Common Mistakes When Decorating Open Plan Living
Whether a room looks too plain, a paint colour doesn’t feel right, or the furniture is too big for the room…here are examples of common mistakes we make and how to fix them.
Pushing Furniture Against a Wall
There is a way to creating a room that speaks -not welcome; just push your living room furniture against a wall. The room will not look bigger, unfortunately.
If you break the space, you will create a more intimate area by arranging your furniture within the room. Create a couple of conversation areas within one room. Your sofa and chairs should face each other. Your guests will appreciate that.
Hanging Curtains too Low
Placing your beautiful long curtains just above your windows lower the ceilings and makes the ceilings look lower. Try placing the curtain rod one foot above the window frame. Or all the way to up the ceiling? If you have very long curtains you can mountain the rod as high as you like. The ceilings will appear higher and the room will look more spacious.
You’ve Gone too Matchy Matchy
You definitely don’t want to buy matching furniture sets for your dining and living rooms. I can not imagine anything more boring than fabrics on the sofa matching your dining chairs. Contrast is what creates visual interest. Introduce multiple elements , mix and match beautiful peaces to keep things interesting. Follow the 80/20 rule when mixing different design styles.
The Rug is too Small
In a large open plan space, the rug should be large enough to sit under the sofa and/or dining chairs and should be wider than the width of furniture. Small rug that sits just under a coffee table makes the space look smaller.
What colour and material to choose? it depends of the rest of the room and how busy the area is. The rug adds a finishing touch to the room. If your room needs a pop of colour – go with a bold colour. If the rest of the furniture looks busy, go for natural look that blends in. Pick one of the less dominant colours on your cushions and match it with your rug.
I am all for a sleek, contemporary look, however, the accessories make your space authentic and yours.
The art of accessorising is that the space should flow naturally and showcase for interests, balance or function. Adding different accessories such as side tables, rugs, throw rugs, cushions, lamps, pot plants and artworks will enhance the look and feel you’re aiming for. However, right balance is needed as too much of everything can be distracting.
Lighting is very important part of your room. It can change your mood, it can be uplifting, relaxing, or stimulating. There is nothing more unattractive than overhead light shinning bright in a large living room. Supplement main lighting with table lamps, floor lamps or pendant lighting. The room will look and feel lot more comfortable and elegant. Also, don’t ignore the ability to control the mood with dimmer switches…
Neutral Palette all Over
Neutral palettes are being around for some time now. Matching neutral walls with neutral floors and neutral furniture creates tired looking decors.
Add a feature wall and quirky lighting to accentuate its colour. Or get a large artwork to brighten up the room. Add a colourful rug and accessories.
If neutral is your style, add some texture and layers. If favouring grey, add a pop of orange.