Thinking of decorating your living room? Getting the right balance of coziness and practicality isn’t always easy. Below are a few decorating mistakes to avoid when furnishing your living room.
Not measuring before buying furniture
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is failing to measure. Sofas and tables can often look smaller in a large showroom and it’s easy to misjudge just how big they are. Those who don’t measure can sometimes have a nasty surprise when they realize the sofa or table that they ordered won’t fit in their home. Make sure to measure the space before shopping for furniture (it’s also worth measuring any doorways or corridors so that you know you can get it into your home).
Choosing mismatched styles that clash
It’s important that styles of living room furnishings don’t clash. For example, if you’re investing in luxurious Italian furniture, you want to match this with equally sophisticated furniture, otherwise it will look out of place. On top of the choice of colors and materials, you should consider the size of furniture – you don’t want to pair a low sofa with a high armchair.
Going too big with your TV
When it comes to TVs, bigger is not always better. In a small room, it’s often better to have a slightly smaller screen – if you’re too close to the screen and the screen is huge, you won’t be able to take it all in at once and it could make movies and TV shows disorienting. Use this TV size guide to help you find the perfect screen size.
Going too small with your rug
Small rugs are best reserved for hallways. In a living room, your rug should be the same size or slightly bigger than your sofa. This means that if you’ve got a big sofa, you need a big rug. Rugs can be placed directly underneath sofas or in front.
Relying a single overhead light
In most living rooms, a single overhead light is enough to illuminate a room at night. Table lamps and floor lamps can help to add extra light to areas where you need them. You also have the option to turn off the overhead light and just use lamps, which could save energy.
Leaving walls empty
Empty walls will leave your living room feeling uninspired and unfinished. If you’ve got an empty wall in your living room, consider hanging some art on it or hanging some photographs on it. Alternatively, you could turn it into a statement wall by adding some wallpaper, adding a mural or even exposing the brickwork.
Choosing fussy furnishings when you have pets/kids
If you’ve got pets or kids, you want to make sure that your floors and furniture are easy to clean. Deep pile rugs could be a nightmare to clean food and hair out of, while delicate fabric sofas are likely to rip and stain easily. Try to choose low maintenance options like leather or microfiber sofas and machine washable rugs.