Welcome to our guide to living room furniture ideas!
The living room is a very important room. It’s the room where guests are hosted and where many spend a great deal of their time. It is often the heart of your home and the room where people are drawn, which is why decorating it is so important.
A living room comprises a number of different components all working together. These elements can work to either make your design cohesive or create contrast to provide a dynamic and interesting visual depth.[toc wrapping=”right”]
It can be quite the job to find the right furniture and ensure that each piece works perfectly with one another. Luckily we are here to help you with amazing living room furniture ideas to help you with your living room designs.
Furniture can make or break the design of a living room. This gallery is designed to give you beautiful examples of living room furniture. We will show you fantastic sofas, tables, ottomans, chairs, and shelves.
Find even more wonderful living room design ideas in our definitive guide to living rooms!
Living Room Sofa Ideas
The sofa can be an integral part of your living room. It is the place where people are drawn to sit, as well as the piece of furniture that you are likely to point toward your main focus. Whether that focus is a television or a fireplace, your sofa will likely face it.
There are a number of sofa options to choose from. The most traditional of which is the classic sofa. This is a standard in most living rooms and typically offers seating for three persons comfortably. This kind of sofa comes in a wide variety of styles, materials, and designs and is often very easy to reupholster.
Another option for sofas is the sectional sofa. This type of sofa is larger and often comes in multiple pieces. Sectionals offer significantly more seating than a standard sofa. While they are a bit harder to arrange than a standard sofa, they can still be quite stylish and comfortable. Some even come with an attached chaise lounge.
A loveseat is also an option when it comes to sofas. They take up less space and, while they do have less seating, they are perfect for people with smaller areas or for those who want to make their space appear larger.
Due to the vast number of styles and varieties of sofas, it is hard to give an exact range of price. A simple and small sofa can cost as little as a couple of hundred dollars, and a higher quality larger sofa can cost a few thousand.
What kind of sofa is right for your living room? See our definitive sofa guide for more ideas!
Here is a simple couch that can work in any number of different living room styles. A neutral color such as a white or grey allows a sofa to fit in well with almost any color palette. You can’t go wrong with a sofa like this.
This is a sectional sofa with an interesting and modern design. A sectional provides more seating for occupants. This sofa has a visually interesting design which adds to the modern appeal of the room.
This sectional sofa has a base that is rich in natural tones and texture with a smooth and simple set of cushions. This gives the living room a light and laidback vibe. The pillows tie the sofa to the colors in the rest of the room.
In this living room we see a large sectional sofa that has an attached chaise lounge.
Living Room Table Ideas
One necessity of any living room is having a place to set things down. End tables and coffee tables are an integral part of living rooms as they create the space to place things and can be a great asset for design aspects.
To keep the room from being too cluttered, it is important to have the tables placed in strategic places and to be of the correct size and style. Typically, end tables are placed to the side of a chair or sofa. Coffee tables are usually found in front of the primary seating or between pieces of furniture.
Tables can function in many different ways, from minimalistic tables that are a simple surface to set things on to more involved tables that include drawers or shelves to store items. The style you choose can dictate what other functionalities your tables possess.
Depending on what your needs are, you can find a coffee table for $50 on the low end, and upward to $500 for a higher end coffee table. End tables cost a bit less, and range between $50 to $200.
This stunning coffee table is topped with marble. There are drawers on the side of the table which provide the room with a bit of extra storage. This is a great table with a design feature that really adds a lot to the room in general.
A simple table, such as this one, does not need to be without great design elements. This is a simple round coffee table, but the woodwork and presence of elegant lines makes this table elevated.
Even with a coffee table you may want end tables as well. End tables are most often found to the side of seats. This makes them closer and easier to reach than the coffee table. This room has a wonderful sense of balance with matching loveseats and matching end tables.
This living room has two coffee tables with a natural wood tone finish. This pairs nicely with the light, bright colors of the sofa and carpet. The ample natural light coming in through the window and shining on these colors really brightens the room up.
Living Room Ottoman Ideas
An ottoman is a versatile and interesting piece of furniture. It can serve a number of different functions and come in various styles. More often than not, an ottoman is used as a place to set your feet when sitting in a chair. But serving as a footrest is not the extent of an ottoman’s use.
A larger ottoman can be used as a bench or even as a seat in some cases. This can be useful in situations where there is limited seating or more people gathering than expected.
Many ottomans are also hollow with a removable seat. This allows the ottoman to be used as additional storage as well! Who couldn’t use more storage space?
Having a piece of furniture turn from footstool into a seat or into a place to store your things can increase the value of that piece of furniture. Any added functionality to a piece of furniture is a positive.
Ottomans tend to cost between $50 and $250 depending on size, material and style.
Ottomans are versatile and useful pieces of furniture that come in many styles. Why not consider an ottoman for your living room design? See our definitive living room ottoman guide for more incredible ideas!
This stunning ottoman has a multicolored seat with frill around the bottom. These kinds of details elevate this ottoman to fit an elegant style. This piece could be used as a footstool, but away from the chairs it can easily be used as a spare seat.
A large ottoman makes for a great multi-use piece of furniture. The ottoman we see here is a large square ottoman. This provides ample storage under the seat and can be used as a footstool for more than one person at a time. This ottoman can also be used as a soft top coffee table.
This round ottoman is being used as a small table. By adding a tray an ottoman without a flat top can still be used as a table.
Longer ottomans can even work as benches. As a bench they can provide even more seating when not used as a footrest. A longer ottoman also lets many people use the footrest at once. This provides multiple people in the room with an elevated sense of comfort.
Living Room Chair Ideas
A sofa may be primary seating that offers the most seats, but the right chairs can have a large impact on your living room as well. A chair can accent a design, match the sofa to extend that design element, or add contrast to bring some drama and layers to your design.
A chair or multiple chairs can change the balance of a room, shifting it, or bring it together to make the entire room feel unified and complete.
There are many choices when it comes to chairs. Some emphasize comfort while others focus on design. There are so many kinds of chairs that there is a chair to fit any design you may have in your home.
Due to the number of different kinds of chairs and styles, the cost range is wide. A living room chair can end up costing anywhere between $100 and $2000, depending on your particular needs.
Whether you are looking for a cozy chair to sink into or the perfect design piece to put the cap on your living room style, there is definitely a living room chair for you. See more ideas in our definitive guide to living room chairs!
A chair is a great opportunity to expand your design and provide extra seating. The chairs in this example match the contrast color of the sofa, pulling the color further into the room and drawing more attention to the contrast.
If you have a small space you may not want to fill your area with a large sofa. A couple of nice chairs can be sufficient for a space like this. This choice is also good for minimal design.
Adding a couple of chairs to a room can help achieve a sense of balance. These two matching chairs are wonderful additions to this room. They offset some of the colors and prevent the room from feeling lopsided.
Four simple chairs around a coffee table can provide as much seating as a sofa while maintaining a minimal and clean appeal. If you are looking for a minimal design, a few well selected chairs may be the perfect seating option for you.
If your home is your castle you may need to find your rightful throne. The perfect chair is a thing that can really make your space feel like home. Search until you find the perfect balance of comfort and style that can be your personal claimed spot.
Living Room Shelving Ideas
Storage can be an issue in the living room. Even with the additional storage an ottoman can provide, you may need shelves.
Shelves are not only for storing items, even though that is what they are the best at. Shelves themselves can be quite stylish and, depending on style, can really add to your design. Shelving can also hold different items that may accentuate your design as well.
There are plenty of shelving options available in all kinds of materials, including metal, plastic, and wood. There are shelves that hang, shelves that are built into your walls, or shelves that stand free so that they can be placed anywhere. With the right shelves, you not only clear up storage issues, but you can compose a great design.
You can expect to spend $20-$25 per linear foot on shelves made from basic wood materials. If you do the labor yourself, you can save some money. Professional labor could you be between $30 to $60 per hour of their work.
Find more living room shelves in our definitive guide!
Shelves that are built into the structure are a big draw for many home buyers. A built-in shelf is good for storage and is economical on the space of the room. When you need shelf space but don’t want to clutter your room with a shelving unit, built-in shelving is perfect.
Floating shelves provide shelf space without breaking the clean and minimal design. In this living room we see that the floating shelves have a bright white backdrop that highlights the space.
Square and rectangular cubbies have a very modern appeal. These types of shelves are stylish and provide plenty of space for storing items and design elements.
This living room has high built-in shelving bookending a fireplace. Built-in shelving is not only useful for sorting items but it can make good use of a space that would otherwise be left blank. Filling these spaces with shelves can make the room feel fuller and more cozy.
In a living room that uses a lot of white space, using a few splashes of color can bring the room to life. When your space is small, or you want a more simple design, finding places to add color can be challenging. Shelving can provide a great space to place accent items that can bring color forward.
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