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.

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