Sometimes when you are overwhelmed with ideas, you tend to make design mistakes you regret which costs you a lot of money and effort. Here are 10 mistakes you should avoid at all cost!
1. Selecting the Wrong Sofa
A great living room starts with a great sofa. Normally when we first move into a house, we already have a sofa that we want to work with or one that we don’t want to replace because it’s not that old and we don’t mind to have it. Sometimes the sofa we purchased in the past can be uncomfortable, too big or too small for the room.
In living rooms, a good comfortable sofa is key, but it also depends on how a room feels and looks at the end of the day. Always draw up a furniture floor plan before purchasing. Make sure you pay special attention to sofa seat height (a low seat is hard to get in and out of). Buying on impulse is great for accessories and side tables, but never for a sofa, as it can be a very costly mistake.
2. Falling into the Showroom Look
Another mistake that plagues living rooms everywhere, according to New York–based architect Elizabeth Roberts, is the "showroom feel." In other words, a room that looks like it's all been purchased from the same store. It's important to us to mix new and vintage elements in order to create an interesting, eclectic, and individualized room. You want a room where it screams you, where you can look at every piece you bought as a personal design statement. Look to Pinterest or Tumblr for design ideas to start on your personalising journey.
3. Buying a Rug That’s Too Small
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 according to the stylist, it's one of the most important aspects of a room. Unless you have a tiny living room, stay away from anything under half of your living room size. A small rug might be fine next to a bed, in a kitchen, or in an entrance, but it will assuredly not work in your living room.
4. Poorly Planning Your Layout
While it may be tempting to push a sofa against a wall facing the TV stand and call it a day, there is more involved in planning a great living room layout. It's important to consider and create conversation groupings, especially if the room is long and narrow.
5. Hanging Art Incorrectly
Art hung the wrong way on a wall is like a character in a movie wearing a bad wig. It's just kind of hard not to see it, and you wish so bad you could just rip it off, knowing that everything would be so much better without it. It doesn't ruin your experience, but it's just terribly distracting. The art should be at eye level, but not if your ceilings are low and not if you are tall. If the wall were cut up vertically into four sections (going from bottom to top), think of the art being in the third quadrant (counting from the floor).
6. Not Testing Your Living Room Arrangement
It's 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.
7. Overlooking Smaller Items
To avoid feeling like you're in a store, leave adequate room for lighting, textiles, and accessories after large items are selected. The small pieces are what add personality. We also prefer to light the living room with low lighting instead of overhead light. Floor lamps and table lamps are best for living rooms.
8. Overthinking the Sofa
Everyone loves a simple sofa because they are so easy to style. Stay away from overly ornate details like curved legs, winged arms, tufts, and nail heads. Keeping it simple are sometimes the best way to go extra when accessorising with sofa throw and cushions.
9. Not Hanging Curtains Properly
Hanging curtain rods just above the window can close in a space. Instead, hang the rod half a foot above the window frame. This will give the room a feeling of openness.
10. Choosing Harsh Lighting
Updating lighting fixtures can be an inexpensive way to really help improve the overall aesthetic of any space, as well as give a sense of sophisticated elegance and comfort. It's also one of the most often overlooked design features, yet most versatile.
It's easy for someone to give their opinion on what is wrong and right however at the end of the day. You are the most comfortable at your home, make it a space where you can relax and be happy in. Take pride in your space and embrace it.