When entering a meticulously designed living room, we feel it right away: the perfect proportions giving the space a certain grandeur, the plush seating drawing us in, each well-appointed seat suggesting long lazy afternoons spent without having to leave the living room… A well-decorated living room is at once engaging and impressive, but it’s also familiar and safe. But, unfortunately, trying to copy this attention to detail in our own homes is another challenge. As much as we try to replicate the feelings we’ve experienced in certain rooms, there’s usually something that’s just off.
Very often the problem is in small details, which are easy to fix. So, let’s take a look at these mistakes:
Mistake #1. Too small rug
One of the main offenders in living room decorating is the poorly sized rug. Huge rugs can be expensive and can feel like such a scary commitment, but it is one of the most important aspects of a room.
Mistake #2. Selecting the wrong sofaGreat living room starts with a great sofa. In living rooms, a good sofa is a key to comfort, but it’s also central to how a room feels and looks. Tip for getting it right is to pay attention to sofa seat height and to draw a furniture floor plan before purchasing. Buying on impulse is great for accessories and side tables, but never for a sofa, as it can be a very costly mistake. It is also recommended to pay particular attention to the quality of the fabric and the timelessness of the shape.
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Mistake #3. Poorly planned layoutIt’s important to consider and create conversation groupings, especially if the room is long and narrow like many townhouses and lofts. It’s also very important to consider views from major seating elements. In a large open room, it’s nice to be able to sit on a favorite piece while addressing the rest of the room. In a small room, it’s important to consider the necessary window views.
Mistake #4. Hanging art incorrectlyArt hung the wrong way on a wall is like a character in a movie wearing a really bad wig. Yes, the art should be at eye level, but not if your ceilings are really low.
Mistake #5. Not mixing periods and stylesOften times people feel boxed in and limited by the architecture of their home and select furniture based on the home’s architecture and time period. The solution is to mix furniture styles with the style of architecture. When mixing new and vintage elements, pay attention to furniture heights, as traditional furniture is typically higher than modern pieces.
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