The Australian interior designer The Block reveals the most common style errors and solutions

A guru in the interior has revealed some of the most common mistakes that people make when styling their home.

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Darren Palmer, one of Australia's most valued experts and a judge in The Block, believes the mistakes are less about taste, and more a lack of understanding of how space works.

His analysis of errors includes designing a living room with a coffee table that is too small and pushing furniture against the wall.

Here, FEMAIL goes deeper into the faux pas that you may not know and the simple solutions from Darren for each.

The Australian interior expert Darren Palmer (photo) has made some of the most common style mistakes that people make

The Australian interior expert Darren Palmer (photo) has made some of the most common style mistakes that people make

Too small coffee tables

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The living room is a space where you will probably spend a considerable amount of time – whether you are relaxing alone or with friends.

Which means that it makes sense to include a coffee table that is large enough to be welcoming and that is placed within easy reach of a couch or chairs.

& # 39; So often I see a small or medium-sized coffee table floating away from the couches or out of the reach of some or all of the seats. It looks stingy, Darren said Domain.

One of the most common problems Darren sees is a living room with a coffee table that is too small for the space

One of the most common problems Darren sees is a living room with a coffee table that is too small for the space

One of the most common problems Darren sees is a living room with a coffee table that is too small for the space

His solution, prior to buying furniture, is to measure the available space between your sofas and seats and to mark a rectangle or square.

& # 39; That means that if you have, for example, 2.2 m x 2.2 m available open space, you can ideally place a coffee table around 1.2 x 1.2 m, & # 39; he said.

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He added that you want to leave a space of between 400 and 500 millimeters between the edges of a sofa or chair on the edge of a coffee table.

Although the expert said the most instinctively will tear against the beat, a larger piece stands out and can be used as an area to organize your most interesting items.

Push furniture against the walls

A styling trick that creates a sense of space is to avoid the temptation to push every piece of furniture against the wall.

This is something that can be done regardless of the size of the room, Darren said.

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He said the style trick might seem counterintuitive, but it is one that creates what he & # 39; the luxury of space & # 39; calls.

Darren said the styling idea works well with a sofa and can be done by simply removing the piece 600 millimeters from the wall and adding a slim console.

The added plane gives you space to build a stylish vignette. Consider the use of lamps, tall plants or other interesting objects.

Darren believes that larger carpets that fill the entire space are better for adding texture and color than those that are too small

Darren believes that larger carpets that fill the entire space are better for adding texture and color than those that are too small

Darren believes that larger carpets that fill the entire space are better for adding texture and color than those that are too small

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Wrong format carpets

When adding rugs to your home, size is important – meaning you have to avoid the temptation to become too small.

If you are looking for a rug for the living room, Darren recommends buying one that fits ideally under the front legs of your lounge seating.

If this space comes with side tables, make sure that your rug is large enough to accommodate it – half-to-half an interior is no-no.

Darren said his approach to carpets is that as long as there is around 400-500 millimeters of border space, the carpet can never be too large.

Avoid random distribution by creating stylish vignettes - this way you can display your favorite items without worrying that they will look messy
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Avoid random distribution by creating stylish vignettes - this way you can display your favorite items without worrying that they will look messy

Avoid random distribution by creating stylish vignettes – this way you can display your favorite items without worrying that they will look messy

The random spread

With household items now cheaper than ever, it is too tempting to think that you have to buy the newest piece to add to your home.

Darren said that too many items in the house are a recipe for junk, although with a little thought it is possible to stylishly display your favorite pieces.

He recommends creating a style vignette (a kind of story) as a way to show your beloved pieces.

Darren & # 39; s formula is to use a stack of books, a candle, a plant or flowers together with a favorite decor item or sculptural piece, and unite through theme or color.

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