DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME
THE SEVEN INTERIOR SINS THAT MAKE YOUR LIVING ROOM LOOK TACKY
It’s where we spend the majority of our evenings lounging on the sofa after a long day - but have you ever stopped to consider just how on-trend your living room is? Or, dare we say it, how tacky?
According to the home stylists at Domain, there are seven deadly interior sins that will instantly cheapen your living space – and it’s amazing how many we’re guilty of.
1. BEAN BAGS
They’re undeniably comfy and make us feel like we’re a teenager again - but according to these interior designers, bean bags are best left in children’s bedrooms.
The stylists say that bean bags featuring your kids’ favourite “Disney characters, unicorns, or rockets” will make your living room look tacky.
However, the experts suggest investing in a “sheepskin variety” as they’re “the epitome of stylish and the natural materials are enjoying a comeback that isn’t going anywhere”.
2. FAMILY PHOTO SHOOTS
You know the ones – where family members are all wearing the same colour and pulling a big cheesy grin for the camera in a photographer’s studio.
However, the home design experts claim that – no matter how sweet the photos – they can actually make your living space more tacky.
“Family photos can be a beautiful thing,” they said. “But the best are those that capture genuine moments of happiness or reflection as if the subject was unaware of the photographer’s presence.”
3. SPORTS TROPHIES AND MEDALS
It’s only natural that parents want to flaunt their children’s sporting trophies or school medals around their home.
However, the experts claim that these glistening gold trophies will take away from your stylish living space.
Instead, the interior designs recommend keeping trophies in children’s bedrooms or pinning them to a noticeboard elsewhere.
4. FAKE PLANTS
While it’s pretty easy to find convincing fake plants these days, the cheap artificial flower you picked up in your local supermarket just isn’t going to cut it.
Rather than cheapening your home with a fake, the experts urge homemakers to choose more low-maintenance varieties such as chic devil’s ivy, peace lilies or a snake plant.
5. OLD NEWSPAPERS
Okay so admittedly they might make a cool background for a shameless Instagram brunch picture - but keeping old, outdated newspapers in your living room is just going to make it look cluttered. Chuck them out (along with any old magazines) and your space will look a lot tidier for it.
6. TINY RUGS
Adding a rug is the easiest way to break up your living room. However it’s important to choose one which matches the space well, the experts claim.
“Done well, a rug can really define a space or transform it from average to fabulous,” they said. “But size is key and too often we buy rugs that fall on the diminutive side.”
7. WORD ART
Something of a Marmite addition to homes, these home interior experts are firmly against word art on walls of any kind.
“There’s only one thing to say when it comes to the trend for decorating walls and shelves with words and that’s a ‘no’.”