5 Most Common Living Room Layout Mistakes

There are many creative ways you can arrange the furniture in your living room. There are also a lot of incorrect ways too. We’ve listed the 5 most common living room layout mistakes so you don’t have to worry about making these same design errors.

5 Most Common Living Room Layout Mistakes

Creating an obstacle course. 

The last thing you want is to have your guest trip over the furniture. If you find yourself walking through an obstacle course to get to your sofa or favorite recliner, then your living room layout is all wrong. Arrange your furniture so that you avoid sharp turns and you don’t trip over an ottoman or pouf to get to your comfy seat. 
5 Most Common Living Room Layout Mistakes

Furniture pinned against the walls. 

Placing your sofa and side tables flushed against the wall creates a stiff and unnatural environment. Give some space between your sofa and the wall, even if it’s only a few inches. This lends to more room for an intimate and relaxed living space.
5 Most Common Living Room Layout Mistakes
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Not enough secondary light.

Don’t just rely on overhead light fixtures. Nobody wants to host a cocktail party under bright overhead lighting. Secondary light, like floor lamps, table lamps, and wall sconces, manipulate the space and ambiance. 
5 Most Common Living Room Layout Mistakes
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Ignoring valuable wall space.

Not everything belongs on the floor, especially if you’re working with a small living room. Upgrade your living room layout and hang floating shelves to display books and accessories. Macrame plant hangers don’t take up floor space and are a beautiful way to hang houseplants from the ceiling.
5 Most Common Living Room Layout Mistakes
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Incorrect furniture size.

The size of your furniture should compliment the size of your space. A small apt size sofa does not look good in a large and spacious living room. It makes the space look unfinished and even cold. An oversized sofa sectional in a small living room will look and feel crowded. Finding the right furniture scale that’s well proportioned with the size and square footage of the space is an important factor for the layout of your living room.