Common Living Room Design Mistakes

Living Room Design: Common Mistakes

A perfectly designed living room is as beautiful as it is comfortable. As one of the most important and most frequently used rooms in the home, living room design can be a huge challenge. Luckily, consulting with an experienced interior designer can help you avoid costly decorating blunders that impact the look and feel of your home. Here, the designers at Ellecor Interior Design discuss the most common living room design mistakes.

#1. Picking the Wrong Sofa

Your sofa is one of the most important (and expensive) pieces of furniture you will purchase. Buying a sofa on a whim without carefully considering the pros and cons can be a costly mistake. When you a shopping for a sofa, carefully think about the color, size, comfort, and where you will place it in the room. Stick with something comfortable and simple that you can see yourself enjoying for years to come.

#2. Using Too Much Overhead Lighting

Too much overhead lighting is one of the most common living room design mistakes designers notice. Most overhead lighting is bright, harsh, and uncomfortable—the last thing you want in a room dedicated to relaxation. When you are decorating your living room, be sure to incorporate plenty of lamps to create a soft, soothing glow. During the day, try to open up the windows to let in plenty of natural light.

#3. Buying a Small Rug

Understandably, buying a rug is a bit of an intimidating experience. When you see the price tags on large area rugs, you may be tempted to go with a smaller, cheaper one. Unfortunately, buying the small rug can be a huge mistake. Most living rooms need an 8 by 10 or 9 by 12-foot rug, and all of your furniture should fit on it completely. Although area rugs can be expensive, it is an investment you won’t regret.

#4. Not Enough Personality

Interior designers see this scenario time and time again: clients buy all new furniture and accessories, and when they are done decorating, their living room looks like a showroom at a home decor store. The room completely lacks personality and charm, making it feel stiff and uncomfortable.

Living room design is all about comfortability and functionality, so when you are decorating, add plenty of details that reflect your personality and lifestyle: a framed family photo, a quilt your grandmother made, or shelf of your favorite books. When you are shopping, stop by a variety of stores, including contemporary home decor stores, flea markets, and antique shops. This way you can collect plenty of accessories you like, giving your living room an eclectic, vibrant, and livable feel.

Living Room Design at Ellecor Interior Design

At Ellecor Interior Design, our living room design services start with the client in mind. We understand the importance of comfortability and functionality in a living room, so we work with you to create a space that reflects your personality and taste. To get started on your interior design project, contact us at (417)-720-2602.

Inexpensive Home Decor Ideas for Your Apartment

Home Decor For an Apartment

Decorating an apartment can be a huge challenge. As a renter, you are most likely stuck with existing cabinets, paint colors, and other finishes, which can make the space feel generic and uncomfortable. Luckily, by utilizing a few simple (and affordable) home decor tricks from Ellecor Interior Design, you can turn your apartment into a home.

Wall Decor

Nothing feels more generic and unstylish than a whitewashed apartment. Although your landlord may not allow painting, you can certainly add some visual interest to your walls with a few pieces of decor. Simply stop by your local home decor store to shop for framed art, murals, or decals. If you are wanting something a little more personal, consider making your own art or framing old photographs. You may also consider hanging a mirror, which will brighten your apartment and make the room feel larger. When it comes to wall decor, a little goes a long way.

Window Treatments

Most apartments come with white plastic blinds that do very little for privacy. Installing new window treatments can be expensive and not worth the effort if you are on a short lease. Instead, purchase some inexpensive curtains to hang over the windows. When you are hanging curtains, place them above the window, closer to the ceiling. This will create the illusion of height, making your apartment feel more spacious.


Lighting is one of the most important aspects of home decor. In most rental properties, you are not allowed to change out your existing fixtures, but that doesn’t mean you can’t brighten up your room with some additional light sources. Layering a room with several levels of lighting is a sure way to make the space feel homier Use floor lamps, table lamps, or accent lights to create a soft glow. Whenever you get the chance, open your shades and let in some natural light, which will make the space feel bright and spacious.


Area and throw rugs are ideal for drab apartments. They add warmth and visual interest while protecting your floors. If you are living in a studio, rugs help create separate spaces and define boundaries.

Flea-Market Furniture  

Your apartment may be a temporary home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t invest in quality furniture. With flea-markets, Craigslist, and inexpensive home decor stores, finding furniture for your apartment is easier than ever. Old, out-of-date furniture can always be painted, stained, or reupholstered to bring it into the 21st century, so take advantage of sales.

Visit Our Home Decor Store

In addition to interior design services, Ellecor Interior Design is also a home decor store, offering a wide selection of decorations, furniture, and gifts. Whether you are searching for wall decor, window treatments, or even holiday decor, you are sure to find something to brighten up your apartment or house. To browse our selection, stop by our home decor store today!

Interior Decorating For Nurseries

Interior Decorating Tips: Planning a Baby’s Room

Decorating a nursery is an exciting experience, but it can certainly feel overwhelming as well. With so many options for furniture, bedding, and paint, it’s easy to get lost in the details. Luckily, Ellecor Interior Design has worked with several new parents, using our interior decorating knowledge to create functional, beautiful spaces that they can enjoy with their little one. If you are expecting a newborn, follow these interior decorating tips for your nursery.

Keep it Simple

From changing diapers to late night feedings, you will spend a lot of time in your baby’s nursery. When you are decorating, remember the function of the room. Keep your interior decorating choices simple and create a space where you can see yourself taking care of your newborn. Most of all, avoid clutter. Tripping over a misplaced toy in the middle of the night is the last thing you want.

Consider Storage

Storage is incredibly important in a nursery. Not only will you have diapers, wipes, pacifiers, and bottles, but you will eventually accumulate clothes, books, and more toys than you can imagine. To avoid clutter, make sure you have a place to store it all away. When you purchase a crib and changing table, try to find something with plenty of drawers and cabinets.

Invest in Thick Curtains

Naptime is important for both babies and parents. If your nursery is too bright during the day, your newborn may not be able to fall asleep. To ensure naptime runs smoothly, invest in some thick curtains that block out plenty of light.

Remember: Safety First

Lost in the details of interior decorating, it’s easy to forget about safety. When it comes to nursery safety, the list goes on and on, but there are a few general rules to keep in mind.

First, keep your crib away from the window. If your baby is too close to the window, they may reach for the chord, which can be a strangulation hazard.

Second, baby-proof all electrical outlets and keep all cords out of your child’s reach.

Third, choose water-based paints with low levels of volatile chemicals. Paint well before your baby arrives to give the room plenty of time to ventilate. If you are using wallpaper, choose something that is paper-based or made from natural fibers. Once again, this will decrease the chances of your newborn breathing in harmful chemicals.

Have Fun with Your Interior Decorating

If you are feeling overwhelmed, remember that interior decorating is supposed to be a fun experience. This is your chance to create a home for your child, so let your imagination run wild. Choose a bright paint color and buy the cutesy lamp you saw at the home decor store. Remember that a nursery is only a temporary room that you will soon redecorate as your child grows older, so have some fun with it while you have the opportunity.

Contact Ellecor Interior Design

Ellecor Interior Design works side-by-side with our clients to create beautiful spaces that fit their lifestyle and needs. If you are planning an interior decorating project, contact us today!


Interior Design Predictions for 2018

Expected Interior Design Trends of 2018

Interior design is an ever-changing industry. Whether it be a groundbreaking innovation or a new twist on a classic idea, each year brings about a new set of trends. At Ellecor Interior Design, we are excited for what the rest of the year has in store. Here are just a few of the design trends you can expect to see in 2018.

Bold Colors

After years of neutral, minimalist color palettes, designers are starting to utilize bright, bold colors. Some of 2018’s most popular colors may include navy blue, shades of green, and deep, rich reds. Interior designers will most likely pair bold colors with neutrals, like white and gray, to create a sense of visual balance. Some designers may keep the walls neutral and utilize bold colors in furniture and accents, while others may pair neutral furniture with painted walls.

Bold colors may become especially popular in the kitchen. For years, kitchen cabinets have stuck to a couple basic color palettes: all-white or natural wood. Now, designers are breaking the mold, painting cabinets bright and unexpected colors.

Floral Prints

As another response to minimalist interior design, bold patterns are making a huge comeback. In particular, floral prints are gaining popularity. These bright, bold graphics add a pop of color to a room and connect the interior space with the natural world. Whether it be on wallpaper, pillows and throws, or murals and artwork, floral is sure to dominate 2018.

Concrete Accents

Though it may surprise some homeowners, concrete is becoming a popular building material for interiors. Sure, it may not be the most obvious choice, but polished concrete makes beautiful floors, countertops, fireplaces, and backsplashes. Neutral, simple, and minimalist, incorporating the use of concrete accents is sure to give your home a modern, luxurious feel. As you browse interior design blogs this year, you are sure to see a lot more concrete.

Mixing Metals and Textures

Interior design’s favorite metal seems to change every year. Polished nickel is all the rage one year and matte black becomes the height of sophistication the next. Homeowners are tired of changing out their metal accent pieces only to see them go out of style. In 2018, designers are choosing to mix and match various metals and textures. A brass lamp here, a nickel door handle there, and a copper sink in the kitchen. Using various metals adds visual interest to your home and creates an eclectic, anything-goes atmosphere.

Ellecor Interior Design

At Ellecor Interior Design, we stay on top of the latest home decor trends while finding new, creative ways to break the mold. By working side-by-side with our clients, we design interiors that reflect their personality and lifestyle. To learn more about our services, contact us today!

Interior Design Tips for Small Rooms

Interior Design for Small Spaces

Interior design for small spaces is certainly a challenge. With a limited amount of room for furniture and storage, it may seem impossible to make your house or apartment feel stylish and comfortable. Luckily, by utilizing a few simple interior design tricks, you can make the most out of your limited space and transform your house or apartment into the home of your dreams. Today, Ellecor Interior Design discusses some easy tips for decorating small spaces.

Utilize Light, Neutral Colors

Color is one of the most important aspects of interior design, and the color palette you choose dramatically affects the feel of a room. Dark, moody colors will make a room feel small and cramped, while light, neutral colors will make a room feel large and open. When you are designing for a small room, stick with a light color palette, utilizing colors such as whites, light grays, and muted blues. These colors help guide the eye throughout the room and make it appear larger.

Hang Mirrors

Hanging a mirror is one of the easiest ways to make a room feel larger. Carefully placing one large mirror or several small ones throughout a small room creates an illusion of depth and space, making your room feel large with little effort. Mirrors are also great decorative items that add more nuance and visual interest to your walls.

Opt Innovative Storage Solutions

In small houses and apartments, storage can be a huge hassle. With limited closet and cabinet space, you may have to try some innovative, non-traditional storage solutions. Try placing baskets under your bed, hanging hooks on your doors and walls, and installing shelving. By thinking outside-of-the-box, you can declutter and make your home feel large and open.

Connect with the Outdoors

The best interior design creates a seamless flow between the outdoors and the inside of the home. Spaces with plenty of natural light and views of the outdoor landscape feel bright, airy, and ultimately larger than enclosed interiors. When you are designing for a small space, find ways to connect your space to the outdoors, draw attention to your windows, and let in plenty of natural light.

Interior Design with Ellecor Interior Design

Designing for a small room is not easy, but working with an experienced interior designer certainly helps. At Ellecor Interior Design, Haden and her team find innovative, creative ways to make your design dreams come to life. Regardless of the size of your space or the size of your budget, we can find a solution that works for you. To learn more about our services, contact Ellecor Interior Design today!

Interior Designer? You can afford it, really…

Interior Designer? You can afford it, really…

We hear it all the time, “I can’t afford a Designer” and it’s just not true.  It’s really not as elite as some think.  Don’t get me wrong, there are really high end Designers who specialize in specific styles and sizes of homes, but the majority of us just love what we do and want to help as many people as we can.  After all, we all deserve to have a beautiful, livable and comfortable home.  At Ellecor we work with people on all scales, budgets and styles.  We have simple meetings where we just choose some paint colors, some where we just rearrange everything you have to give it a facelift and some where we design, build and finish someone’s dream home.  The ticket there is that it is YOUR dream home, not ours.  Learning about our clients lifestyle, family life, likes and dislikes all plays into our plans and the eventual concept and feel of the finished space.  We live, work and play in our home and can understand the wildly different lifestyles we all live.  We are all busy, but we need a great space to finish the day in and start the next one feeling nice and refreshed.  Come see us about your next Design updates.

Proud to be the St Jude Dream Home Designer

Proud to be the St Jude Dream Home Designer

We are so excited to have spent the last several months working with Essick Builders, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and all the amazing donors to create a beautiful home for a great cause.  From exterior selections, flooring, paint cabinets and countertops and everything in between it has come together in short order and is stunning.  We finished up this week by furnishing the home with donations from FFO Home, Ellecor Design & Gifts and several local artists.  Stop in and check it out and purchase a ticket to win it!

St Jude Dream Home

St Jude Dream Home

We are very excited to be the Designer of this years Springfield MO St Jude Dream Home Giveaway.  The home is being built by Essick Builders and a whole crew of donors and trade teams.  Thanks for all the donors who make this possible and help give back to the research and treatment they do at St Jude.  I am honored to be selecting all the finishes, fixtures, decor and furnishings for the house.

Tickets to win the home will be available in April and the drawing is this Summer.  Stay tuned!!

Interior Design Defined

Interior Design Defined

There are a lot of people out there who aren’t really sure what all an Interior Designer can offer, and have the misconception that they can’t afford one anyway.  Please read this great post and find out the differences and the options available with an Interior Designer.  Note:  We offer Interior Design & Interior Decorating at Ellecor.

Interior Design VS Interior Decorating