A well-designed living room has the power to be both impressive and inviting at the same time. Though you may have seen so many great spaces in catalogues and showrooms before, replicating this effect in your own home is not nearly so straightforward. People almost always make one or more of the mistakes that we are going to talk about here. So, before thinking about what to do to design a beautiful living room, let’s start with what not to do.

Choose the Right Sofa

One of the most important features in the living room is the sofa as it really pulls the whole space together. First of all, you need to measure carefully to ensure that it is not too big or small for the space. Avoid buying on impulse as you are much more likely to make a mistake this way. You are much better off sticking to something simple, choosing a classic piece rather than one which is packed with fancy design features.

Making it Seem Too Much Like a Showroom

Though we talked about showrooms at the start, you don’t want to make your space seem too much like you have just replicated one. You also need to add the personal touches which only come in a home. Otherwise, your living room will simply appear to be too sterile and lacking in imagination. Try to mix together some new and vintage features and focus on the smaller details too. Set some of your budget aside to cover accessories such as lamps.

Going for a Too-Small Rug

In living rooms up and down the country, you are likely to see rugs that are simply too small for the space. While big rugs can feel like a big investment, they are so important when you are trying to create a beautiful room. Remember, this is one of the first things that people will notice, so choose carefully or check out bespoke rugs. Make sure that you do your measurements accurately to pick a rug out that works.

Not Thinking Enough About the Layout

When you are laying out your living room, you need to consider ‘conversation groupings’ so that your guests are able to socialise with each other without having to yell across the room. In long and narrow spaces, you will need to create more than one of these. Think about your main pieces – the sofa, fireplace, TV, artwork etc – and consider how you are going to space them out adequately so that they are not all on top of one another.

Poorly Hanging Art

Most people agree that art should be hung at eye level so that people can inspect it from the moment they walk in the room. However, you may need to reconsider this rule of thumb if your ceilings are especially low. If you think of the space walls being divided into thirds, the artwork should always be hung within the top third area.