Seven Things Every Living Room Must Have

The living room is most likely the main gathering place in our homes.   It is where we like to relax and socialize with friends and family.  Of course, it should be styled and decorated in accordance with personal tastes. But, we always suggest these ideas to our clients for how to make a living room complete, comfortable, and beautiful.  Over the years, we have written about all of them, but just for a little refresher, here we go.

1.      A focal point

Every room should have a focal point that captures your attention and draws you into the room.  It could be a fireplace, a large window, a beautiful piece of art, or an interesting mirror.

2.      Comfortable seating

Every living room should have several comfortable places to land.  The seating groups should be arranged for easy conversation and grouped around the focal point so that people will naturally want to hang around for awhile.

3.      Layered Lighting

A mix of overhead lighting, ambient lighting, and task lighting is a must.  We generally do not prefer the harsh lighting provided with the overhead lighting, but there may be times when it is necessary.  Ambient lighting is warm and inviting, so we recommend having several lamps or candles in the living room. If there is a desk in the space, task lighting for reading or writing will complete the layered lighting plan.

4.      Small tables next to every sofa or chair

       It is always better when everyone has a place to put down a drink or a snack. End tables,

      a coffee table, and some small occasional tables that can be moved around easily will do    

      the trick. 

5.       The cozy factor

We love to see a variety of textures in soft rugs, throw pillows, plants, and blankets to amp up the warmth and coziness in the room.

6.      A mix of old and new

We believe that every good living room should showcase a mix of old and new.  We appreciate it when our clients have personal collections or inherited family pieces.  Antiques, books, old photographs or objects collected from travels help to build the room’s character. Our homes are extensions of our lives and there is no better way to show our personalities than through these items.

7.      A touch of black

We designers often offer this piece of advice – if your room feels like it is still missing something, try adding a big or small touch of black.  It could be a piece of accent furniture, some picture frames, a lampshade, or a vase.  The black will ground the space, add depth, and lend sophistication to any color scheme.

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In both of these photos, we can see these elements – a beautiful focal point, a comfortable seating arrangement, good layered lighting, some personal collections, various textures, and some touches of black.

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