Decorating Fails You'll Only Notice When They're Wrong
A designer reveals common home-décor efforts that fall short—plus, easy ways to fix them.
This Particular Size Rug
Everyone thinks they can get away with an 8x10 in their living room, as that size rug is so readily available from retailers, but unless you have a smaller-scale living room or live in a less-than-huge studio apartment, your living room will likely need a 9x12. If you are unsure, do yourself a favor before you head out shopping and measure the area of your room where the furniture will be. Your rug should be at least 3 feet wider than your sofa length, and the front legs of your furniture should comfortably fit onto the rug without it all feeling too cramped.
Designed by Emily Henderson, Photography by Tessa Neustadt