.

Today’s market offers a bunch of alternative options: from natural stone and wood to their high-quality analogs, which will make the interior look unique and unusual.

Sockets that were not meant for the bathroom.

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It’s recommended that you install sockets that are covered with special protective lids in bathrooms and other places with high levels of humidity. The so-called waterproof sockets can be bought in a specialized store, and their cost doesn’t differ much from the price of ordinary ones. Make sure to pay attention to the class of protection, which is indicated on a socket’s case with a special marking: the letters IP and 2 digits. It’s recommended to use the sockets of at least the 4th level of protection in bathrooms.

Hot hidden wires and cable clamps

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This widespread way of securing cables to walls gives away an amateur attitude toward renovation and interior design, at first glance. Plastic clamps look cheap and oftentimes tend to fall out of the wall, which is extremely dangerous if there is a kid or an animal in the apartment. Apart from this, the holes in the walls can only be removed during another renovation.

Numerous power strips

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Numerous power strips indicate that the apartment lacks the necessary amount of outlets, which were not done during the last renovation. Oftentimes, old apartments only have 2-3 sockets in one room, which might not be enough in the modern world. It’s actually one of the first aspects that professional designers think about before starting a renovation. All because not only do they spoil the overall look of the apartment, but they also get tangled, take up space underfoot, and can also lead to a fire (as a result of incorrect usage).

Unevenly whitened ceiling

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The times when everyone would whiten their ceilings are gone. Today there are many ways to decorate them starting from suspended and stretch ceilings to finishing them with plasterboard. They are perfect at hiding uneven surfaces, wiring, pipes, and joints at the junction of plates. Don’t be afraid to experiment because apart from aesthetic properties, a correctly chosen ceiling can help widen the space and make it feel cozier.

Linoleum flooring

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This widespread type of flooring has only 2 advantages: affordability and easy installation. However, their look is unpresentable, they are not durable, and they are very slippery (increasing the risk for injury) and this cancels out all the pros of this cheap designer solution. It’s possible to use it as a temporary option, but it is better to consider other types of flooring like laminate, parquet, or ceramic tile as a temporary option. Additionally, self-leveling and cork floors are currently becoming popular among designers and their clients.

A single light source in a room