Ever wonder what's throwing off your living room decor? Often, it has to do with the proportions of different elements, contributing to the overall balance of the space. Use our checklist of the 5 ways you can fix some of the most common mistakes people make when decorating their living rooms!
1. CHOOSE A SOFA THAT IS JUST RIGHT
Being that we can't bring our room into the furniture store, it can be somewhat hard picturing how a sofa will look in your space. Be sure to take accurate measurements of the room and even mark out the potential spot for the couch beforehand. Aim to be like Goldilocks, and find one that is just right for your space. Once you nail scale, comfort is still key.

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2. THINK ECLECTIC
Say goodbye to matchy-matchy. You don’t live in a furniture showroom. Your space should reflect your personal style. Make your space your own by adding vintage or hand made elements in order to create an interesting, curated space that makes you feel right at home. Mix and match your patterns and textures, and don't be afraid to be bold! 

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3. HANG YOUR ARTWORK AT THE RIGHT HEIGHT
Where your artwork sits on your wall really changes the feel of an entire space. It's easy hang something in the wrong place. Our rule is that art should be hung at eye level, or 4-8" above a piece of furniture. Once you nail placement on the wall, be sure that all of you wall decor is centered with one another in your space. Staying true to this rule will really refine your space.

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4. MAKE SURE YOUR RUG IS BIG ENOUGH

Unless you have a tiny living room, you almost always need a large rug. A good size to start with is 8' x 10' or larger, depending on the space. To check your rug size, our rule of thumb is to make sure at least the front legs of each of your furniture pieces are on top of your rug. The rug functions as an anchor for your space, so it's important yours fits just right. 

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5. PLAN YOUR LAYOUT

Always, always plan ahead. It's important to have an idea of what you want your space to look like, as well as how you want your space to function before doing the heavy lifting. Do not just run your furniture all around the walls of the room. Try floating furniture and creating conversation areas for a cozy, well designed space.

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January 28, 2021 — Stacy Garcia

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