Six Living Room Styling Mistakes
The process of decluttering, re-positioning furniture or decor and/or adding a few key items to your home will make all the difference to selling your home. here are some common mistakes people make:
1. Too much furniture
Furniture placement is key and most people have way too much furniture! Pieces like sofas should be corner to corner. Don’t overdo it with furniture create some symmetry and harmony by creating space.
2. Lack of connection
Often our living spaces are part of an open area that can include dining and the kitchen. Take these spaces into consideration and connect them either with colour or finishes – the area should be seen as a whole. For example, the coffee table and dining table could both be in the same timber. Stand back and look at the bigger picture. If your living space flows to outdoor, reference this with indoor plants to bring more of the outdoors in.
3. No artwork
People often forget artwork. Choose art that you love – you’ll be looking at it every day! Pay attention to size, scale, colour and texture and use these elements as a reference point for styling.
4. Lighting as an afterthought
Lighting is often forgotten, too. Lighting in our living area should create a soft ambiance. Avoid task lighting – it’s too bright and takes away any sense of relaxation. Ideally lighting should be placed either next to, between or behind sofas. The correct lighting can really make all the difference.
5. Making a TV the focus
Televisions are nearly always the focus of the room, yes seating should be arranged to allow optimal viewing, however, when switched off its the big black box, ugly! If your television is wall mounted or on top of an entertainment unit, definitely consider some sort of distraction – a small cluster of vessels and a plant, or just something beautiful to look at.
6. Over styling
Don’t feel the need to fill every corner, this will only close the room in. Negative or empty spaces will accentuate positive or filled spaces.
Photographer: Larnie Nicolson Stylist: LeeAnn Yare