DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME

THE SEVEN IN­TE­RIOR SINS THAT MAKE YOUR LIV­ING ROOM LOOK TACKY

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | HOME - WORDS:LYDIAHAWKE­N

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’.”

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