Top Three Design Mistakes We SeeColby Morrell
Unless you’re an interior designer who arranges furniture on a daily basis, you may not even know about these three interior design mistakes that our team sees the most. Are you one of these offenders?
Placing the Sofa Against a Wall
This is by far the most common mistake we see people do. People usually push the sofa right up against a wall to create more room, but this actually makes a space look visually smaller. Sofas need breathing room and when they are pushed against a wall they appear crowded. Furniture should float in the room. Of course sometimes traditional “rules” don’t always work in some narrow spaces, but it’s a good general rule of thumb.
Hanging Art Too High
We’re not sure why, but people like to hang art much higher than it should be. Eye level or about 60 inches is the best height for hanging art and mirrors. To hang artwork over a sofa, make sure the bottom edge is six inches above the top of the sofa. This will make the art feel connected to the furniture and be part of the space.
Not Enough / Too Many Pillows
There is nothing worse than having a beautiful sofa that you can’t even see or sit on because it is covered in pillows. On the other hand, we see so many bare sofas that don’t have any pillows at all – both creating a very uninviting feel. There isn’t a maximum or minimum guideline to decorative pillows, it really comes down to scale and texture. Select a few pillows that you love in varying sizes that compliment each other and it will be hard to go wrong.