Since the living room is a central shared space, it is where we make most of our memories with our family and friends. Our decorative skills and style say a lot about us and our image, so we should be mindful of the way we decorate our living rooms. Otherwise, we will make them look tacky and other people would only have one thing in their minds – what the hell?! These are some decor styles you might not want in your home.
Keep Your Glass Collection
This may be among the tackiest that we have ever seen. It is definitely a great collection, but it is best if you leave them in a cabinet that is private and only bring them out when you use them. Your glass collection from all over the globe is not “everybody’s business.”
Say No To Bold Colors
There are many ways you can complement a room with colors. Adding shocking and bold colors to the wall is not one of them. Perhaps you should consider keeping those colors off the walls and just incorporate them in a few cushions or some artificial flowers.
Skip The Small Rugs
Nothing is more distasteful than using small rugs to deck your living room floor. Usually, only one furniture fits on them, but a rug is supposed to pull a room together. Never forget that tip. Just imagine yourself wearing a t-shirt which is way too small. Not a great look, right?
Avoid Temporary Furniture
DIY projects are great. They can complement any area with elegance and class, but there are times when they turn into a weird disaster. If this happens, they are best left out of the living room. Putting four crates together to make a shelf is not exactly the best idea.
Stay Away From Weird-Shaped Lamps
Even if they are designer ones, weird shaped and multi-shade lamps are not that great for your living room. In fact, we cannot really think of where you can use them. What we do know is that single one-lampshade lamps are the best for your living room.
Futon Sofas Are Not For The Living Room
If creating a vintage-style room in your house is what you have in mind, then futon sofas are perfect for that. However, they are not the best choice for main living rooms. The piece of furniture is too outdated and college-style for use in your home. Get a regular sofa instead and stack the futon sofa elsewhere.
Ditch The Artificial Plants
An artificial plant spells lifelessness and negative energy, so putting one in your living room may not be the best idea. You should have a real plant in your space or just go without one. Adding cactus to your living room can bring the space a bit of color and life.
Do Not Add A Cliché Piece
You can use a piece of art that no one is used to as a complement for your living room. A cliché piece, on the other hand, is better left for somewhere else. Make sure you choose something which fits the theme for your living room space.
Keep The Loose Cables
We understand that cables are needed to connect different appliances in the living room. However, the whole world does not really need to see them. You can get a device for storing them (check the electronics store!), but you can always just push the cables behind the shelf.
Go For Frames Without Emotional Messages
We understand that you might want to inspire others with framed emotional messages in your living room, but they can be tacky. It is best if you find something more suitable at the store, preferably something without emotional messages.
Get Creative With Cushion Colors
Your living room, specifically your sofa, can benefit from the flavor that cushions give, so using throw pillows that are the same color as your sofa can be boring. Get creative with the color scheme. Add some spice and splash.
Leave The Pallet Table For The Patio
Remember that little DIY project you did using some old pallets? While it does make for a great coffee table, it is better suited for the patio than your living room. Adding it to your space in the house can make your living room look like a lumber yard.
Plastic Drawers Are For The Kitchen
Plastic containers are super useful in the kitchen. For example, you can store things in them and organize your refrigerator. However, plastic drawers in the living room is not cool or beautiful, especially if you are only storing junk in it. Leave them for the attic or garage.
No To Matching Curtains And Sofa
We understand that you want to be unique. However, matching curtains and sofa are plain unsightly. Why not go for color-coded harmony in the living room instead? Add a matching color rather than using the same material.
Skip The Vintage Wall Decors
If you are keen on figures like Big Mouth Billy Bass, you can hang them on your wall – just not your living room wall. The figures are simply too old and are best left out of the main space where you entertain guests.
Frame Your Photos
Some people want to be creative and different, and we get that. However, if your idea is adding frame-less photos to the wall, we are afraid it is not the best idea. Get a frame for your pictures to avoid making them look immature and tacky.
Take The Plastic Off Of Your Sofa
Keeping the plastic on your sofa makes your living room look like a crime scene. Sorry for being blunt. We know children can be a bit messy, but you should not spoil your living space just because of that.
Put Curtains Up
You may have your own reason for leaving your windows without curtains, but doing this is just not cute. Everyone cherishes privacy. Sure, you want some natural light to get in. However, adding blinds will work out so much better.
Be Wary Of Internet Trends
Barn doors in the house is a trend that is slowly taking over Pinterest, but we just cannot see or understand how. You are probably not living in a barn, so following this trend is a terrible idea.
Do Not Go Overboard With The Pillows
Throw pillows are supposed to complement, not overpower. Too many can upset the balance. If you add more than three pillows, you risk the sofa looking too cluttered..
Shaggy Was For The ‘70s
These days, shaggy carpets are not as big as they were back in the ‘70s. You may want to reconsider adding them to your living room. You can have a bit of shag around with your throw pillows, or better yet, leave it in your bedroom.
Skip The Bed And Breakfast Feel
Your living room is not a bed and breakfast in New England, so it is best to skip the Chintz wallpaper when it comes to decorating the space. The wallpaper just creates a clustered feeling.
Furniture Skirts Should Be Avoided
Furniture with ruffled skirts give a vintage look to your living room, leaving the area too stiff and clustered. If you must add some, go for plain straight skirts.
Going Gold Is Not Always The Best
Times have changed tremendously. Decking all the rooms in the house with age-old gold fixtures is now a thing of the past. The fixtures are not interesting anymore, so you may want to adjust your living room’s style.
Leave Wooden Duck Decorations Out
If you own a collection of duck ornaments or other similar ones, you may think they will be a great addition to your living room. However, it is actually not a great idea to have them as a decorative element. Replace them with more attractive ones so that your living room will have a personality of elegance and beauty.
Ditch The Wooden Panels
Perhaps you love wood very much and are thinking of adding wooden panels to the living room. The first thing you need to do is to move to a log cabin. In earlier times, wooden panels were not even cool.
Think “Less Is More”
Make sure that your living room does not become a space with mismatched patterns and colors since this can throw everything off. “Less is more” is what you should think of for your space so your moments of unwinding can be more relaxing.
Steer Clear Of Wooden Blanket Ladders
You are probably thinking of a rustic look for your living room, so you are considering a wooden blanket ladder. However, this is not the best of ideas. The decorative element looks weird and tacky in the living room and some may even think it is distasteful.
No To Haunted Rooms
Adding some animal skulls or mounted taxidermy to the wall is effective in turning your living room to the perfect haunted space. Do not bring your love for the Beauty and the Beast into the central room.
Skip The Age-Old Lampshade
Do you have a lampshade that has been lying around for ages? Maybe something from 40 years ago? Perhaps it is best not to add it to your living room. You can better bring flavor to the space with a more modern shade – one which will complement your living room.
Give The Live-Laugh-Love Sign A Rest
So you want to spread love and positivity and you think a “Live, Laugh, Love” sign in your living room is the way to go. We are sorry to tell you but the signs are a big no-no since they are really cliched. Go for something less flat and opt for a piece of art that spreads comfort and serenity.
Put Your Collection Away
Perhaps you have a collection of items from your many travels. Even if you feel comfortable to add the items to your living room, you should not do it. They will only make your living room look untidy and cluttered. Aside from that, they will gather dust and give you more work.
Get A Frame For Posters
Many teenagers deck their bedroom walls with different kinds of posters. Of course, their rooms look untidy. Do not make the mistake of doing the same thing to your living room. If you must have a poster, frame it to avoid making the room look messy.
Skip The Glass Table
Glass tables were already tacky years ago, so imagine adding one to your living room now…. You should know what to expect. Opt for something else when getting a coffee table for your living room.
Avoid Color-Changing Lamps
Your living room is not a night club, so it has no place for color-changing lights. You want your guests to relax when they come over, but if you have these lights, they will feel like they are in a disco with annoying lights that change every minute.
Skip The Tapestries
A tapestry is best kept in the bedroom, not in the living room. The decor makes the space look too busy and it has an outdated look. However, some people may consider it boho-chic.
Avoid The Bookcase-Style Wallpaper
If you are a bookworm who wants to be around books all the time, it is more suitable to have a shelf with your book collection in your living room than installing wallpaper with a bookshelf design, which makes your space resemble a library. We are sure you that you do not want that.
Skip The Wall Decals
Wall Decals are great, but when they have words all over them, it is better to leave the decor out of the living room. Some of the wall decals even make the feeling worse since they dictate what you should do in the room, such as reading, laughing or playing, etc.
Ditch The Busy Patterns
Do not use chevron patterns in the living room since this creates a space that looks too busy and complicated. Choose a less combusted style instead. it will complement and bring a level of peace to the room. Your guests will feel welcome once they step inside.
No To The Hospital Room Feel
There are some people who think that it is beautiful to have an all-white living room. They probably like something about hospitals because that is what this kind of living room feels like. If going simple is what you want, you can add a dash of color in some places.
Get The Perfect Sofa
Many interior decorators will agree that you only need the perfect sofa to make your living room a truly interesting space. Going for a sofa that is too small or big will throw off the entire feel of the room.
Go Shopping Around
When you purchase all your furniture from one place, it creates the feeling of living in a showroom. Mix choices softly by shopping around. This way it looks like someone actually lives in your home, and it is not a furniture store.
Plan The Layout Carefully
Most of us are used to positioning our sofa in a way that it faces the television. However, did you know doing this may not be the best? You have to remember that the living room is a place to chat with family and friends and to group up, so you should get the seating to also suit the style.
Position Your Arts Carefully
Hanging a special art piece in the wrong position can lead to people going by it without noticing, which is not so good. Too many paintings in a place make the space look untidy and unsightly, and distract from the ambiance that you are trying to create. Don’t turn your living room into an art gallery.
Add “Live” To Your Living Room
A living room should give that cozy feeling when you step into it. It should make you feel welcomed and relaxed and not make people feel intimidated to sit and mingle since everywhere looks too perfect and “in place.”
Do not make the interior design of your home look outdated and boring in spite of the architecture being from a while ago. You can go for a modern look even if the outside is not very modern.
Measure Prior To Buying
Too many people go out to buy furniture even if they had not measured the space that they have available. When you choose sofas and chairs, make sure you are aware of how much space you have so it does not throw off balance when it comes to the decoration.
Choose The Right Fabric
You might want to reconsider getting that silk rug you have been eyeing for your living room since it will just create a mess when it comes in contact with many people moving on it. Instead, buy rugs with hard-wearing fabric for the living room as a lot of feet move through this space.
Leave The Old Out
We are pretty sure you do not want your living room looking as if it exists in the 40s. Therefore, get rid of the ornate sofas and the other decors. The focal point of the living room is the sofa, so keeping it simple but modern goes a long way
Go For The Perfect Coffee Table
After your sofa, your coffee table should be the next stand-out item in your living room. You want to make sure it is the right shape and size to coordinate with the other furniture as well as your decor styles.
Cheap Is Not Always The Best
You risk giving your living room a cheap look if you go for some cheap art for the space. Sure enough, you can find other affordable ways to acquire art pieces that stand out and bring some level of elegance and class to your space.
Hang Curtains Correctly
Curtains are great. They can bring life to any room, but if you do not pay attention to how you hang your curtains correctly and efficiently, then your living rooms will look bad and unkempt.
Have Good Lighting
If your living room has the right lighting, people get a warm and satisfying feeling from the space. Your guests will feel comfortable in the room. Ditch the fluorescent bulbs. If your lighting now is bad, then it is time to change it.
Do Not Go Overboard With Accessories
We understand that you have some ornaments that are pretty expensive, but having too many scattered around in your living room can make it look untidy and throw it off balance. You should remove some of your ornaments or group them together in a cute style.
Do Not Just Line Furniture Against The Wall
Many people have the tendency to line their furniture against the wall. However, this only gives the room a flat and boring look. Try moving some of them, such as your sofa or accent chairs closer to the middle of the room. This will definitely create a flexible and different feel.
Go For Both Comfort And Style
Do not buy a sofa simply because it looks cute or it matches the paint in the living room. You should check to see instead if it is comfortable since this will go a long way. There is really no reason to have a sofa which is uncomfortable and not enticing.
More Than Just A Home Theater
Many people have TVs in their living rooms and arrange their sofas to sit and watch. The living room is definitely a place for chilling and getting entertained, but it should be more than just a room where you can watch a movie.
Decorate For The Future As Well
When buying furniture, make sure you plan a couple of years down the line. Do this especially if you plan to expand your family with children. Get furniture that is family-friendly and suitable for all the members.
Go For Something Long-Lasting
All man-made items experience wear and tear after some time, so it is best to go for furniture that is of a high quality and will last long. When shopping, do not forget to test and assess the material of the furniture that you are thinking of buying.
Painting Should Be Last
Many people paint their new apartment as soon as they move in to give their new home a fresh look. However, they have difficulty finding the right decor elements that match up and this creates conflict in the space. Finding paint to match a particular furniture piece is easier than the other way around. Therefore, it is better if you initially hold out on painting.
Trends Are Not Always Great
Going for what is trendy can be good but it is not the best way to go about decorating your living room. Some trends do not really fit your space, so if you follow them, your living room will only look disorganized and confusing.
Plan Lighting Carefully
A room with the right light feels fresh and satisfying. You want to make sure it is not too bright, too dull, or the wrong color. Poor lighting can definitely throw off the ambiance and balance of the room. We are pretty sure you do not want this to happen, so test out which light is best.
No To Catalogue-Style
It definitely feels weird stepping into someone’s living room which totally resembles a furniture store showroom. The goal is not to bring to life what you see in design magazines, but rather, get inspired by them. Do not be afraid to mix things up a little and go for unique furniture pieces. Lastly, add some personal touch to your space.
Do Not Go Too Far With Your Theme
We understand that you may want one theme for your living room, but you should be careful not to go too far. Having only one theme can make a room flat, so go diverse and mix things up a bit. This way you give the space some lift.
Make Sure The Design And Decor Connect
If you go in a room but you are not sure where to focus or what you are looking at, it means that the decor does not have a focal point, which in itself is a problem. The setting can leave anyone confused and overwhelmed, so you want to make sure the design and decor connect at one point or in a number of ways.
Bring “Light” To The Room
When your furniture is all lined up against the wall, there is space left in the center which has nothing complimenting it. However, you can easily fix this. Shove around a few furniture pieces to use up the space and bring “light” to the room.
Avoid Clashing Colors
You may want to try a dash of different colors in your living room. However, make sure you do not go overboard with clashing colors since this will completely throw the room off. Make sure the colors coordinate.
Do Not Go Too Vintage
There is nothing wrong with a few vintage furniture pieces. It is when you go too deep that it becomes an issue. Your room will look like it has not been touched since the ‘60s or ‘70s. Go ahead and mix it up. Add a bit of personality.
Do Not Go Too Monotone
It can be great to have a simple design for your room, but there is also a risk of going too monotone. If this happens, your space can become boring and unsatisfying. It is possible to go overboard with a simple style, so be flexible and do not be too scared to try mixing.
Do Not Go Too Bold
If you go too bold when decorating your space, the room can become a little too overwhelming and confusing. Just take a look at this bathroom. There is too much going on here for it to be pleasing to the eyes.
A Little Too Modern
A modern look is great for your home, but it is not really a good idea to go too far into the future. It is much better to mix the decor since this will give your space a more diverse look. Besides, we are pretty sure no one will feel comfortable using a “see-through” toilet!
Skip The Padded Furniture
Just thinking about this is already weird, much less having it happen in real life. Cupboards padded with different kinds of fabric are not so interesting and rather unsightly, to be honest. You can definitely have an excellent design without them. Just think carefully what fits in a room
No To Creepy Murals
A mural in your home should bring guests a relaxing feeling. It should not lead them to ‘side-eye’ one another due to its confusing and weird look. Unfortunately for the owner of this mural, it is quite creepy and not at all comforting. It does not make a person feel welcomed either.
Do Not Go Overboard With Fabric
There are benefits to using fabric in the home, but going overboard is definitely not a good idea. You can just imagine how annoying it is to clean and maintain stairs padded with furry fabric. Trust us. You do not want all that hassle.