20 Living Room Design Mistakes Everyone Makes
Interior designers spend their lives studying the little details that make a room perfect. Just like a beautifully directed movie, a well-decorated living room is at once engaging and impressive, familiar and safe. And sometimes, what is off in our own living rooms can be difficult to pinpoint. To shed some light on the most common living room design mistakes that may be plaguing our spaces, we talked with interior designers and a residential architect.
The space of your dreams may not be so out of reach if you consider the most common living room decorating mistakes.
Not Mixing Periods and Styles
According to Dick, “oftentimes people feel boxed in and limited by the architecture of their home and select furniture based on the home’s architecture and time period. Our solution is to mix furniture styles with the style of architecture.” In one Georgia home, the design firm merged contemporary furniture with traditional crown molding, Moroccan antique rugs, African beaded benches, and contemporary art. “We love to recover and rework vintage pieces and mix them with custom sofas so the living room feels timeless and approachable,” he adds.
Forgetting to Measure
Roberts has one indispensable trick for combining periods and styles: “When mixing new and vintage elements, pay attention to furniture heights, as traditional furniture is typically higher than modern pieces.”
Sticking With Obvious Fabrics
According to Roberts, “there are some great outdoor fabrics that we’re using indoors that dogs and kids cannot destroy. It’s important to select rugs that will wear well. Beware of the seductive silk rug.” Instead, consider a wool rug.
Pay particular attention to the quality of the fabric and the timelessness of the design when selecting a rug.
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