An interior designer shares what she would never have in her living room

There is a range of home decor items you can choose from to spruce up your living room, so it’s important to know which styles to avoid.

Insider asked the interior designer and owner of Design Solutions Luciana Fragali on the things she would never have in her living room.

You won’t find unframed posters or artwork pasted on its walls

Fragali said she avoids sticking unframed artwork on her walls because your living room shouldn’t scream “college dorm.”

For an added level of sophistication, get frames for your pieces.

The designer does not keep her floors bare

A living room with a white sofa, a coffee table, a TV and bare wooden floors

Bare floors can look simple.

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According to Fragali, bare or untreated floors are a missed design opportunity that can potentially damage your hardwood.

“A rug changes the focal point of a room and adds a visual divider that makes the space cozier and cozier,” she told Insider, adding that rugs can also make a room feel more cohesive.

Futons are not the best seating option

Fragali said she avoids futons in her living room.

For another space-conscious alternative, she suggested accent chairs or ottomans.

Plastic fruits won’t improve your coffee table

Plastic yellow pears in a silver fruit bowl

The fake fruits may just make your guests hungry for the real ones.

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Plastic fruits add little to your home decor.

“You can’t eat them, and instead of serving as eye candy, it will just make your guests hungry for the real stuff,” Fragali explained.

Instead, she suggested putting on a serving tray with an array of small decorative items.

She avoids neon lights in her living room

The designer said these neon signs are ideal for a bar but not for your living space.

She suggested trying an aesthetic floor lamp or hanging accent pieces to give your room the right kind of lighting treatment.

Vertical blinds are neither aesthetic nor efficient

Corner of the house with white vertical blinds, chair, table and stairs

Vertical blinds aren’t very effective at maximizing light.

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Vertical blinds are a series of thin slats hung in front of a window that can be turned and condensed to let in light, but Fragali says they’re not worth a look.

“I personally never understood that,” she told Insider. “Not only are they not aesthetically pleasing, they fail to maximize light to brighten up the living room.”

She recommended trying sheer shades instead.

Stuffed Animals May Look A Bit Old Fashioned

Instead of taking up wall space with the giant head of a deer, opt for a mirror instead.

“Not only do they look great, but they also maximize space and create additional lighting,” Fragali explained.

The designer does not hang up the arms

Fragali recommended keeping your weapons out of the way, especially as decoration.

Instead, she suggested opting for sculptural pieces to make a statement.

Empty shelves can give the wrong impression to your guests

Living room with sofa, art and clean wooden shelf

A bare shelf can make you look uninspired.

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Fragali said staging shelves is a “cup of tea” for many interior designers, so you’ll never find an empty one in her living room.

She added that a bare shelf can send the wrong message to guests and imply that you are uninspired.

You won’t find word decals on its walls

According to Fragali, wall decals can ruin the look of your space.

“If I see the words ‘live, laugh, love’ on another wall, I risk losing it as a designer,” she said.

Instead, she recommended livening up your space with pop art or concept pieces.

Betty K. Park