Decorating Mistakes: The Living Room

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  1. Leaving out the color. Don’t be afraid to add color to the living room. Minimalist isn’t a bad idea; however, you wouldn’t want your living room to be boring, especially if you entertain often. We’re not saying you need to paint in bold colors, but consider pops of color throughout the room – throw pillows, artwork, eclectic furniture, etc.
  2. Making everything match. Switch up the texture, size, and time period of your living room furniture. You’ll be surprised how well it all works together!
  3. Having only overhead lighting. Add table lamps and/or floor lamps, install some dimmers. When light sources differ in height and brightness, it adds a nice warm glow to the room.
  4. Pushing furniture against the wall. While it seems to create more space by arranging everything against the wall, it makes the room look too formal for a living room. Move pieces together to create a cozy area for guests to chat during their visit to your home.
  5. Leaving out end tables. This is perfect for those who enjoy entertaining; after all, you wouldn’t want your guests to be stuck holding their drink the entire time they’re visiting. This puts your furniture at risk of spills and stains.
  6. Hanging art too high. Don’t place your pieces of artwork so high that guests have to strain or stand on the tips of their toes to see it and appreciate it. It is ideal to hang pieces around 60 inches from the floor.
  7. Using rugs that are too small for the room. Rugs are expensive, especially ones that are larger in size. If the rug proportions are off, however, the rug can easily throw off the décor in the room. The ideal living room rug should touch the front legs of every piece of furniture that’s in close proximity. If you would rather go a bit larger, that’s fine too.
  8. Buying furniture that serves no purpose in the room. Maybe you purchased a desk that you never sit in or a chair that looks stylish but is never used because it’s uncomfortable. Avoid this by buying what you need for the living room only, and then work around that.

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