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Homelife – top 10 living room styling mistakes

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A living room should be a place to entertain guests, as well as a space where you can relax and put your feet up. Creating a comfortable and stylish space doesn’t have to be a daunting or expensive task. Simple style tweaks that maximise space and light can make a world of difference. We asked the team atВ about the ten most common styling mistakes made by Australians in their living rooms, and what can be done to avoid them.

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Furniture placement

Pushing furniture up against all the walls of a room makes it look smaller rather than larger. Give the room breathing space by pulling the furniture away from the walls.

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Heavy curtains

Unless your curtains are a beautiful fabric and pattern, you don’t really want the curtains to be the feature of the room. ConsiderВ roller blindsВ in a neutral fabric instead of big heavy drapes – you can still have the block-out effect but in a more subtle way.

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Too much clutter

StorageВ is key when it comes to keeping the living room tidy. The more you can put behind closed doors the better.

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TV placement

The best place to position a TV is on a blank wall that isn’t blocking window light. If possible, the TV should be mounted on the wall for a more streamlined look. Otherwise, make sure you have a suitably sized TV unit to put your TV on.

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Lack of rugs

A room is never complete until there’s a bit of colour and pattern on the floor.В RugsВ on floorboards provide warmth in winter, while rugs on carpet are perfectly fine as well.

Rugging it wrong

WhileВ rugsВ are a must for a stylish living room, they should still match the size and style of the space. Small rugs imbalance the room, so go for a rug that’s so big that the front feet of all your lounge room furniture are placed on it. This provides balance and creates zones for your room, and will also make it feel larger too.

Lack of colour

Many living rooms lack colour, especially in regards artwork, rugs andВ cushions. Bright pieces add life to a room!

Oversized furniture

Many people fill their living rooms with furniture that is too large or chunky for the space, especially when it comes to sofas. This will make the room look and feel smaller. ConsiderВ sofasВ and chairs with slim line arms, particularly for smaller spaces.

Mixing styles

It’s normal to like more than one decorating style, but mixing different styles together in one room wont work. Instead, select pieces that have common elements so that they work together. For instance, if your sofa has rectangular arms, make sure you choose an armchair with matching arms rather than rolled arms.

Too much matching

While mixing different styles doesn’t work, neither does matching every single piece in the room. It’s fine to try and match up some of your furniture, but add in a few other splashes of colour to break it up.

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