THE LIVING ROOM _7 Decorating Mistakes made in the living room

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THE LIVING ROOM _7 Decorating Mistakes made in the living room

A living room also called the lounge room, or a sitting room, is is a room in a residential house or apartment for relaxing and socializing. Such a room is also called the front room when it is near the main entrance of the house. It is also defined as the place where friends and family gather to spend quality time in a home. Hence, it is important for it to be well designed.


When you think of decorating a space as pivotal as the living room, the word “easy” might likely not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, there’s no reason that a stylish, nice living room can’t come together in a snap when you get us to design your living room in the Simplinteriors way. Simplinteriors & deco, one of the top interior design companies in Lagos, Nigeria is only interested in giving your home that relaxed feel and an exciting look.  All it takes is a combination of a few key elements to create a room that is the perfect living space for your home. Whether your space is a bit cramped or absolutely spacious, the same central pieces are all you need. The rest comes down to your own personal tastes and budget.

7 Mistakes of Decorating the Living Room

Decorating your living room can be tough because it is the most widely used room for hosting or even just hanging out. Making sure you are staying trendy while also being cozy is a hard balance. Here are seven very common mistakes that people make when decorating their living room:

Mistake #1: Selecting the Wrong Sofa

A great living room starts with a great sofa. In living rooms, a good sofa is key to comfort but it is also central to how a room should feel and look. Our tip for getting it right is to pay attention to sofa seat height (a low seat is hard to get in and out of) and to draw a furniture plan before purchasing. Buying on impulse is great for accessories and side tables, but never for a sofa, as it can be a very costly mistake. At Simplinteriors, one of the best renowned School of Interior Design and Entrepreneurship, we train our students on how to select and make good sofas.

Mistake #2: Decorating the living room with a Rug that’s too small

One of the main offenders in decorating the living room is buying a poorly sized rug. Living rooms always need at least 8-by-10-foot if not a 9-by-12-foot rug, unless you have a tiny living room, stay away from anything under 6-by-9-feet. A 4-by-6-foot rug might be fine if it is next to a bed, in a kitchen, or in an entrance, but it will assuredly not work in your living room. That is why it is advisable to allow an interior decorator to do it for you in a professional way.

Mistake #3: Poor Lighting or using only overhead lighting

Nothing is worse than bad lighting in the living room. An overhead light is pretty bad. You don’t want your living room to look like an office so add some table lamps, floor lamps and overhead dimmers to create some ambiance in your living room and make it 10 times more inviting.

Mistake 4: Hanging Art Incorrectly

“Art hung the wrong way on the wall is like a character in a movie wearing a really bad wig”.  Most interior designers agree that art should be hung at eye levels but not in all cases because it’s all dependent on the height of your ceilings.

Mistake #5: Putting all your Furniture Against your Wall

Having your furniture against your walls gives off a very formal vibe and leaves an awkward space in the middle of the room. Avoid this by pulling your furniture towards the middle and having some chairs, end tables and a coffee table to break up the space.

Mistake #6: No Color

Everyone these days is going for the modern, simplistic look but what they are forgetting is that a pop of color can really do a room some good. Accent pillows, rugs, coffee tables, these are all the things that could potentially add some color to your living room.

Mistake #7: Very matchy furniture

Nowadays, people are steering clear of the idea of perfectly coordinating everything. It’s fun to add different textures and sizes to your living room to bring some life back into it.

When decorating your home, the options can be overwhelming specifically when you are reading tips, tricks and suggestions from various sources simultaneously trying to figure out your own needs and tastes. Ultimately, when it comes to setting up your place, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder; however there’s a chance you are unknowingly ruining your room’s potential and that’s why we at Simplinteriors are here to groom you in our interior design training school or help you make the most out of your space to give it that perfect look. Get us to work on your Living room today so we can do it the Simplinteriors way. Contact us at Simplinteriors on 081230220337 or visit us at No 71, Falolu road off Ogunlana Drive, Surulere, Lagos.

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