10 Living Room Essentials Every Home Needs
The living room is the area of the home that receives the most traffic, is the main space guests gather, and is the room that's always on show. Therefore, it deserves special attention when it comes to how it's decorated.
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. When it comes to decorating, we recommend opting to invest in long-lasting essentials that you'll cherish for years to come.
Have you just moved into a new place? Or are you looking to elevate your current living room and detox at the same time? Here are ten essential items you should have.
10 Living Room Essentials That Every Home Needs
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.
2. A linen throw
Curling up to watch a movie on your sofa just isn't the same unless you have a cozy throw to get wrap you up like a burrito. Aside from the comfort factor, a throw is a simple way to add texture and colour to your living room. They are the perfect form meets function item to have on hand.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Coffee table
A coffee table is a great way to centre a room and the perfect place to rest refreshments and display books and art d'objet. You should have a couple of coffee table books on hand for times when your guests need to entertain themselves and for the fact that their stunning covers act as decor, too. When it comes to choosing between a square, rectangle, round, or oval coffee table, consider the length and clearance required around it. You don't want it obstructing a walk-way being too close to other items of furniture
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.
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.
9. 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.
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.
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