5 Mistakes that most people make when decorating their living-room

5 Mistakes that most people make when decorating their living-room

Interior designers spend their lives studying the little details that make a room perfect. A well-decorated living room is at once engaging and impressive, familiar and safe. Sometimes, what is off in our own living rooms can be difficult to pinpoint.

To shed some light on what’s commonly ailing our living rooms, I spoke to some interior designers and architects. This is the list of mistakes that they have noted over time in the course of their work.

Selecting the wrong sofa

A great living room starts with a good set of sofas.  A good sofa is key to comfort, but it’s also central to how a room feels and looks. Our tip for getting it right is to pay attention to sofa seat height (a low seat is hard to get in and out of) and to draw a furniture floor plan before purchasing.

Settling for a small carpet

Small carpets commonly known as small rug syndromes is something that can be easily avoided. Living rooms almost always need at least an 8-by-10-foot (if not a 9-by-12-foot) rug. Unless you have a tiny living room, stay away from anything under 6-by-9-feet.

Always try to invest in a large carpet which gives your home a uniform look.

Also Read: How to choose a colour scheme for your house

Hanging art incorrectly

Art hangs in the wrong way is just like a woman wearing the wrong shade of foundation on her face. It’s so hard to miss something like that because it’s really distracting.

While some agree that art should be hung at eye level, the stylist stresses that this doesn’t apply in every case. Yes, the art should be at eye level, but not if your ceilings are really low and not if you are really 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).

Not testing your living room arrangement

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 favourite piece while addressing the rest of the room.

In a small room, it’s important to consider the necessary window views. In a room with a fireplace, it’s often difficult to know where to put the large TV cabinets are cumbersome and don’t fool many.

Poorly hung curtains 

Always hang the curtain rod half a foot above the window frame. This will give the room a feeling of openness.

Hanging the curtain rod just above the window is a wrong idea as it makes the room look untidy and small.