6 Living Room Decorating Mistakes To Avoid

Are you guilty of these decorating boo-boos?

Updated on December 26, 2018 8:12 am

Luisa Wong

6 Living Room Decorating Mistakes To Avoid

Your living room serves a lot of purpose. From entertaining guests to making sure that you spend time with your family, this space is an important part of your home. With all the decorating tips that can be found on the internet, you prolly have found yourself mixing and matching trends as well as styles. Well, you are not alone. Even professionals make mistakes.

Here are some of the boo-boos people commit when decorating their living rooms—plus, quick fixes you can do to enjoy your new and improved space:

1. Television as the focal point

Designing around your television does not mean that you have to make it the focal point of the room. Sometimes, the problem is that homeowners make this a focal point in the room with so many decorations hanging around it. The result: they can’t watch their favourite series properly. What you can do is to design first and add the TV later. With this, you can make your space stylish and accommodating, not cluttered or tight on space.

2. Too pale to function

Ah, yes, you’ve gone minimalist. But minimalist does not mean zero colour, right? You can still make your minimalist home modern and sleek by throwing splashes of colours here and there. You can give it personality by using colourful throw pillows if you are afraid to introduce a lot of colour to your room.

3. Wrong choice of sofa

A good sofa is the key to comfortable living. It also defines the look and feel of the room. However, impulse buying would often cause homemakers to choose the wrong one. To avoid this, choose something simple. Pay attention to the quality of the fabric and the shape. Avoid overly ornate details like curved legs, winged arms, tufts, and nail heads.

4. Poor lighting

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Overhead lighting in living rooms is great. But if that’s the only light source, then you have a problem. Your living room is not a dressing room. You can play with table and floor lamps to add brightness to your space. You can also install some dimmers to create drama. Different light sources, heights, and brightness will surely make your living room inviting—the way it should be.

5. Improper art placing

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Hanging art is also another way to enliven a space but when it’s too high, it just makes your visitor’s neck hurt to get a good view of it. Art should be hung at an eye level or the centre of the piece should be about 60 inches from the floor so that your guests will enjoy looking at its every detail.

6. Poorly sized rug

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Buying a rug that is too small is a major boo-boo in decorating your living room. Rugs can be expensive but it is one of the most important aspects of a room. As a rule of thumb, a living room rug should touch the front legs of every piece of furniture nearby but it is fine to go bigger.


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