Furniture Ideas for Transforming the Look of Your Living Room

A Must-Have Furniture Buying Guide

Buying or renting a new place is exciting. You get to move into your own space for the first time, or you're upgrading or downsizing, but either way, it's time to start buying new items. One of the most important rooms in your home is the living room. It's a gathering place for friends and family, and there are some must-have furniture pieces you cannot do without. Whether you're looking for a whole new style or it's just time to get a new sofa, you may have credit card in hand and think you're ready to buy. However, before you do, be sure you know exactly how to buy furniture that's just right for your new home.

Start by measuring the space you have to determine which pieces you'll be able to buy. Once you know what you're working with, figure out what the purpose of the room is. If this is your sanctuary from the outside world, you may want to go with the coziest couch you can find. If you're a book lover, you can bookend your living room with bookshelves and be surrounded by what you like the most (books, obviously).

If you plan to entertain, you're going to need a lot of seating, and there are plenty of furniture options for that. Look for an L-shaped sectional sofa or two sofas and a couple of accent chairs. Finally, decide what style you want. You don't have to stick to one style, either, so feel free to get creative with plans and ideas for your living room. This is your room, so do with it what you will, but arm yourself with some good furniture buying tips first.



Love Your Living Room Again

We all get comfortable with our sofas, tables, and other pieces at home, and parting can be such sweet sorrow. If it's been a while since you looked at what's trending in living room decor, here's a quick catch-up session on some furniture ideas: Low-profile, minimalist pieces are very much in right now, but they're offset by bold colors and soft fabrics. 

When you're ready to buy living room furniture, keep those trends in mind as you browse. A bright yellow sofa with small, pointed feet is free of ornate details, which lets the color speak for itself. Pair it with a modular marble coffee table, and you have a great room for conversation.

Also, feel free to stray from the trends. After all, as long as you pick what you like, you can be a trendsetter. If you're ready to switch up your style, you can start with one piece at a time. A bold accent chair can do wonders to spruce up a neutrally-colored room. Fill in with a few art pieces and accessories, and you'll gain confidence in how to buy furniture.

Defining Modern for You

The term "modern" is thrown around so much that it has almost lost any meaning. When it comes to furniture, it seems to mean any piece that has a futuristic look and minimalist appeal.  As you shop modern living room furniture, you'll see a lot of geometric styles, thin legs on tables, and low-slung sofas. Modern can also be seen in the curved lines of an arm on a sectional, and it doesn't have to look as though it came from the future.

If you want a modern look but you don't want your living room to look like it's part of an art installation, make sure you include soft touches. Feel free to place a clear acrylic bench on a wall, but to soften the look, use a fluffy throw blanket over your mid-century modern teal sofa. Design is all about balance.

It's Element(ary)—Naturally

Nature-inspired design doesn't have to include a wall-hanging garden, unless you want it to. The best way to incorporate nature in your living room without going overboard with the plants is to use natural materials. You can find lots of inspiration when you look at living room wood furniture that shows off the grain of the wood and mixes in some other materials that accentuate the beauty of the wood.

Although metal gets a checkmark in industrial style, it's an element that can look nature-inspired when done right. A wood barn door cabinet with metal hardware is a great example of how you can bring an outdoor-inspired piece inside and have it work well. You'll also find that some of the most durable furniture combines these natural materials, and it works beautifully.

Mix 'n Match Must-Haves

Even if you have a definite preference when it comes to styling your living room, you can branch out into other themes without giving up your favorite look. When you shop for furniture, try visualizing a modern sofa with a thick-legged coffee table. Consider a hammered metal drum-like accent table next to a floral patterned occasional chair.

The key to success with some of these furniture ideas is to use similar colors, profiles, and shapes. Some pieces are universal donors, or incredibly versatile and work with any style.


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Of all the living rooms in all the world, yours is the most important to you, which is why you continue to change and upgrade it with new pieces that speak to you. We have pieces that allow you to proclaim your love of a particular style, material, or color—and you're likely to find new some brand new furniture ideas while you're browsing!