The selection of living room furniture is an important decision for any homeowner as it might probably be the most used space in the home.
Your furniture hunting, without a doubt, should factor in how the room will be used. If the room will be used for formal entertaining, the tv and computer will be absent, leaving more space for seating, coffee tables, artwork, etc., as well as the entertainment system for music, a CD or record collection. However, if your living room will be a hubbub of activity, an entertainment unit, computer and tv will reside among seating, chairs and a coffee table.
Choosing contemporary living room furniture is a practical choice: it contains clean lines and at once can offer sophistication, drama and warmth. Combining modern styles with bohemian, classic traditional or eclectic accessories you already own, kicks up the look a notch.
Sectional sofas and chairs can be an important component for both formal and family living rooms. The seating can be moved around the room according to need, allowing seating by the computer, and can also be clustered in groups for entertaining. Tufted leather ottomans provide additional seating and are available with storage capacity, keeping DVDs, video cassettes, etc. out of sight when not in use. The living room space should maintain a clean, light environment. Fabric will be an important factor – leather and soft fabric are available in a variety of vibrant patterns and colors.
Following the example of your seating, keep the coffee tables and/or end tables mobile and multi-functional. End table cubes with a wood table top are a great option, and can be used as a tray with cup holders and might also contain a hidden storage compartment. The cube’s sides might offer a pouch for magazines.
Track lighting or free-standing lamps enable table space reserved for a holding small plates or glasses, some books, and free from a lighting source.
White walls, extend the clutter-free environment; one or two lithographs can offer color; a large mirror expands the space.
Living room furniture is an investment, a purchase expected to last for several years. Be sure to work with reputable furniture stores. Among these options are mass market and major retail establishments, furniture chain stores and lifestyle retail stores. Add to the mix that many of the retail stores maintain a presence online, and there are many more furniture sources online. Whether your purchase is made at retail or online, investigate return policies, delivery dates and shipping charges. Don’t be shy about asking questions before you make your purchase – the best surprise is no surprise when your furniture ultimately arrives at your door.