10 mistakes to avoid when decorating your living room


Filipa Namora, CEO

Filipa Namora, CEO

It is essential to be fully aware of all the data, so that we can visualize and develop the best and most appropriate solution
Not analyzing the existing

Each room is always a different challenge, composed of elements that make each one a distinct and unique space. Characteristics such as the color of the walls and ceilings, the texture, the existing floor, the height of the ceiling height, the materials that constitute it, the size of the windows, the amount of doors, and the lighting feeds should “dress” the moment when the creative process for this type of spaces begins. It is fundamental to be fully aware of these data, in order to be able to visualize and develop the best and most adequate solution.

Not calculating and understanding the circulation space of a room

This is a point that I suggest be mandatorily thought out in the plan. To do so, it is necessary to identify and consider what you want in the room, so that, afterwards, its viability can be studied. To do so, you must also consider the circulation spaces and their dimensions and needs. These measurements are actually very easy to find out, and almost all of them are available online. Just check them out.

Don’t think about the whole. Thinking about the particular

It is crucial to have a concept and style or styles defined right away (I put it in the plural, because, in fact, often the combination of different styles has interesting results). However, it is crucial to realize that this is an exercise that must always go from the general to the particular.

For example, suppose you envision a Nordic style for your living room. The first thing you should select is a color palette, consisting of about six different shades. If you’ll allow me, I suggest that you always opt for neutral tones in your base. It becomes easier and safer.

Next, identify all the dynamics that you want to organize the space (dining area, reading area, living area, fireplace, TV area…), as well as the circulation spaces. Pay attention to the location of the TV area, as it is convenient that it is not exposed to too much natural light due to possible unwanted reflections.

All white

Most people believe that betting on white translates into brighter and wider spaces. Despite being a neutral color, versatile and safe, the truth is that this rule is to be broken, since monochromatic decoration can compromise the perception of depth. If you want to enlarge or illuminate spaces, there are other simple solutions, such as using mirrors or placing large rugs.

Lack of personality

The room in our home should be seen as a book that characterizes us. Don’t be afraid to take on the kind of books you identify with. If you like to read about wines or architecture manifest your tastes and don’t be afraid to use candles with aromas that transport you to sensory realities that make you feel good. Showcase objects that you like or that have symbolic value and boldly exhibit paintings, even large ones. When it’s time to decorate, put your fears aside and take a chance! You’ll easily find that your audacity was worth it, because it will be the guarantee of a more authentic home.

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Buying for looks

This is one of the biggest mistakes I see being made. Buy on impulse and because it is visually beautiful… never! Value comfort and functionality. What good is it to have a room worthy of being on the cover of a magazine, if we don’t feel comfortable watching a movie or having dinner? Balance must be present, so that we can feel good.

Short curtains

On this subject, I honestly have no words to describe how I feel when I see spaces with short curtains. Besides not making any sense visually, it gives the illusion of a lower ceiling height. The ideal height should be from ceiling to floor, and in its width you should work with an extra twenty centimeters after the window ends.

Furniture too big or too small

Scale is crucial for achieving a balanced space. It is therefore important to measure furniture before buying it and confirm how its size behaves on site.

Sofas that are too large compromise circulation spaces, creating the illusion of a smaller room, just as, conversely, if they are too small they end up detached and not filling the space properly. Tip: if you want more seating, opt for a sofa and one or two armchairs, freeing up the environment more.

Place all furniture against walls

Don’t lean all your furniture against walls, freeing up the central space as a way to become more spacious. Remember that the sofa itself can serve as a divider, and we currently have a huge diversity. Be creative in positioning the pieces so that their arrangement is harmonious.

Bad lighting

Those who know me know that I could not fail to mention lighting. I will repeat what I say every day to my clients: it is useless to have superbly decorated spaces if the lighting is not good. It dresses a space and is the true creator of ambience, besides the fact that many times it has the ability to correct errors in the workmanship.

Well, I hope I’ve been useful and in time to help all those who are starting this challenging adventure.