Interior Design Emergencies in San Miguel de Allende

Interior Design Emergencies in San Miguel de Allende

It’s a bit perplexing what’s happening in this day and age with interior design everywhere in the world. Instead of proceeding in the expected way—like asking attorneys to help us with legal matters or accountants for help with filing our taxes, for example—somehow many people think that they should intuitively know how to do everything that has to do with interior design. I call this “The Martha Stewart Syndrome.” It can generate many time-consuming and costly mistakes.

There are some common interior design challenges people find in their San Miguel de Allende homes. For example: many houses here have Saltillo tile floors and exposed bricks. The paint color on the walls reflects the red tile floors and brick bóveda ceilings to create a pink tint in the entire room. Areas with limited light can make yellow look green, brown look like baby poo, and gray look like taupe. Most homes in Mexico cannot be painted in a “one-color-fits-all” scheme. The areas have to have different colors, but they have to complement each other in order for them to work in the right way.

I constantly hear from clients who have moved here after they have listened to advice from their acquaintances. Many of them are people who do not know that the tradespeople here are like people anywhere in the world: you can get the best or the worst. It breaks my heart to see expats bring into Mexico the cheapest fiberboard furniture from the US (probably made in China) when they could have had real furniture made here. Your San Miguel house is big and beautiful and in comes the cheapest, tackiest furniture. It’s an understandable mistake, but it’s still sad and frustrating.

Mexico has great fabrics available for half the price of what they would cost in the US: blends of cotton, linens, upholstery fabrics of many strengths and colors. The Mexican woodwork and ironwork is second to none in the world, the Mexican seamstresses are absolutely gifted…. Keep all this in mind when making decisions about interior design before moving to San Miguelit can only benefit you.

Lesley B Fay, Interior Designer
lesley@lesleybfaydesign.com. 121 9297
lesleybfaydesign.com.

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