Essential Pieces for a Comfortable Living Room

by | Dec 9, 2022

Your living room is one of those spaces in your home that gets the most use. And it’s without doubt that it should be comfortable, house everything you need and have enough storage space to keep it clutter free.

Have you ever looked aghast at your living room and realised that you need to do something about it?

Kids toys strewn across the floor, electrical cables procreating and spewing from sockets like some random liquorice strings?

Stressful, right?

Well, here’s some tips and tricks to keep your living room cosy, comfortable and a real pleasure to spend time in!

Most people use their living room to relax and watch television, listen to music, play with the family or partake in some sort of craft. With this in mind, here are a few essentials that will make your space work for you.

  1. Seating

There are many options on seating, but most people would consider a sofa to be the most important furniture item in a living room.

Consider the size and shape of your room first and make sure that your sofa fits aesthetically into the space. A small sofa will get swamped in a large room and equally, a big sofa will take over the entire space and look overbearing.

If you have a spare corner in your room, you could consider an accent chair to complement your sofa.

There are other items of seating available, such as chaise-longues, corner sofas – even funky deck chairs could have their place in a living room!

  1. Tables

Tables are essential for obvious reasons – glass or cup placement, being one of them!

Without doubt, a decent coffee table is an essential item to have in your living room. It’s a key piece and central to both the aesthetics of the room and for sheer practicality.

Coffee tables come in all shapes and sizes, but make sure that the size is complementary to the sofa.

You could also consider an ottoman as a replacement for a traditional coffee table. These provide a great deal of storage space and can look really chic in the middle of your living room, giving it a cosy and timeless ambiance.

Side tables placed next to your sofa and chairs are also a good option.

The key to essential furniture in your living room is to make it easy to relax in and so, any furniture you place in it needs to serve that purpose.

  1. Media Consoles

If you like to use your living room to watch television or play games consoles, one of the best ways to keep all these gadgets tidy and easily accessible is a media console.

These come in different designs – in fact, you can pretty much design your own console with modern, modular designs.

You can decide on the height, width, colour, shelving, cupboard space to suit your lifestyle these days.

Gone are the days when ‘one size fits all’ – you’re in control and you can make your media console work your way!

Media consoles can also double up as book shelves, crockery stores, craft storage space – in fact, anything you like!

Instead of having a free-standing bookshelf, you can utilise your media console to serve a dual purpose.

  1. Creature Comforts

The all-important ‘creature comforts’ will pull your living space together beautifully!

Rugs – these can play an important role in adding a bit of luxury to your living room. If you have a wooden floor, they can really help to keep the space warm in winter. Just the look of a rug on a wooden floor will immediately give the feeling of cosiness and warmth.

Throws and Cushions – always important because they add personality to your living space whilst having a practical use. Throws that are casually draped over an accent chair or sofa will immediately give the impression of a warm and inviting space.

Lighting – consider the light that comes into your living space. It’s a real pain if you’re wanting to read, but the ceiling lighting doesn’t shine where the sofa or accent chair is! Standard lamps and table lamps are important items because they throw light to areas where you need it most.

Plants – green foliage is always a welcome sight in any living space. They are beautiful in their own right and will complement any room, not just living rooms. A large rubber plant placed in an awkward corner will help soften the area and could turn it into another focal point in the room.

Or pretty little stephanotis’ sitting on a coffee table will undoubtedly lift the spirits!

Curtains – dressing your windows is key to a successful living room space. Consider if you have good access to the windows where you can easily open and close the curtains. If it’s difficult, you may want to consider blinds instead.

Accent pieces – wall décor, pictures and ornaments will help bring out your living rooms personality and pull it all together, making it a comfortable and inviting space for you and your family to enjoy.

If you have a living room that you need to use as a dining room as well, then space will be of prime importance. You could consider an extendable table that will fold down when not in use and benches that push under the table, rather than dining room chairs, to save much needed space.

Summary

In conclusion, the first place to start is to think about the space and the ambience you want to create.

Secondly, decide what you’re going to use the space for and where you want to place essential furniture items.

Thirdly, when you’ve placed your big items in the room, place your accent accessories to complete the look.

We hope this gives you a practical place to start when choosing the essential furniture items for your living room.

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