Top 10 Living Room Design Mistakes You Might Be Doing

Last updated on May 17th, 2024 at 08:05 pm

When it comes to living room decor, it’s easy to fall into some common mistakes which might completely ruin the whole vibe and aesthetic of the living room.

These kind of living room design mistakes that I am going to discuss are difficult to avoid but are pretty easy to solve if you first of all, read the whole article and secondly absorbed the knowledge.

Let’s explore these mistakes and how you can avoid them to create a space that fully reflects your style and choice.

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Top 10 Living Room Design Mistakes

Now, to make things easier for you because you might not want to read everything, you can watch the following video.

I recommend you to watch the video as you will find it much more interesting.

1. Ignoring the Power of Lighting:

Ignoring the Power of Lighting

First of all, lighting is very important in any room, especially in the living room. Yet, many people overlook its importance.

You can have the best color palette, best seating arrangement and curtains etcetera but if you don’t have the perfect lighting to show your decor, everything is useless.

Natural light, ambient lighting, and task lighting all play key roles in creating the right atmosphere. Make sure to incorporate different lighting sources according to your requirements.

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2. Making A Cluttered Mess:

Making A Cluttered Mess

Um, I think that a cluttered living room can feel chaotic and overwhelming. The above picture can be an extreme example but you get the point.

Avoid this mistake by decluttering regularly and try to find storage solutions for items you don’t use frequently. Make sure to keep surfaces clear and only display items that bring joy or serve a purpose.

3. Neglecting Wall Decor:

Neglecting Wall Decor

Hear me out, blank walls can make a room feel unfinished. I highly recommend you to don’t leave your walls bare! Look at the above picture the living room feels a bit empty in my opinion.

You can incorporate wall artwork, mirrors, or other decorative elements to add visual interest and personality to your space. Get creative and mix and match different pieces to create a gallery wall or focal point.

4. Poor Furniture Arrangement:

Poor Furniture Arrangement

A pretty obvious living room mistake is definitely furniture placement, it can make or break the flow of a room. Avoid pushing all your furniture against the walls or overcrowding the space.

Don’t just put everything like it is in the above picture.

Instead of it, create conversation areas and leave enough space for people to move around comfortably. Experiment with different layouts until you find the perfect arrangement.

5. Clashing Colors:

Clashing Colors

So, choosing the right color palette is pretty important for creating a cohesive look in your living room. Avoid clashing colors by sticking to a unified scheme.

You can also use website’s like for generating and choosing a color palette for your decor style.

Make sure to consider factors such as the size of the room, the amount of natural light, and the mood you want to create. Don’t be afraid to use pops of color, but make sure they complement rather than compete with each other.

6. No Greenery:

No Greenery

You know what, plants are an easy and inexpensive way to add life and texture to your living room. Don’t forget to buy some greenery for your decor!

Just make sure to choose plants that are quite suitable for indoors and suit your lifestyle, whether it’s low-maintenance succulents or leafy ferns. Plants not only purify the air, but they also bring a touch of nature indoors.

7. Too Many Pillows:

Too Many Pillows

While throw pillows can add comfort and style to your seating area, it’s easy to throw a bunch on pillow on the couch and think it’s looking nice.

This one’s very important, make sue to avoid pillow overload by sticking to a few well-chosen pillows that complement your decor.

Consider the size of your furniture and the overall look you want to achieve. Just remember, less is often more when it comes to throw pillows.

8. Neglecting the Coffee Table:

Neglecting the Coffee Table

In my opinion, the coffee table is often the centerpiece of the living room, yet many of you don’t focus much on it and leave it empty and not decorate it.

You should avoid neglecting your coffee table by styling it with intention. Make sure to put decorative objects, books, and trays to create a visually appealing vignette. Keep it balanced and CLUTTER-FREE to ensure it remains functional.

9. Choosing the Wrong Curtains:

Choosing the Wrong Curtains

If you’re a good home decorator you will definitely know that curtains can make a big impact on the look and feel of your living room.

The color of the curtains mainly impact the feel and vibe of your living room. So, make sure to not choose a color which is completely not in your color palette.

You should avoid choosing the wrong curtains by considering factors such as fabric, length, and style. Select curtains that complement your decor and enhance the overall ambiance of the room. Make sure they’re the right size and length for your windows to ensure a polished look.

Make sure read my article on curtain ideas.

10. Ignoring Your Budget:

Ignoring Your Budget

You should always remember that decorating your living room must not always empty your wallet, you can make a cozy living room within your budget, you just have to do a bit of extra work.

Make sure to avoid overspending by setting a budget and sticking to it. Prioritize your spending on key pieces such as furniture and invest in quality items that will last and remember that every shining item isn’t gold.

Get creative with DIY projects and thrift store finds to stretch your budget further.


In conclusion, avoid these common living room design mistakes to create a living room that is both beautiful and functional.

By paying attention to lighting, decluttering regularly, and choosing the right decor elements, you can make your space into a cozy and inviting.

So take your time, don’t rush, experiment with different ideas, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Your dream living room is within reach!

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