The living room is one of the most important rooms of the house, it is where you will probably spend most of the time and where you will host family movie marathons or game nights with friends. Thus, this is a room that needs to be both stylish and comfortable. This combination is not always easy to achieve and there are some common mistakes that many people do, trying to achieve the stylish & comfort combination. To help you with this, today we will tell you 10 tips from some of our favorite interior designers to avoid the most common mistakes or how to fix them. Get inspired and be proud of your sitting room.
FORGETTING ABOUT EVERY DAY NEEDS
Vaile says “I love imagining how you might use your living room every evening, whether it is on a cozy reading chair or with a puzzle at the game table”.
UNDERESTIMATING THE POWER OF PILLOWS
Vaile says more is always better: “It drives me crazy when there are only two sad throw pillows on a sofa.”
NOT HAVING ENOUGH SEATS FOR GUESTS
“As rule of thumb, there should be enough seating to accommodate the number you fit at your dining table” says the designer CeCe Barfield Thompson.
DECORATING WITH TONS OF MEMORABILIA
Designer Eche Martinez calls for the attention of: “I’m obsessive about spaces being uncluttered and personally prefer minimal styling,” he says. “So many times I walk into beautiful homes only to encounter endless tiny memorabilia sitting on the mantle gathering dust!”
NOT HAVING CURTAINS TOUCH THE FLOOR
NOT HAVING ENOUGH SOURCES OF LIGHT
“Nine times out of 10, I think when people walk into a room and they like the ambiance, it’s because the lighting has been done correctly,” Yip says.
HANGING PICTURES AT THE WRONG HEIGHT
“I think the number one question I get asked is how high I should hang my pictures,” designer Vern Yip says. The answer the average human eye level, which is 155 cm from finished floor to the center of the image.
PUTTING YOUR SOFA AGAINST THE WALL
“Nothing drives me crazier than a sofa against the wall in a large room,” says Sarah Vaile of Sarah Whit Interior Design. If you have a small space, this must be necessary but if you have the option you should never choose to put your sofa against the wall.
BUYING FURNITURE YOU DON’T WANT TO SIT ON
“Don’t get me wrong, I love tiny chairs and super sleek sofas,” says designer Ryland Witt. “But make sure there is seating that you and your guests feel comfortable in — otherwise you’ll never use the room.”
SKIMPING ON YOUR UPHOLSTERY
Designer Amy Berry says there’s one thing you must consider before going with a less expensive material: “If you’ve got to sit on it, it better be comfortable.” And when it comes to finding an upholsterer, you want someone who’s work will last for the long haul, too.