The living room is arguably the most important room in a home. Whereas bedrooms serve the individuals whom they belong to, living rooms are shared spaces for all the members of the family, and sometimes even their guests. Living rooms are the most used common area in a home, where families come together to converse, play, laugh, think, and be entertained. The living room is also where families entertain their friends and guests, and for that reason living rooms are also the “face” of the house.
For the reasons above, designing and furnishing a living room is extremely important and can be daunting if one doesn’t know where to start. Not to worry though, we’re here to help. Here’s a quick guide on things to consider when designing your living room, and some suggestions on great home furniture pieces.
To get things going, we suggest starting by first establishing some practical necessities. If you have young children, it may be wise to purchase furniture that is easy to clean. If you live with some elderly folks, you may wish to prioritize comfort and purchase a massage chair instead. If you have a family of avid music listeners, you could consider splurging on a good sound system. You get the drift…
It is also important to determine what mood you wish to create in your living room, for this will affect every single decision you make from the colour of the paint on your walls, to your furniture, and lighting.
Sofas & Couches
The centerpiece of a living room is most often a sofa. Depending on your space and personal preferences, there are a variety of sofa types (sectionals, chaise, English roll arm, etc.) and materials (fabric, leather, etc.) to select from. Check out some of our favourites:
As an accompaniment to the sofa, coffee tables and side tables are essential for resting drinks, or displaying our favourite coffee table books, vases of flowers, and picture frames.
When choosing a television console, much depends on your family’s entertainment preferences. Choose one that will fit all your electronic equipment – from television sets, to sound systems, and PlayStation consoles.
Be sure also to create storage space for whatever you wish to store in the living room, such as books, board games, and children’s toys.
Lastly, while many agonize over the perfect coffee table and television set, don’t forget that equally important also is the lighting. Be sure to have ample lighting for various activities such as reading, writing and watching television. When choosing lighting for a living room, consider using different kinds of lights at different levels that may be combined to create different atmospheres and moods.
There are a countless elements to a living room – the sofa, coffee table, television, shelves, toys, picture frames – all of which you can pick and combine to create a living space that is symbolic and unique to you and your family.
We hope you’ve gleaned some ideas on how to create a living room that will best cater for you and your family. For more furniture and décor ideas, be sure to check out our home furniture store!
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