Creating Your Perfect Living Room
When you are at home, the best “living” happens in the one room aptly named, the living room. Your living room should be a place where you feel totally comfortable and at ease. It’s a space made for relaxing, bringing family closer together, to play games and host movie nights. Creating your perfect living room with living room furniture that reflects your lifestyle and your personal taste doesn’t have to be hard. Read on for tips and ideas for creating your perfect living room retreat.
Styling your living room doesn't have to happen all at once. You can either start by working in new smaller pieces into your current space like end tables, ottomans, or benches or working up to larger living room furniture items like accent chairs, coffee tables or bookshelves.
What is Your Style?
Contemporary or modern, traditional or rustic, farmhouse or industrial, transitional or mid-century – you can find living room favorites to suit every style. From delicate pleating and tailored piping on a sophisticated sofa to stainless steel cross base coffee and end tables, you can shop by style that will suit your taste and budget.
What is Your Colour Theme?
If you're not dedicated to one style, look to colours and finishes to create a cohesive theme for your room. All the different shades of grey are the most current and fashionable neutral. That will create the perfect starting point to add more colours with accent chairs, pillows, wall art and decorative ceramic accents and vases. Then mix ’n match colours and style to create a living room that is uniquely you.
How Many Seats?
Whether or not you have a big family or entertain often, a variety of seating options helps make a living room feel cozier and more relaxing. Sofas and loveseats are standard living room staples, but accent chairs, benches, ottomans, and poufs help to accommodate extra guests and provides that extra seating that you sometimes need. Accent furniture lets you mix colours and materials into your space, so add that velvet accent chair, leather bench, or patterned pouf. They will look great!
What About Storage?
Working storage options into your living room makes it easier to keep your space tidy which in turn means calmer. Look for storage ottomans, decorative chests, and lift-top coffee tables to keep clutter under control. Add baskets and decorative boxes to keep small items contained on bookcases, coffee tables, and under benches. Keeping your space functional and stylish at the same time means stress free living at its finest!
Don’t Forget to Measure.
Be sure to measure your room carefully to ensure your new furniture will fit your space easily. For smaller spaces, look for items that can work double duty such as a sofa bed to provide a sleep space for guests, or nesting end tables that can be spread out around the room when company visits. With options available for living rooms of all sizes, you'll easily find small or larger living room spaces.
When creating your perfect living room, function and form are equally important. You want a living room space that is easy to keep organized but also feels like home. You want a space that makes you happy with the colours, fabrics and materials you love but you also want the furniture to be durable, comfortable, and affordable.
Finding that balance between function and form is what interior design is all about … and that’s when the fun starts!