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Have you ever looked at your living space and thought that something just feels off? You’ve taken your time designing the interior and you can’t place it, but something is amiss. Not everyone is an interior designer and try as you may, it could be that you just need a little help from the experts.

Here are five mistakes to avoid when creating the interior of your home.

The Wrong Size Rug
It is important to scale a rug before purchasing one. Too often designers see a living room with a rug the size of a bath mat under the coffee table. This can make the space look awkward, when in fact the right sized rug can ground a room and create an illusion of more space. Most designers agree that bigger is always better when it comes to choosing a rug for the living room. Opt for something with natural fiber for an air of sophistication.

Too Much Furniture
Make sure that every piece of furniture serves a purpose. Ideally, the space should feel open and have good circulation. No one wants to have to squeeze between pieces when walking from the living room to the kitchen. Try to create comfortable distances between coffee tables and chairs or sofas. Remember that less is more when you’re shopping so that you and your guests don’t ever feel cramped by your space.

Matching Furniture Sets
Many people are afraid of straying from a matching furniture set. It can be daunting to select different pieces that will compliment each other and balance the space. However, matching furniture sets are a thing of the past. Most often, these sets are boring and can even give off a showroom vibe that should be avoided at all costs.
Instead, when shopping for furniture, select pieces that vary in style, color, and texture. When done correctly, the room will look thoughtful and well curated.

Afraid of Adding Color
Please, do not fear adding color! If you’re feeling a little bit shy opt for a bold colored accent rug or piece of art. If you’re ready to paint a few walls, make sure to do your research and figure out what will work with your furniture and lighting.

Forgetting about Plants
Plants bring more life to your space. When all is said and done, do not forget to pick up a few low maintenance indoor plants to spruce up your interior. You can go big or small, but plants are a great way to make a space more comfortable and airy.