A Brief History
From around 30,000 years ago, people began constructing and carving their own furniture, using wood, stone and animal bones. Today, choosing the right kind of furniture for any room in the house is difficult enough, but it becomes harder when it comes to selecting the right ones for the living room. After all, this is the room where you will be welcoming the guests, and also spend a relaxing time with your family. Thus, there can be no compromise on the look or the comfort factor, but the problem arises due to the fact that nowadays there are just too many different kinds of living room furniture available out there. It tends you get you all confused regarding which one to choose and which ones to avoid. Do you really need those extra chairs near the fireplace? Is the sofa going well with the décor of the house? There must be so many questions on your mind. So, following are the six tips which will help you to select the right furniture for your living room.
It needs to match the decor
Your home has been designed in keeping with a theme, and the latest living room furniture that you get must compliment it properly. Your home can have an out and out modern look, or it can have a vintage and traditional feel to it. You have to make sure your furniture that forms an important part of the home décor, adds to the entire atmosphere.
Pay attention to functionality and comfort
Though the furniture’s design has to be the first preference, it need not get precedence over functionality and comfort. On top of that, keep in mind that your living room is a place for long discussions, relaxation, and family time. The coziness of your furniture is, thus, an important thing to keep in mind.
Think about the provisions of cleaning and storing
Buying living room furniture is a long term investment, and you have to think about the factor in selecting the sofas, tables, divans, or the other things that you buy. Invest in space saving furniture like foldable chairs in case you have to keep those in a limited and small space.
Create different settings with furniture
Using the living furniture to make different zones in a spacious living room is a great idea. Different sizes of furniture will make your place look really nice. You can keep a two reclining chairs in front of the fireplace, and keep the sofas and the tables at a distance from it to create a different setting.
The devil is in the details
It is quite annoying to hear those chairs’ feet drag across your living room floor. So, ensure that there are pads attached to the feet of chairs for avoiding scratches on your floor, along with the irritating screeching sound when a chair is moved. It is also important to pay attention to the floor plan of your living room and select and set the furniture accordingly.
Durability is not to be compromised with
Not all tables and chairs are suited to prolonged use and selecting the low cost alternatives will not be right in the long term. Your living room furniture will have to be replaced faster than you can think when you do not invest in quality. Go for durable, long-lasting furniture made to serve you for the longest time.
Selecting the right furniture for the living room gets easy if you keep in mind your needs and the space in your home. The six tips will offer added help for decorating your living room beautifully with the right kind of furniture.
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For more information, please see…
Litchfield, Frederick. Illustrated History of Furniture: From the Earliest to the Present Time. 2016.
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