Monday, 15 February 2016

Three Most Common Living Room Design Mistakes

Whether you’re lounging on the sofa after a long day at work or you’re entertaining your family and friends, it’s likely your living room is one of the most well-used rooms in your home. With that in mind, this space needs to be comfy and cosy with an inviting atmosphere. However, it can be easy to get this wrong, leaving your living area feeling and looking uninspiring. To get the decor spot on, here are three design mistakes you’ll want to avoid.



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1. Poor Lighting

The lighting in your living room is crucial. In fact, poor lighting can make any room appear drab and uninviting. So that your living space is perfectly illuminated, you should give some careful thought to the type of lighting fixtures you have in this room. For example, instead of solely relying on overhead fixings, you could go for some wall lights or a free-standing floor lamp. Having light sources at different levels can help to create a warm glow throughout the room. If you’re looking for indoor lighting ideas, you could browse your local home furnishings store or visit an online retailer for inspiration.

2. Mismatching Styles

When it comes to your lounge area, it’s important to make sure your decor is just right. Mismatching styles in this room could be construed as a design faux pas, so to avoid making this mistake, you might want to stick to just one theme. For example, if your coffee table is a modern-looking, glass-topped work of art, it’s unlikely that it will look good next to a wooden TV unit with a distressed finish. Instead, decide which is more your taste and go with it. From modern and contemporary to vintage and traditional, whatever your preference is, you should ensure it runs throughout the whole room. Of course if you have a sense of eclectic design, throw caution to the wind, be bold and mix up everything!

3. Too Much Furniture

Filling your living room with too much furniture can make it feel cluttered and uncomfortable. To get the balance just right, you should aim to only include pieces that you definitely need. Keep in mind that less is more, so try to minimise the amount of furniture to the bare essentials, including a sofa or two, a coffee table and TV unit. If you have the space, you could include some extra seating, such as a statement armchair. Simplicity is key is you want to keep your living room looking fresh and stylish.

Taking these three tips into consideration could help you create the perfect living space without being an interior design expert.

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16 comments

  1. Totally agree on the lighting issue. Our overhead lights are terrible, eco-bulb things, so we put standard lamps in the corners. They were only cheap, but made a big difference!

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    1. My husband loves lots of different lighting in our living room. I must admit I love our free standing lighting as it makes such a big difference to reading.

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  2. I hate too much furniture in any room, I much prefer a minimalist approach x

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  3. We are slowly getting our living room how we like it. I think it's key to take things slow and buy things as and when rather than going in all guns blazing!

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    1. I have to admit I am an all guns blazing woman!

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  4. We definitely have too much furniture in our living room, great tips!

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  5. This is a really good post. For me a mistake is having the room looking really boring. If its a room you are going to be spending a lot of time in then its great to make it look interesting x

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    1. I think some people love lots of interesting items in a room but also there is something to be said for having quite neutral colours and simple furniture too.

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  6. Could not agree more!!! Lighting is so important, it can make room look totaly different! Mismaching styles - room is gonna look like grandma's house lol. Too much furniture is the worst though! I can't stand busy-looking places. thank you for a great post x

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  7. I think our living room suffers from one of those mistakes: too much furniture! I would love a living room with only a few items, but I must have our sofa, dining table, etc!
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  8. I think too much furniture is the key one, it can make any room seem small and cramped.

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  9. I love my lounge, it's inviting and all matches....it's just the ugly amount of toys in boxes or in their bookcase that I can't wait to get rid of. Eventually, everything will go in their rooms, but it's easier to have some downstairs where they play. Oh I can not wait to have a Grown Up lounge. Hahah

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