Essential Furnitures of Living Room

Living room is a place of comfort and love where we share times with beloved ones. It gives enough reasons for us to find just the perfect living room furniture. As you shop for living room furniture, keep the aspects of each piece in mind:

  • Sofas & Couches



Generally, you want to purchase a sofa, or couch, that is scaled to your living room. Nothing too large or too small. The sofa should also underscore the decorative tone you want for the room. A classic look begets a traditional sofa. Modern style calls for something sleek and contemporary. The sofa is often the first purchase you make in a living room, so use it to set the mood. If you use the living room daily, buy the best sofa you can afford so it stands up to the wear and tear. 

For a room that is largely off-limits, you can get by with a lesser quality piece that simply has to look good.

  • Sofa Tables & Console Tables


Take care to pick a sofa table that’s sized right for your sofa. For a 92-inch long sofa, you’ll want a table that is double width. For a modern sofa with a low back, you will want a table that is a few inches lower. Do you need the extra storage of a drawer or shelf? If not, then make sure the table surface is large enough for the lamp or stack of books you plan to place there.

  • Bookcases


Most bookcases are between 9 and 12 inches deep. But you’ll need some deeper shelves if you have a large collection of oversize or coffee-table-size books, or if you’d like to use the shelves for another purpose, such as setting up a home bar. Adjustable shelves are important if you plan to change items periodically. Make sure the hardware for supporting the shelves is sturdy; plastic anchors may not be up to supporting a shelf laden with heavy books. 

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  • TV Stands & Media Cabinets


A TV stand or media console can be a handy piece of furniture supporting a television in your living room. It can also be dangerous. Small children are too easily able to tip heavy TVs off stands and cabinets when the pieces are not secured. Make sure you have a stand or cabinet that is several inches wider than your television. It should also be about 18 inches deep to provide a steady base, even if you have a flat-screen TV. Buy one with shelves, drawers, cubbies, or cabinets to suit your storage needs. 

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Then, when the TV is in place, attach the TV to the wall to prevent the appliance from tipping. Hardware stores and media stores sell the strap kits. 

  • Curio Cabinets


When you purchase a curio cabinet for your living room, have an idea of what you want to showcase in it. Curio cabinets with lights make glassware and crystal sparkle, and they’ll illuminate family photos. If you plan to use it for weighty items, such as a collection of beer steins, skip glass shelves and choose wood ones instead. Finally, consider location: Will you see the cabinet from the side as you pass into the living room?

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If so, you’ll want one with glass panels on the sides as well as the front. If there are small children or pets in the home, you might want a curio cabinet that is raised off the ground on legs, so the glass is not as likely to get smeared.

  • End Tables

To keep the living room looking tidy, it’s handy to have an end table with extra storage. Look for drawers, shelves, or cabinets in the base, so you tuck away TV remotes, coasters, or extra throw blankets. The size is important too. An end table should be a handy reach not too low and not too high from someone sitting on the sofa or chair next to it. Depending on your needs, you may want the surface to be large enough to hold a lamp, as well as a tablet, a drink, and a phone.


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  • Loveseats


Because they have a smaller footprint than a sofa, loveseats are handy in small living rooms. You can use two opposite a coffee table, for example, and take up less space than a sofa and two chairs. If you entertain regularly or have a big family, however, a loveseat is not particularly comfortable for two people to lounge on. You’ll have more elbow room with an L-shape sectional than a sofa-loveseat combo.

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  • Coffee Tables


Think about how you’ll use your coffee table before you make this purchase. If you plan to use it for drinks and plates of food, look for a cleanable surface. If it will be a footrest, you may want a padded top. For looks alone, look for elegant style and details. In a home with children, keep safety in mind. This is a piece of furniture that toddlers love to “cruise” around and small children love to climb on. Avoid glass, which can be broken, or painted wood, which a teething infant might ingest.

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  • Ottomans


This is a famous kind of chairs. The cushioned top may hinge open or lift off completely to reveal it. Some ottomans meet specific storage needs, with room inside for board games, office files, or barware. Others have multi-purpose lids: They flip over to reveal an eating surface, tray, or chessboard, for example.

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  • Entertainment Centers


These furniture pieces can mean the difference between a living room that is dominated by electronics, and a room that features a balance of audio-visual thrills and guest comfort. Invest in an entertainment center that is roomy enough for every component you have, so you can create an attractive focal point. If you have other needs in the room, such as storage for books or collectibles, add bookcases to the overall configuration to establish one seamless look and avoid a hodgepodge of disparate pieces.

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Dining Room Decorating Styles

If you are trying to make those special moments all the more special this new year, you have come to the right place. From traditional and formal to contemporary and casual, these rooms offer inspiration for your dining room decorating and furniture.

  • If you are trying to make those special moments all the more special this new year, you have come to the right place. From traditional and formal to contemporary and casual, these rooms offer inspiration for your dining room decorating and furniture.
  • 25. Elegant country
    25. Elegant country
    Slipcovered chairs, flowing curtains and a curvy iron chandelier mix with a dark wood European country table and sideboard to create a tasteful yet relaxed setting.
  • 24. Garden dining
    24. Garden dining
  • Ironwork pieces on the walls make this casual dining spot feel as if it’s in the garden. Vintage turnings create a table base for a clear round glass top. Undressed French doors let the sun shine in.
  • 23. European country
    23. European country
    Sunshine-yellow walls, a vintage pine table and pretty plaid Parsons chairs add a cheerful tone to vintage crystal and silver, an elegant Queen Anne chair and modern art.
  • 22. Modern city style
    22. Modern city style
    In this condominium dining room, bases on contemporary molded-plastic chairs subtly repeat the X-base wood table. A stark white-and-brown color scheme has a definite city/urban feel. The pass-through to the kitchen, with a serving buffet underneath, offers flexibility for entertaining.
  • 21. Bringing the outdoors in
    21. Bringing the outdoors in
    A casual, glass-wrapped eating space makes the most of this house’s natural surroundings and lake view. A vintage pine table, surrounded by rattan chairs, feels right at home with the scenery. A spherelike chandelier adds a touch of sophistication.
  • 20. Informal flexibility
    20. Informal flexibility
    This dining area next to a kitchen accommodates quick breakfasts, snacks or company for dinner. Built-in cabinetry provides storage as well as an area for a flat-screen TV. Two wicker chairs offer seating for everyday meals, while a banquette love seat goes to work when company arrives.
  • 19. Playful gathering
    19. Playful gathering
    Designed to be flexible for a family with small kids and teenagers, this circular table offers a variety of seating options: a curved banquette sofa, two armchairs and benches. Mix and match fabrics in playful patterns and colors punch up the style and mask wear and tear.
  • 18. Open dining
    18. Open dining
    This compact dining area in a Chicago home links the living area and the kitchen. The round table takes up less space than a rectangular one, and cream-color chairs with curved backs also keep the space feeling airy. An oversize barrel light fixture adds contemporary style.
  • 17. Simple symmetry
    17. Simple symmetry
    This dining room sports an assortment of subdued patterns and textures in a striped cotton rug, leather seat cushions, houndstooth pillows, diamond-embroidered drapes and floral upholstery. Simple ivory pottery pieces provide the only accents needed.
  • 16. Lakeside casual
    16. Lakeside casual
    An X-base table reminiscent of an old picnic table, surrounded by simple country-style chairs, invites casual family meals in this lakeside home’s dining room. A striped rug, boat oars and local folk art add to the down-home feel.
  • 15. Making new look old
    15. Making new look old
    The family who built this new Wisconsin lake home wanted to give it vintage charm. In the dining room, workers scuffed up raw pine floors (later sealed) for a naturally aged look.
  • 14. Bright and rustic
    14. Bright and rustic
    Sunlight floods this dining room through 7-foot doors and windows with transoms. When the weather is nice, the French doors open to a deck, bringing the outdoors in. The rough wood support beams on the ceiling and walls complement the rustic decor.
  • 13. Country classic
    13. Country classic
    High-back spindle chairs and stained-glass light fixtures put traditional “country” in this dining space. The long dining table accommodates large family meals. The dining room’s wood tones warm the adjoining white kitchen.
  • 12. Dining with collections
    12. Dining with collections
    Dramatic color works well in this Ohio dining room made for entertaining. Playful conversation starters include world globes spilling out of the fireplace and a collection of vintage light bulbs. A boat prow “bar” and contemporary chairs complete the eclectic mix.
  • 11. Modern aesthetic
    11. Modern aesthetic
    The straight lines of the Parsons-style table and leather chairs complement the angular simplicity of this room in a Wisconsin home. A linear contemporary glass light fixture is a unique interpretation of a traditional crystal chandelier.
  • 10. Earthy elements
    10. Earthy elements
    Framed botanical prints and tulips are crowning earthy touches in a warm and natural tone established with a wood dining set, soft green walls and hardwood flooring.
  • 9. Vintage fun
    9. Vintage fun
    The dining area echoes the playful, repurposed spirit in the rest of this Minnesota home. A red tool caddy on top of a salvaged cheese-crate side table serves as a beverage bar during gatherings. Large casters elevate an antique farm table to counter height and make it easy to move. A metal laundry pail filled with flowers tops the table.
  • 8. Great entertainer
    8. Great entertainer
    If you host lots of guests, consider one long window seat. Pairing a big farm table with a crisp white bench and Windsor chairs offers flexibility in an eclectic setting.
  • 7. Bright outlook
    7. Bright outlook
    It takes a long pendant to light the length of this rustic, white oak table that seats 10. Contemporary green leather chairs add bright color in the dining room of this Lake Michigan home.
  • 6. Original style
    6. Original style
    Placing a dining table in front of soaring windows styled like the 1930s originals takes advantage of natural light. Floral-patterned ceiling-high curtains draw eyes out to the landscape.
  • 5. Circle of light
    5. Circle of light
    A 30-inch round window with boldly painted trim gives this ordinary dining room a striking focal point. Wallpaper-backed built-in shelves further emphasize the casually elegant scheme and provide much-needed storage for entertaining wares and books.
  • 4. Show and store
    4. Show and store
    Elegant white ironstone and other vintage dishes act like art in the dining room of this Nebraska farmhouse. Modern dining chairs contrast a salvaged bench and a farm table made by the homeowner. A tight color palette pulls the styles together.
  • 3. Rustic elegance
    3. Rustic elegance
    A welcoming warm palette of taupes and grays steers dinner parties in a relaxed direction in the dining room of this Michigan home. A twig chandelier adds rustic elegance above a farm table dressed up with side chairs in a whitewash finish. Grass-cloth wallpaper brings texture.
  • 2. Cottage chic
    2. Cottage chic
    A casual cottage look always embraces the great outdoors. Make the most of views and natural light by minimizing window treatments–even dare to go bare where privacy isn’t a concern. Supplement the organic mood with wood and other natural materials–in flooring and furniture. Highlight texture, too, with accents such as neatly woven rattan, like on the backs of these chairs.
  • 1. Vintage chic
    1. Vintage chic
    Scandinavian style inspired gray-painted wood floors in this Chicago-area house. The homeowner upholstered a mix of chairs with vintage grain sacks, easy to do with a staple gun. A vintage shutter leans against the wall.


  • 1. Soft landing spot
    1. Soft landing spot
    Everyone hates waking up in the morning and stepping on to a hard cold floor. Do yourself a favor and make sure your first step into the day is cushy and comforting. Already have carpet in the bedroom but it’s not enough? Consider layering a smaller rug by the bed, a similar idea to what’s seen here in a room by Adeeni Design Group.
  • 2. A style, a theme
    2. A style, a theme
    It’s the first thing a child will consider when putting together their first bedroom, but adults tend to shy away from a decorative theme when envisioning their bedroom. A theme can be not just a unifying device, but a calming one. That’s what keeps it from looking like a bed-in-a-bag.
  • 3. Pillows
    3. Pillows
    How to figure out this number? Depending on the size of your bed, you will want any where from 1-6 pillows. You want enough so that your bed looks sumptuous, inviting and comfortable, but not so many that you can’t actually sleep in the bed.
  • 4. Seating
    4. Seating
    Think ottoman, chair, or bench. It’s important to have a place to sit that’s not the edge of the bed. A good spot to sit down will serve you well when you’re reading something you can’t afford to fall asleep during, or need to have a conversation with your partner that’s best not had in bed. It’s also great for putting on shoes, or if you are breaking the no-tech rule, you might as well check email from a chair so it at least stays out of your bed.
  • 5. Peace – No tech insight
    5. Peace – No tech insight
    You’d like to enforce an electronics-free zone. So that’ll goes for a television as well: It will keep you up later than necessary and consequently keep your minding churning longer before you can drift off to sleep. Everyone breaks this rule but try your best to leave tech out in your living room or office. Your bedroom deserves to be a place for rest.
  • 6. Things you love
    6. Things you love
    Make sure to fill your room with things that make you smile, especially in making a bedroom feel just right. It’s personal. Bonus: This is also a great way to incorporate pieces you’ve acquired over the years but can’t quite figure out where to put them. Make sure they’re in your line of sight upon waking up and their true purpose will be revealed: Making you happy.
  • 7. Nightstand
    7. Nightstand
    Stock your nightstand with a glass of water, a great book or your favorite magazine…, a potted plant or flower, and lamp for interrupted-sleep comfort. So as you’re putting your own “kit” together, don’t feel like it has to be stunning to be perfect. The more idiosyncratic and “you” it feels, the better it will work and the more it wlll be a testament to your personal style. One more note: This photo shows just one nightstand, but for balance, make sure there’s another one with appropriate creature comforts on the other side of the bed.
  • 8. Quality mattress
    8. Quality mattress
    You could have every item on this list but your bedroom wouldn’t be complete without a perfect mattress. You want something that keeps you cool, gives you great lumbar support to getting better sleep. And of course, one that looks great in your room. If you’re hesitant to spend a lot on a new mattress, keep this in mind: A high-quality mattress should last 10-15 years.
  • 9. Photos and atwork
    9. Photos and atwork
    You should have as many family photos as you wish in other rooms in the house but it’s best to keep the bedroom’s artwork less emotionally loaded. Believe it or not, family photos invoke memories and emotions that can keep you awake at night. Elegant and calming photographs will evoke good feelings without reminding you of specific people while you’re trying to fall asleep.
  • 10. Great bedding
    10. Great bedding
    Even the brightest, most cheerful bedrooms need an element of dark, sexy glamour. The moody wall paint, the theatrical chandelier, even an oversized gray headboard does the trick. But notice how clean lines and touches of white keep it from looking like a bordello: That balance is key. Stick with one or two pieces and you’ll be golden.

What’s the pieces and ideas you need for your most comfortable, luxurious, and personal bedroom ever. How many can you check off the list?

Types Of Dining Room Tables


A dining room table is an important part of your home. It’s a gathering place for friends and family to share jokes and stories over a delicious meal or a few refreshing drinks. A dining room table is the one place in which your guests generally end up spending the most time, and it plays an enormous role in every holiday event you host. So you should take time to consider the best designs before you choose. 


The shapes:

1. Rectangular

As the most popular table shape, rectangle comprises the most populated category. Being the most functional shape allows for a playfulness of style that spawns a wide variety of tables. The rectangular table is usually a minimum of 36 inches wide and is the best design for hosting large groups of people. This type of table design is also the best choice for long, narrow dining room areas or large eat in galley kitchen.

2. Round

If you live in a small home, you may want to invest in a round table. These types of designs allow for shifting seating options, and often hold features such as hinged edges or a leaf, which turns it into an oval shape. However, be sure not to overcrowd your table with too many chairs as this can make the table look cluttered.

3. Square

The square is the simplest table design. This style is also slightly more modern and nontraditional than round or rectangular varieties. It’s a great choice for rooms that are square in shape, and can provide a more intimate dining experience with everyone in closer proximity than with a rectangular table.

4. Oval

The oval design is a popular choice, allowing for the sensuous curves of a round table, but with a lengthier surface area providing more space for diners.

5. Freeform

The idea of freeform design is that there is no concrete definition. This category comprises any tables that do not fit within standard shapes. Our first example stands in a rotated L-shape, with a pair of standard legs supporting opposite a full slab.

The Materials

  • Tile
    One of the more unique tabletop constructions involves the use of tile. Whether across the entire surface, or used artfully in specific placements (usually framed in wood), tile can make for a textural, detailed surface to dine on.
  • Marble
    Marble is often seen in homes as a kitchen counter top, but can be found on certain luxurious dining table models. Imbuing any space with an elegant, rich tone, marble tabletops will present a heavy, textural surface that’s cool to the touch and easy to clean.
  • Metal
    Metal tabletops bring a modern, hard edged touch to any dining room. The material is stain resistant, hardy, and cool to the touch, and fits well with industrial or contemporary styled spaces.
  • Laminate
    The laminate tabletop is based on a multilayered construction, allowing for a sturdy, appealing, yet wear-resistant surface. Our example here is a white PVC laminated table with chrome ring frame.
  • Glass
    Glass tabletops bring an elegant, airy feeling to any dining room, opening up the visual space and providing a clean, modern surface to interact with. Our featured model stands on a graphite X-shaped frame.
  • Wood
    Wood table is a unique piece, with one side of the structure holding ample built-in shelving for decorative or utilitarian storage.


The Styles

  • Traditional
    Traditional style is still the most common you’ll find when shopping for dining tables. With elegantly carved wood, detailed textures, and rich proportions, this style is timeless and powerful.
  • Modern
    Modern style evokes a graceful mixture of utility and aesthetics that flourished beginning in the 20th century, with clean lines and sharp angles framing unfussy surfaces. This table brings a thin, airy element to any room.
  • Rustic
    Rustic style utilizes unpainted wood in more natural, hand-carved shapes for a simplistic, back-to-nature feel that is popular in cabins and cottages across the country. Our featured example has a rounded log-style frame beneath a soft edged flat table top.
  • Industrial
    Industrial style is meant to convey the look and feel of factory machinery and tools, with naked metal and bold, strong wood shapes paired into a purposeful look. Our example table features a crossed I-beam frame and natural hardwood tabletop.
  • Contemporary
    Contemporary design can appear in a wide variety of looks, so long as they meaningfully present an “of the now,” up to date appearance. Contemporary tables can be found in every type of material and every shape configuration. Our example features an all white circular construction from the base up to the tabletop.