When you decide to redecorate and refurnish your living room, it’s a good idea to spend a little time thinking about how you use the room as a household, or more to the point, how you’d like to use it.
Some people make the mistake of decorating their homes more for the outside world than for themselves. They end up with a place that may look absolutely fantastic, but actually isn’t somewhere they can really enjoy spending time in.
The classic case for this is the living room. So many living rooms are more like show homes rather than places the family can really relax and unwind in. So, when you’re thinking about changing the furniture in your living room, put comfort at the top of your priority list. Of course there are plenty of sofas and armchairs that are both comfortable and stylish, so you shouldn’t have to compromise too much on style.
A corner sofa is a great option if your room has the right dimensions for it. They provide a great space for the whole family to cuddle up and watch TV together. You will need to have two blank walls that you can push the sofa against without blocking any doorways or radiators. There are lots of different styles of corner sofa, in leather or fabric finishes, so that you can find them to suit most living rooms. An alternative is to buy a chaise sofa, which might look less imposing in a smaller room. Chaise sofas often have a useful storage section under the chaise part, which can help to keep the living room looking tidy.
Whether you choose a leather sofa or a fabric one, both can be smart, yet still be really comfortable to sit on. It’s best to go to a few show rooms and try different sofas out for size – and comfort. Even if you buy online, if you can see the sofa in person, you’ll be sure about what you’re buying. Make sure that whatever combination of sofas and armchairs you have plenty of seating space for everyone in your household.
Once you’ve settled the choice of seating, the other furniture can be chosen to complement it. Don’t overcrowd the room with furniture, but make sure you have enough space to store things like boards games, books and DVDs so it’s easy to keep the living room tidy and organised.