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9 Mistakes to Avoid While Designing Living Room
Sometimes, just like the way a strong script is undone by a number of other iffy factors like poor direction or star cast that simply don’t gel with the story line; we often stumble upon chaotic living room designs. And, nine out of ten times the real culprit is the awkward furnishing arrangement. Here are 9 mistakes to avoid while designing the living room.
If you find yourself guilty of committing one or two living room designing mistakes, it’s time to mend your ways. In this article, we’ll show you the issue and the remedy to make your living room a visual treat (and functional too!).
Mistake #1 – Deviation from 2:3 Ratio
Every designer makes use of this golden ratio of 2:3 for a balanced furniture arrangement. For example, a center table that is two-thirds the length of a sofa, and a sofa two-thirds the width of the area rug will create a stunner of a living room in no time. Already feeling like searching for the tape, huh?
Mistake #2 – Using walls as the guide
Pushing furniture against the wall is an age-old instinct we still cannot get rid of. Here what many overlooks is the stilted space in the middle especially if it’s a large living room. Plus, who’d like to shout like hell? By pulling your couch and chairs away from the wall, and therefore closer together, creates a cozy atmosphere meant for more kick back.
Mistake #3 – Wrong move with Color
Did you take inspiration from a blog and bought that warm color, but discovered it was not giving the oneness you expected? Fret not. Add a few coordinating shades to pull everything together. When you add a fresh coat of paint next time, remember to do a trial on a small spot on the wall and to see how the backdrop is changing at different times of the day.
Mistake #4 – Overcrowding the room
We know you have a lovely collection of furniture and décor pieces. But that doesn’t mean you should fill the space till it suffocates. Instead, showcase three pieces you absolutely want to incorporate, and then save a space for others somewhere else.
Mistake #5 – Neglecting the right storage
No interior designer knows what kind of storage you need better than you do. So, make you have a few multifunctional furniture pieces that offer ample storage and make the space clutter less. In case, if you want some inspirational multifunctional furniture ideas for the living room, check our previous article here.
Mistake #6 – Ignoring secondary lighting
If you’d like a warm ambiance in the seating area, get your hands at secondary lights. Low lighting like floor lamps to illuminate islanded corners, table lamps to aid reading, a study lamp to increase the warmth in the living room-study/living room-office combo décor etc are few best ways to add focus on the overall living room arrangement.
Mistake #7 – Making indoor roadblocks
Weaving around the furniture to reach the kitchen or bedroom isn’t something anyone appreciates. Hence take extra care to leave enough space so foot traffic isn’t get affected. Remembering the 2:3 ratio helps here a lot. Plus, if you have kids at home, think carefully to allow them to walk or run around comfortably without hurting themselves.
Mistake #8 – Neglecting the layer
Check if you have these basic layering elements in the living room; and when you add these items, bring in different sizes, shapes, and textures to create visual interest.
• Wall coverings: Paint, wallpaper
• Flooring: Wood, carpet, vinyl
• Furniture: Beds, chairs, tables
• Textiles: Throw pillows, blankets, area rugs, bedding
• Lighting: Primary and accent lights
• Wall hangings: Photos, wall arts, mirrors
• Decor items: Houseplants, coffee table décor pieces, flower vases
Mistake #9 – Losing the balance
Whether you have a small living room with a single sofa/couch and two/three armchairs or a large one with 2 seating groups – keep them all in balance. For instance, arrange the furniture according the size, style, and color. If you have plans to mix and match sizes and colors, well and good. Otherwise, make sure you don’t clum
What are your thoughts on these living room designing mistakes? Do you find them useful as we do? And yes, we would love to know your opinion, so please share your comments below! If you have more tried and tested ideas, tips or tricks in your arsenal, please share them too – we would love to read them.