16 Terrible Mistakes When Designing Your Living Room That Make It Look Messy, Cheap And Kitsch!
When renovating a home, you concentrate more on emotion than on the basics of designing. That’s why your expectations are not met. Therefore, we have prepared for you the most common designing mistakes that you have not been paying attention to.
1. No carpet or poor choice of carpet
Small carpets bring imbalance in the room, so choose the right size of carpet for your room. Large carpets visually increase the room and the interior gets a complete shape.
2. Do not underestimate the power of cushions
Cushions for sofas are comfortable and create a relaxing atmosphere. When deciding about the type of cushions, think about your furniture. If it’s velvet or velour, do not buy cotton or linen textiles. For smaller furniture use less stuffed ones and for greater furniture chose large cushions.
3. The center of the room is too stressful
The living room requires a bright accent. It can be a fireplace, artwork, mirror, paintings- anything that is distracting. You can make a resting area, where you will emphasize the color contrast or some complex color combinations.
4. Old furniture upholstery
When replacing the upholstery, you can turn the room into a modern room with style. Change the pictures on the walls too, depending on the mood and season.
5. Plants in small pots
It is better to put big plants in pots, and put the small ones on the window frames. This will make your room look larger and more comfortable.
6. The only light in the room is the ceiling
Light creates atmosphere. Therefore, one should not rely solely on the chandelier in the middle of the room. Create lighting system elsewhere too (table, ceiling, floor, and the like).
7. Your TV is not in the right place
The most suitable location to place your TV is blank wall. Do not install it near a window, because it will be painful to the eyes and will prevent you to see clearly. The distance between the sofa and the TV depends on the size of the room.
8. Your sofa is placed against the wall
This rule applies to larger rooms. If you have a chance to set the sofa away from the walls, do so. You will enlarge the space visually and make it more comfortable. The sofa which is located along the wall creates a sense of being in some dance studio, not your living room.
9. Dark furniture in a living room with low ceiling
If you purchase dark-colored furniture in a room that has a lower ceiling, then you will make it look cramped. Opt for smaller chairs and sofas in bright or neutral colors.
10. Your curtains reduce the space
Seemingly insignificant things, such as the curtains greatly impact the appearance. It is important that the curtains are as wide as possible and to begin from the ceiling in order to make the room look bigger. Choose a lighter color than the rest of the furniture and textiles in the room.
11. Find furniture according to your design, not personal preferences
If a piece of furniture is beautiful, it does not necessarily fit your home. Make sure first that is comfortable – try it. Otherwise, they will rarely be used on the space they occupy.
12. Furniture without relevance
There is fashion in furniture. For example, bulky furniture that has big armrests has long been out of style so pay close attention to straight lines or sharper silhouettes. You can opt for a traditional sofa or some unexpected with modern colors.
13. Poorly placed paintings and pictures
The perfect position is 153 centimeters from the floor level (the center of the painting). If you are having a lot of paintings, create a gallery instead of ordinary frames.
14. Improper furniture
The most commonly made mistake is when people put furniture in the room that is not the correct size, particularly when it comes to sofas – because the rooms look smaller. If you have a larger living room, then you can afford to place large sofa. For the smaller rooms you should place smaller one.
15. Neglecting the functionality of the living room
If your living room is rectangular, you can correct the shape with the help of the cabinet or shelves – square shape is easier to create balance in. The Living and bedroom should always have large window and be away from the entrance. The working and living room should have smaller angles and an additional light source.
16. Maintaining one style
If you give priority to a particular style in the interior without deviation, the room will become uniform. Mix your favorite style with electric, retro, wooden and many other elements that will brighten up the room.