Because even the most experienced interior designers make mistakes, read some of the hidden pitfalls behind a living room decoration.
- Simply matching furniture is somewhat monotonous. Matching the dining room with the chairs and the table in the living room, does not put your own personality in your lounge. Anybody can buy ready-made sets of furniture. What you need is something spontaneous and unique, a mix that you and you alone will create. For instance, you can match an old table inherited from your grandmother, with a very modern item.
- Works of art highlight the owner’s personality and give off a feeling of sophistication in the decoration. Choose a variety of paintings, pictures, even sculptures and do not let different sizes and colors scare you off.
- Some interior designers tend to focus their attention only on the most basic items such as the sofa or the coffee table, and leave the lighting for the very last moment in order to cover potential gaps. Put emphasis on your lighting system when you first start designing. Whether we are talking about a modern chandelier, floor lamps or table lamps, pay attention to the lighting that you will embed in your decoration so as to achieve a coherent look.
Make the space your own, put pictures of you and items that have a story to tell you.
- Don’t lean all your furniture against the wall, but try to place them in different levels. This placement with fluctuating item levels will later prove to be wise, as it will better facilitate the company and conversation between your guests, who will have eye contact with each other.
- A big sofa will overshadow the small frame that you have hung behind it, while big armchairs will look mismatched in front of a small table in your living room. When buying your furniture, think about the overall size of your room and how you can match the furniture you buy for it.
- A variety of fabrics and textures is the secret in order to give a three-dimensional, multi-layered feel to your space. Consider adding metal or glass to wooden furniture to create diversity. Similarly, if your sofa is made of linen, we suggest choosing a different fabric for the curtains or pillows.
- Certainly you have heard of the theory that proper placement of furniture is achieved when they “touch” a small part of the carpet. What happens though when the carpet you have chosen is too small? Arranging your furniture’s exact placement to be in precise spots creates a feeling of overcrowding, rather than planning. Give yourself time, measure your space and see what the ideal size for your carpet and furniture is.
- Last but not least, hesitation and fear of eccentric items and unusual combinations makes you lose your chance for a living room that will mirror your own preferences. If you imagine a yellow wall or an electric blue velvet sofa, go for it!