If you’ve got a room in your house that doesn’t feel quite right but you don’t know why – there’s a good chance that it’s an easy fix. The trick is figuring out why the room isn’t quite working. Take a hard look around and you will likely find one or more of these very common decorating mistakes.
The good news is that if you discover one or more of these decorating mistakes in your home, you can easily correct the problem.
1. Furniture Lined Up Along The Walls
When the furniture in a room hugs the walls it leaves a big void or hole in the middle of the room. Fix it! Move the furniture away from the walls – pull it into the room so it floats like in the photo above. Surprisingly, it makes more space in the room while creating a cozy or more intimate conversation area.
2. Architectural Features Are Ignored
Whether it’s a fireplace, a bay window, an angled wall, a built-in bookcase, or some other feature in your room, pay attention to it. Arrange your furniture so your seating is directed to the key architectural feature.
3. No Focal Point
Accent the primary feature in the room with furniture, art and accessories. If there isn’t a “natural” focal point then create one by building your furniture arrangement around an armoire or a piece of art – something to visually anchor the room and draw attention.
4. No Intimate Conversation Area
Avoid placing your furniture so that it’s “shouting distance” between seating pieces – this often happens when your furniture is arranged so it hugs the walls. Tighten the seating around a focal point so that you have a comfortable conversation area. In a previous post I wrote about arranging furniture around a focal point, creating a focal point and creating a conversation area. To read it click here.
5. Inadequate Lighting
It’s surprising how many rooms are too dark. Think triangle – three lighting sources in a triangle and three layers of light to include task, ambient and mood lighting. Read more about decorating with lighting in this post I previously wrote.