As a space shared with family and friends, a living room needs to make the grade when it comes to comfort and style. Durability is key, too, for furniture that will see daily use – and that, due to its cost, you are going to change relatively infrequently. Whether you’re designing a living room scheme from scratch in a separate space or a zone of an open-plan scheme, or looking for the best individual buys to update the room, our guide has it all.
WHICH LIVING ROOM FURNITURE DO YOU NEED?
The furniture essentials for most living rooms? Seating, storage, a place to put the TV and home tech, and occasional tables. Homes blessed with separate television rooms or even home cinemas can skip part of the list, but most need to accommodate all of these elements when creating the best living room layout.
LIVING ROOM FURNITURE STYLES
The rigid formula of three-piece suite and a set of matching wood cabinets and coffee tables has given way to a more relaxed approach to putting together a living room furniture combination. Contemporary furniture, Mid-century designs and older pieces can all work beautifully together, so rather than sticking to one era, think of the overall look.
How to make it work? Consider opting for the same wood rather than furniture range throughout, with perhaps a hero piece in dark wood or a painted finish while the remainder is pale, for example. Think furniture outlines as well. Are curves the order of the day for sofa legs and overall outline, and for side tables and armchairs? Or perhaps the long, low shape of contemporary buys suit the room better. Repeated details of colour or material can also help unite the selection.