Thursday, July 9, 2020

The 6 Living Room Items You Need to Make Your Home Complete!

This post is provided by Jenna Salter.

The living room is one of the most essential areas in your home. It serves many purposes - a bonding space for your family, an entertainment area for guests, a place of relaxation. It only makes sense then that you invest some time furnishing this area. If you do not know where to start, here are the top living room essentials that you should have to make it complete.

1. Couch

No other furniture defines a living room better than a couch. It is the main item that will get used most in this area so you should definitely invest in a good one. Find the best sofa from reviews and do not just go for style, think of comfort as well. There is no use having a couch that looks great on Instagram but is not so great to sit on. Take your time looking around for a couple of couches before settling on one. Choose wisely because this will most likely dictate the rest of your living room decor.

2. Accent chairs

For the living room to truly feel complete, a couch is not just going to do it. You need additional seating in case you have more people coming into your home. Consider your current color scheme and pick accent chairs based on that. If you are going for an eclectic style, do not be afraid to deviate from the usual theme. Most importantly, it should be just as comfortable to sit on as your couch!

3. Rug

Rugs feel good on your feet but they are also for defining the space in your living room. The right-sized rug can really tie everything in the room together making the area feel more cohesive and spacious. Your rug should at least cover the front foot of your furniture; the bigger the rug, the better. Do not be afraid to play with different patterns and textures as well. It is an easy way to enhance the theme of your decor without spending much. 

4. Shelves

The living room is not just a place to hang out but also an area where you can express your personal taste. This is where shelves come in handy. Most people like to display their books but you can really go with anything here as long as it does not look very cluttered. Here, you can display your other home accessories and personal mementos. Keep it to a minimum making sure there is space between each object. Avoid putting too much and reserve the other knick-knacks for the hidden storage.

5. Coffee table

The coffee table is another essential in the living room which can have many purposes such as a food and drink holder, magazine display, vase holder, or storage. It should at least have the same height as your sofa seat so you can easily access the items you need. Ideally, it should also have some storage underneath so you can put away clutter easily.

You can choose different shapes for your coffee table. They are usually rectangular in shape but do not be afraid to opt for oval shaped ones as well. Curves add softness to a space and they are safer to have around if you have kids in the house.

6. Lighting

Lighting is key to creating the perfect mood in the evenings. Nothing is worse than trying to have a nice relaxing read and there is harsh light beaming at you from above. Instead of going for the standard white light bulb, choose one with a warm, soft glow in orange or yellow tones. These are less harsh on the eyes and they do a great job at setting the mood. Then, place the lamps with these lightbulbs in areas where you need the most illumination like the couch, shelves, etc.

Which of these items don’t you have yet in your home? Share your thoughts in the comments below.