MISTAKE #1: Not Using Color
Without any color, your sleek, modern space can quickly turn boring and sterile. Try a few accents, such as a throw pillow, bright chair, or painting.
MISTAKE #2: Matchy-Matchy Furniture
Everything doesn’t need to be a perfect match. Your pieces should however complement each other, try to keep the proportions similar as well. Go for an eclectic mix that shows off your style.
MISTAKE #3: Relying Exclusively on Overhead Lighting
Play around with table and floor lamps, as well as overhead lights on dimmers. Lighting sources at different heights and levels of brightness will yield a warm, flattering glow.
MISTAKE #4: Pushing All Furniture Against Walls
Arranging furniture flush against the wall creates an overly formal vibe, and can sometimes leave an awkward empty space in the middle of your room. Bring your sofa and chairs away from the walls to create intimate areas where folks can comfortably talk. It'll give the space a cozy, lived-in feel.
MISTAKE #5: Forgetting End Tables
Your guests should never have to balance a glass of wine on a couch cushion. Find a small table that that will work in the space, and remember, it doesn’t have to be a matching set to complement your other furniture.
MISTAKE #6: Hanging Art Too High
Why are so many people inclined to hang their art mere centimeters from the ceiling? Art should be hung so the center of the piece hits at eye level, about 60 inches off the floor.
MISTAKE #7: Teensy-Tiny Rugs
Rugs are expensive, so it can be tempting to go with a smaller size. But as far as proportion goes, a rug defines an area. As a general rule, a living-room rug should touch the front legs of every piece of nearby furniture--but it's OK if it's bigger!
MISTAKE #8: Buying Furniture You'll Never Use
Don't decorate for the person you want to be--decorate for the person you are.Maybe you watch a lot of Netflix. There's no shame in making the (sleekly hung) TV the focal point of your living room. Maybe your 4-year-old has 9,000 Tonka trucks. Totally fine to build toy chests into your decor. If you make design choices that suit your lifestyle, we promise you won't be disappointed.