The living room is likely where you and your family spend the most time in your home. It’s also a room that often serves multiple purposes, especially in times like these. That’s why there’s a lot to take into consideration when decorating a space with so much going on.
Even if you have a clear vision and follow all the design rules, there are still a lot of ways things can go wrong. Here are the top six living room design DON’Ts to help you make your living room look its best and avoid design disasters.
Don’t Start Without A Plan
So much happens in the living room that, if you don’t have a plan, you could end up with a space that isn’t comfortable or functional. Take some time to list all the different ways your family uses the living room. Then decide what furniture you need for each activity to be performed comfortably.
Once you have a firm idea of your living room goals, measure the space carefully. Don’t forget to also measure any furniture that will be staying in the room. Now make a rough sketch of the space to ensure everything fits. Additionally, note the flow of traffic and make sure you can move easily throughout the room before adding any new furniture.
Don’t Shop Before Finding Your Style
Do you want a living room that makes you smile every time you walk in? The secret is to establish your design style and color scheme before you start decorating. Working with a defined style and set of colors will create a cohesive space where each choice looks intentional. If you’re having a hard time deciding on one design style, remember, it’s OK to combine styles.
Don’t Skimp on Comfort
No matter how pretty it is, uncomfortable furniture will never make you happy. If you purchase furniture based on looks alone, you might end up with a living room you don’t want to spend time in. To ensure you don’t regret your choices, always test furniture before buying. Don’t be afraid to get comfortable and stretch out or curl up the way you would at home.
While it can be daunting to purchase a large-scale item like a sofa, the old adage that you get what you pay for is often true. It’s worth paying a little more for well-made furniture that will stand the test of time.
Don’t Be Afraid to Splurge on A Bigger Rug
Area rugs can help tie a room together, define a color scheme, or make a big style statement. But because they can be costly, many people choose rugs that are too small for the room. To ensure you have the right size area rug for your living room, use painters’ tape to help you envision the size. You want the rug to be large enough so that the front legs of each piece of furniture sit on it.
If you have an open concept home, you’ll want to go even bigger. Ensure all your furniture sits fully on the rug to help define different living spaces. But, remember to leave at least a foot of bare floor between the edge of the rug and the walls.
Don’t Settle for One Type of Lighting
You probably don’t even realize how much the right lighting can transform your home. So often, the living room includes a single overhead light or a lone lamp in the corner. But ideal lighting consists of overall lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting.
Banish shadows and dark corners with a variety of different light sources, including overhead lights, wall sconces, as well as floor and table lamps. This will create a good ambiance and give you ample lighting for any activity that may occur in the room.
Don’t Forget to Accessorize
This is where all the magic happens. Accessories are what take your living room from merely functional to totally fabulous. This includes everything from pillows and throws to art and decor. And of course, plants.
While the room might function without them, these extras add texture, color, and help express your style. And they are what make all the difference between a room you love and one that feels like it’s missing something.