Selecting living room furniture that creates a comfortable gathering spot for family, a stylish area for entertaining and a functional hub for your home takes vision and a checklist. From chairs to TV stands, here’s how to choose pieces that match your needs and style.
Living Room Furniture Starts With Seating
The seating you choose as your living room or family room furniture should be comfortable and accommodating, without overwhelming the space. Your living room couch or sectional is the anchor of the room. Create an inviting, cozy look with a large living room sectional with a low profile and plush cushions. Or, set a formal scene with high-backed sofa and loveseat combo. Faux leather couches are a great choice for a refined yet cozy space.
Flank your couch with accent chairs to provide additional seating. Living room chairs can be slight or ample. Choose a transitional slipper chair in a neutral color to fill a narrow spot. Or, go with a wide armchair in bright pattern in a room with lots of space.
Essential Surface Areas
Living room and front room furnishings should have style as well as function. Arrange your seating around pieces that will act as surfaces for lamps and entertainment as well as living room storage.
• Ottomans. Whether they sport nail-head trim, rustic fabrics, floral patterns or sleek red leather, small pieces like poufs, ottomans and foot stools make a statement. Keep an eye out for ottomans with storage. Some even have a footrest lid that flips to become a serving tray.
• Accent Tables. Set the tone with wood or metal living room furniture. Distressed coffee tables, industrial side tables, or a contemporary brass bar cart are great accent pieces for a rustic-styled home. For small spaces, look for tables with drawers or shelves.
• Media Storage and TV Stands. Media storage cabinets range in size from small tables to wall-sized units. Find one with enough storage to hide your consoles and media accessories in a finish that matches the pieces in the room. Take a unique approach with an on-trend electric fireplace TV stand.
Take the guesswork out of coordinating your room’s style with a living room furniture set. They’ll ensure that each piece is of the same scale and style. Look for sets that include living room furniture decor, like artwork, area rugs, accent pillows or lamps to create a complete look.