These Are the Only 9 Items You Should Have in Your Living Room

Have you just moved into a new place? Congrats. Or, are you looking to elevate your current living room and detox at the same time? Welcome. Here at Bed Threads, we're all about investing in long-lasting essentials that you'll cherish for years to come and are less interested in trendy objects that are destined for landfill once the next biggest paint colour sweeps the world of interior design. Previously we've listed the only items you need in your bedroom and now it's time to nail your living room down to just the necessities. De-cluttering isn't as daunting as it sounds, we promise. In fact, cleaning can actually make you happier. So, what are we waiting for? Let's get into the only nine items you should have in your living room. Bonus points if you have all nine. 

1. A comfortable sofa

Emphasis on comfortable. Ideally, your sofa should be stylish as well as serve as the perfect spot for a rainy day spent binge-watching Netflix. Not all sofas are equal though, and so you'll need to do a lot of sitting/laying to determine which one you're going to take home and love forever. You'll never regret buying the comfy sofa, trust me.

2. A reading chair

Call it a reading chair, an accent chair or an armchair—your living room needs one. First of all, for flexible guest seating. Second, for a place to curl up and enjoy a tea all to yourself. Depending on the amount of space you've got, it can be a streamline armless number or a generous vintage find. Just be sure to keep your proportions in line with your room, but besides that, choose something you absolutely love. Hint: it doesn't have to match your sofa.

3. An area rug

We won't stop talking about the power of an area rug...ever. Not only does a rug automatically create clear zones that makes your place look more put-together, but it also adds a layer of texture to your floor that's soft and inviting. If you're not the biggest fan of your carpet or flooring and are a) renting or b) not looking to renovate then opt for an oversized option that will redirect people's attention. Tip: your rug should be large enough that your sofa legs sit on top of the rug.

4. Statement art

White walls are great, but they do a pretty terrible job at depicting your personality or sense of style. This is where a beautiful piece of original art comes in. Whether it's a painted canvas or a photographic print you took yourself on a trip to Positano, the most interesting living rooms feature statement art. If you're keeping to neutral tones in your furniture, try experimenting with colour through your art.

5. Coffee table books

If there's one thing that I need to stop myself from buying every time I walk past, it's coffee table books. Photography, fashion, food—there's an endless supply of inspiration found in beautiful books that you could get lost in for hours. You should have a couple on hand for times when your guests need to entertain themselves and for the fact that their stunning covers act as decor, too.

6. Lamps

Ceiling lights are great and all, but nothing beats the ambience of lamplight. Introduce secondary sources of light into your living room for a more flattering and aesthetically-pleasing effect. You can achieve this through tall floor lamps, wall sconces or even table lamps that you can place on a buffet or side table to give you a warm glow throughout the morning or evening.

7. Plants!

Live in a city high-rise? Create your very own outdoor oasis at home—simple. Houseplants have the amazing power to purify the air we breathe and foster a connection to nature that apartment-dwellers might not have the opportunity to experience otherwise. Whether you're a succulent-lover or prefer to deck your house out with tropical palms, no stylish living room is complete without a touch of green.

8. A mirror

Want to practically double the space you've got to work with? The answer is a mirror, of course. Lean it against a wall or hang it any way you like, a mirror is a living room essential, that's for sure. If you've got a nice big window in your room, place it on the opposite side of the room to give the illusion of more light and more blue skies.

9. Memories

Finally, your living room should be a reflection of you, your travels, and your cherished relationships. After all, you're going to be living in this space and having reminders of happy times is enough to boost your mood on low days. Picture frames, ceramics from a trip to Japan and everything in between—find a few items that mean the most to you and create a vignette to show them off.

For more inspiring home tips, read the practical guide to decorating your home with exclusively second-hand pieces.

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