Consider the size of your living room and furniture.
Consider different forms of lighting.
Consider the quality of the floor and its maintenance.
Remember to bear in mind what you plan to do in your living room and design the room accordingly.
Consider the storage of items and a clutter free living room.
Consider a themed living room that brings balance into the living room. Consider themes like African, minimalist, American country etc… what suits your natural tastes and preferences.
Have a dull plain living room that does not incorporate color into it.
Use matchy matchy furniture.
Be afraid to mix up different hues, colours and texture in artefacts .
Rely only on overhead lighting; try and incorporate side lamps, wall lamps etc.
Push all furniture against the wall,
Forget end tables and have your family or guests endure the discomfort of using sofas or arm chair rests to place their foods and drinks.
Hang art pieces so high beyond average eye level.
Use tiny rugs that tend to ‘float around the room’.
Buy furniture you will never use.
The living room should be a picture of ones personal tastes, preferences, a place of comfort, a room where one is free to be themselves. It should not as much be a designer’s haven which has no emotive or social connection to the home’s residents.
Kwambie Nyambane is a Sales Force Effectiveness Manager in a leading bank in Kenya 'by day', a passionate inspirational blogger 'by night'; and a wellness enthusiast championing healthy lifestyle choices. The founder and lead writer of this blog is a Bsc. Food Science and Post -Harvest Technology graduate of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya, holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Nairobi and is currently pursuing a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Nairobi. Kwambie is a member of Bloggers Association of Kenya. She believes in taking life with a big spoon, seeing the cup always as half full, and enjoying the scenery in this journey called life. Kwambie is daughter to Lilly Moraa and James Nyambane, mother to one beloved son nicknamed "The Champ"; sister to Marci and beloved auntie to the A & Z girls. She and her family make Nairobi City, Kenya their home. This blog is dedicated to her parents Moraa and Nyambane for their awesome inspiration in her formative years, for being her pillar of strength through life, her siblings Marci and Joash, and to her son "The Champ" and her nieces who represent the generation that came after her. May the nuggets contained in this blog serve many generations, the world over to come.