Your home is a place of refuge and relaxation and you want it to look its best. When it comes to your living room there are some common design mistakes that can hinder you from making the most of its appearance. Here are some missteps to avoid.
Buying a Rug That’s Too Small
A rug can act as a foundation and anchor for your living room decor and furnishings, so it’s very important to get its size right. At minimum your rug should be large enough so that at least the front feet of your furniture can rest on its surface.
It’s very easy to fall in love with a rug and bring it home only to find that it’s just too small for your living room. This snafu can be easily avoided by simply measuring the dimensions of the area in your living room where you plan to place your rug before making your purchase.
Making Your Living Room Too Precious to Use
There’s nothing wrong with a stunningly beautiful living room—everyone deserves a space that not only suits their needs but feels like an elegant refuge. But, there’s a difference between a beautiful living room and one that you feel is too precious to use.
Although you want a pretty space, it’s important to make sure your living room is functional and fits your everyday life. So consider decorating using fabrics and rugs that can stand up to routine use, especially if you’ve got young children.
Hanging Curtains at the Wrong Height
If you hang your living room curtains just above your window frames you wouldn’t be alone. It’s a common practice, but doing so can close in your space.
Instead, consider moving things upward a little by hanging your curtain rods about six inches above the window frame. This can make your windows appear taller, and give your living room a feeling of added height and volume.
Keeping Outdated Light Fixtures
If you update your living room with new flooring, furniture, and accessories, but keep your stuck-in-the-90s light fixtures, you’re missing out on an easy and relatively inexpensive way to enhance the aesthetic of your living room.
Installing new light fixtures can be an opportunity to reflect more of your personal style. It will also give your updated living room a more cohesive design, which can only work in your favor should you decide to put your home on the market.