Living Room Design: Common Mistakes to Avoid

A living room is one the most used spaces in a house and as a result, it is essential to give it a good layout. However, there are many mistakes that we can make whole designing our living space. So, here’s some common mistakes that you should avoid at all costs!

#1. Choosing the Wrong Sofa

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All home designers agree that a great living room starts with a great sofa. Indeed, a sofa plays a prominent role when it comes to designing a living room.

However, why do you think David John Dick from Disc Interiors, an interior design firm, said the following: “ We hear from time to time again from our clients how the sofa they purchased was not comfortable or was too big, or too small for the room.”

You might already know that a good sofa is not only the key to comfort in a living room but can also set the mood and enhance the space. However, how many times have we made the wrong choices? For instance, we might think we know exactly what we need, but once we walk into a shop or search for products online, the various designs, sizes and shapes become too overwhelming for us.

I recommend paying attention to the timelessness of the shape, quality of the fabric, and, obviously, the sofa’s size. Suppose you have a very big living area, you will need to decide precisely how much of the space you want your sofa to fill.

#2. Choosing a Rug That Is Too Small

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If you ask me, one of the primary offenders in a living room décor is a poorly-sized rug. For instance, Emily Henderson, an interior designer, claimed that, “America has been suffering for too long from the “small rug” syndrome.”

A rug is one of the most important aspects of a design that can not only enhance the appearance of the living room and add depth to the space but it can also create a welcoming balance. However, without realizing it, a mistake that people often tend to make is to skimp on the rug size.

Now, I know that huge rugs can be costly and can certainly feel like such a scary commitment, but compared to small ones, large rugs can visually expand a living room space and add a layer of sophistication and elegance to the interior design of a home. So, here is the key: always try to choose at least an 8 by 10 feet rug and unless you have a tiny room, do not pick anything under 6 by 9 feet.

#3. Using Too Many Throw Pillows

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I agree that throw pillows can serve both a functional and aesthetic purpose. They are great decorative elements that can be used to tie in color accents within a space. However, this doesn’t mean that you should just go and throw in a bunch of pillows in your living room.

#4. Creating a Television Shrine

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Who doesn’t like to spend time in front of the television after a hard and long day of work? Or, how many housewives can let their food burn but will not miss one second of their favorite TV show? Indeed, we all love television and cannot imagine our lives without it. But, that doesn’t mean we should create a whole theatre in the living area.

I am not asking you not to add a TV in your living room as I know it is pretty much a necessity. But what I am telling you is that not all of your furniture has to face the television and you can rather make conversational areas with your furnishings and accessories so as you can have more family time.

Will you take our tips into consideration? Please share your comments!



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