How to Choose Living Room Furniture

If you’ve decided it’s time to spruce up the living room with new furniture, there are a few tips that can help you elevate your living room’s function and form, regardless of the amount of space you have.

In a larger room, an oversized sofa can make a great focal point, or center of attention.  Having a large, comfortable sofa in a rich solid color or fabulous print can make your living room seem ultra-inviting to your guests when you entertain or to you at the end of a long day when all you want to do is stretch out and relax.  Add a second matching sofa facing the first for a great space for conversations.  Opting for easily moveable coordinating armchairs and/or ottomans allows for a living room that can be configured for face-to-face entertaining or a great place for friends to gather for a movie marathon or game day.

Add appropriate side tables, end tables, or coffee tables (or some combination of all three) to provide surfaces for drinks, books, lamps, photos, and any collectibles or knick-knacks you want to keep on display.  All of this contributes to the welcoming atmosphere of your living room.  The largest living rooms might easily accommodate and be made more inviting with multiple seating areas.  You can distinguish multiple areas by the use of furniture colors or area rugs.  Ideally, the furniture in the different areas will be moveable enough to allow you to combine these areas into one large entertaining space for big gatherings.

If you have a smaller living room, you might not be able to fit several large furniture pieces, but it doesn’t mean you have to choose between a great area for conversation and a great area for watching TV.  Again, making your sofa an anchor is a good start, as it will almost certainly be the largest item in the room.  A raised sofa can make a small room look a little bigger.  Going with an oversized or overstuffed sofa might not be the best idea for a really small space, but that doesn’t mean you have to go with the smallest or sleekest model out there.  Adding a matching chair offers more seating, obviously, and can even make the room look more spacious.  Ottomans are also great pieces for smaller rooms.  Many are plenty large enough and comfortable enough to use for seating or as a footstool.  They’re typically light enough that they can be easily moved as needed, and many come with built-in storage, which can be super handy in a smaller space.  A smaller living room might not be able to accommodate as many occasional tables as a large space, but tables shouldn’t be overlooked altogether.  You can find smaller end tables that offer extra storage or behind-the-sofa tables that are super functional without taking up much space.  Having a place for lamps, vases, and the such can be a great way to add splashes of color or shine that can make the room seem bigger, but still cozy and inviting.

Whatever size your room, be sure to include different types and brightnesses of lighting to help you set the mood for whatever type of gathering (or personal quiet time) you’re looking for.

Don’t underestimate the power of pops of color in your living room.  Decorative accent pillows with bold designs, colorful throws, pieces of art, or a boldly-colored accent wall can all help keep a large room from seeming cavernous or make a small room seem larger, ensuring that your living room lives up to its name.

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