Welcome to our guide showcasing living room furniture ideas!
The living room is very important. It is often the heart of your home and the space where people congregate and socialize.
A living room comprises several different components, all working together. These elements can make your design cohesive or create a contrast to provide a dynamic and interesting visual depth.
It can be quite the job to find the right furniture and ensure that each piece works perfectly with one another.
Furniture can make or break the design of a living room. This gallery is designed to give you a full range of living room furniture ideas including sofas, tables, ottomans, chairs, and shelves.
Find even more 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. Sectional sofas offer significantly more seating than a standard sofa. While they are a bit harder to arrange, 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 prices. A simple and small sofa can cost as little as a couple of hundred dollars, but higher quality sofas 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 various living room styles. A neutral color such as white or gray allows a sofa to fit in with almost any color palette.
This sectional leather sofa has an interesting and modern design. A sectional provides more seating for occupants. This sofa has a visually exciting design that adds to the room’s contemporary appeal.
This sectional sofa has a base rich in natural tones and texture with a smooth and straightforward set of cushions. This gives the living room a light and laid-back 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 with 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 items and can be an excellent asset for design.
To keep the room from being too cluttered, it is essential to have the tables placed strategically and have the correct size and style. Typically, an end table is 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 simple surfaces 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 your needs, you can find a coffee table for $50 on the low end and upwards to thousands of dollars for a higher-end coffee table. End tables cost less and range between $50 to $200.
This stunning coffee table is topped with marble. There are drawers on the side of the table, providing the room with extra storage. This excellent table as a design feature adds a lot to the living space.
A simple table can still have outstanding design elements. The woodwork and elegant lines elevate the design of this round coffee table.
Even with a coffee table, you may still want end tables, as well. End tables are most often found to the side of seats. This makes them closer and more accessible to reach than the coffee table. This room has a beautiful sense of balance with matching loveseats and end tables.
This living room features two coffee tables with natural wood tone finishes. They 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 to set your feet when sitting in a chair. But serving as a footrest is not its only function.
A larger ottoman can sometimes be used as a bench or even as a seat. This can be useful in situations where there is limited seating or more people gathered 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 a 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 valuable 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 elegant ottoman has a multicolored seat with frills around the bottom. The piece could be used as a footstool, but it can also fill in as a spare seat.
A large ottoman makes for a great multi-use piece of furniture. The ottoman we see here provides ample storage under the seat and can be used as a footstool for more than one person. It can also serve as a soft-top coffee table.
This round ottoman is being used as a small table. An ottoman without a flat top can still be used as a table by adding a tray.
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 offers multiple people in the room an elevated sense of comfort.
Living Room Chair Ideas
A sofa may be the primary seating that offers the most seats, but chairs can also have a large impact on your living room. A chair can accentuate a design, match the sofa to extend that design element or add contrast to the layers of your living room set.
An accent chair or multiple chairs can change the balance of a room, shift it, or bring it together to make the 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 to suit any design you may have in your home.
Due to the number of different kinds of chairs and styles, the cost range is wide. Depending on your needs, a living room chair can cost anywhere between $100 and $5,000.
Whether you are looking for a cozy recliner chair to sink into or the perfect design piece to put the cap on your living room style, there is a living room chair for you. See more ideas in our definitive guide to living room chairs.
A chair is an excellent opportunity to expand room design and provide extra seating. The chairs in this example match the contrasting color of the sofa, pulling the color further into the room and drawing more attention to the contrast.
You may not want to fill your space with a large sofa if you prefer a minimalist design scheme. A couple of club chairs facing a unique coffee table work well in this living room.
Adding a couple of chairs to a room can help achieve balance. These two matching chairs are lovely additions to this room. They offset some of the colors and prevent the room from appearing lopsided.
Four simple chairs around a coffee table can provide as much seating as a sofa while maintaining a minimal and clean look. If you are looking for a minimalist design, a few well-selected chairs may be the perfect seating option for you.
Recliners are the type of chair that can make your space feel like home. Search until you find the perfect balance of comfort and style to be your personal claimed spot.
Living Room Shelving Ideas
Storage can be an issue in the living room. You may need shelves even with the additional storage an ottoman can provide.
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.
Plenty of shelving options are 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 cost you be between $30 to $60 per hour for their work.
Find more living room shelves in our definitive guide.
Shelves built into the structure are a big draw for many home buyers. A built-in shelf is suitable for storage and is economical in 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, the floating shelves have a bright white backdrop that highlights the area.
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 helpful in 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 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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