One of the most important rooms to design right is the living room. Not only is it the most used room in the house, but it’s also usually the first, and longest, impression any guests will have on your home.

Most people are able to make their living rooms look very nice with what they have, but they make these key mistakes that ruin the aesthetics of a room.

That’s why we compiled 5 common living room design mistakes, to help you make the most of your living room.

Having the Wrong Sofa

The most common issue comes from the most important piece of furniture, the sofa. Many homeowners have an old, worn out sofa that brings down the entire room. Unfortunately, it’s hard to tie a room together when the centerpiece so beaten.

It’s worth investing in a sofa that’s timeless, simple, and high quality. You want something that will last you a long time, and more importantly, look fresh and new for as long as possible.

Not Mixing Different Styles

Your living room is not a hotel lobby. There is such thing as too much matching. While buying a whole set can look lovely, it will give your living room an artificial, more commercial look.

For home design, you want personality and authenticity. You want to make sure it expresses you and no one else. The way you do that is through your smaller items. Be sure to have lots of small decorations, different kinds of furniture, and a mix of modern and retro to balance out the room.

Not Properly Hanging Artwork

While artwork should be at eye level, there are exceptions that folks usually ignore. Anyone with a particularly tall wall might want their artwork hanging a little higher, or lower for shorter walls.

Ideally, your artwork should be about ¾ length of the wall from the floor.

Small Rug

Another common mistake is that living room rugs are almost always too small. You want a rug that really takes up a lot of space and can hold not only your coffee table, but your sofa and other furniture as well.

You want to avoid rugs smaller than 6 feet wide, aim for 8 or 10 feet.

Old Floor

Of course the floor is the most important part of any home. It’s literally keeps everything grounded. If your floor is old, fading, maybe out of fashion (looking at you 70’s carpet) or even rotting, then it might be worth investing in a new, more modern and timeless floor.

Not only can an old floor be a design hazard, it can be a physical one as well. Make sure your floors are in top shape, that there is no rotting or cracks, and that it fits with your living room perfectly.