The living room is the heart of your home, a space where you relax, entertain guests, and make cherished memories. Over time, it’s easy for this area to accumulate unnecessary items that can clutter the space and make it feel less inviting.
Let’s embark on a home makeover journey by identifying ten living room items that should be shown on the door. By removing these items, you can refresh your living room, creating a more welcoming, aesthetically pleasing, and functional environment.
Cheap Plastic Blinds
Be sure that the curtains fit the window properly. Curtains that are too short, too long, or of poor quality can detract from your living room’s aesthetics. Invest in well-fitted, high-quality curtains that complement your decor.
Plastic mini blinds ruin the sophistication of the lounge area, and I feel that they are more appropriate in the office space. Obviously we need window coverings in our homes. Opt for something with a little more style. To make the living room as pleasing as possible, curtains are a great choice.
Excessive clutter on coffee tables, side tables, and shelves can overwhelm your living room and make it look messy. Clear the clutter by organizing items and only displaying what’s truly meaningful or decorative.
Super Oversized/Overstuffed Furniture
Oversized, bulky furniture can dominate a space and make it feel cramped. Opt for furniture that is appropriately scaled to your room’s size, providing both comfort and space to move around.
We get it that recliner is the most comfortable thing you have ever sat in, but the out of proportion overstuffed furniture trend tends to look sloppy and saggy. Try to find a comfortable and more tailored recliner. They do exist!
Too Many Art Pieces
The main role of the living room is to entertain and socialize. It should be a relaxing space. That’s why a few simplistic pieces can make it more comfortable. Too many art pieces make the room feel busy, and they distract people from trying to engage.
Matchy-Matchy Sets of Furniture
Different kinds of furniture can add depth and dimension to a space. Instead of every piece being a replica of the last, try to layer some interest in the shape and style. Avoid buying a 5 piece set of end tables, coffee table and sofa table of the same exact design in different dimensions. Consider all the pieces, tables, armchairs, and sofas—this can elevate the space and make it less boring.
Too Many Patterns
Mixing too many patterns, such as busy wallpapers, rugs, and throw pillows, can create visual chaos. Unless you have a designer with considerable skill and a talent for patterns, you aren’t going to pull this off and it will end up looking a bit like a circus. Stick to textures within a family of colors, a few coordinated patterns and solid colors for a harmonious look without a huge amount of effort.
Exposed Cables and Wires
Exposed cables and wires from electronics can make your living room look messy. Conceal them with cable organizers, cord covers, or by arranging furniture strategically.
Also this will prevent people from tripping or yanking the wrong equipment.
A table piece can tie the room together, but if it is too large, it obstructs conversation. So, the goal is to keep my centerpieces small yet eye-catching. This way, I can converse across the room with our guests.
Last on the list is carpeting. Wall-to-wall carpeting can be a nightmare to maintain in the living room because of traffic and furnishings. Carpeting can make your living room look outdated and difficult to maintain. Consider replacing it with hardwood flooring and a beautiful area rug for a fresh and stylish look. You get the comfort of carpeting without the long term commitment to something that is so hard to truly keep clean.
Neglected or Dated Decor
Decor elements that are outdated, damaged, or neglected can diminish your living room’s appeal. Regularly update and maintain your decor items to keep your space looking fresh and inviting.
Conclusion: Your living room should be a comfortable and visually appealing space that reflects your style and personality. By addressing these 10 common design issues, you can transform an ugly living room into a beautiful, welcoming, and harmonious space where you and your guests will enjoy spending time. Don’t be afraid to experiment with new design ideas and regularly update your decor to keep your living room looking its best.
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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.