Livable Living Rooms

Many people are so afraid of dirtying their living rooms that they don’t even use them. But you shouldn’t waste such valuable space because you want it to be perfect. A living room should be a space for living – not a shrine.  Why not try some of these tips to help create a living room worth living in?

1. Know Your Fabrics
If you have young children, your biggest worry is the wear and tear of your upholstered furniture. Choose durable fabrics that are more tightly woven and will stand up to lots of use. Leather, microfiber, wool, and most synthetic fabrics will allow for higher traffic, are forgiving, and are easily cleaned. Fabrics like cotton, silk and linen are prone to wrinkles and stains and don’t wear as well.

Bradington Young
Bradington Young

Need some inspiration? We have a great leather gallery here at Furnitureland South to help you pick out the perfect piece for your home, like this Bradington Young Sofa.

2.Have enough Storage
Having enough storage in your living room can make your life so much easier. Everything has its place which, in turn, leads to less clutter. Storage can come in the form of tables with drawers, stowaway ottomans, baskets, and entertainment systems. These features will keep your living room organized and tidy.

Hekman Entertainment System
Hekman Entertainment System

This entertainment center from Hekman provides storage areas that are concealed by doors, so no one has to see what’s behind them!

Flexsteel Furniture
Flexsteel Furniture

These stylish “Storage Kubes” from Flexsteel open up to double as storage space!

3. Know Your Cushion Options
Most manufacturers offer many cushion options for upholstered furniture. Knowing which type of support and comfort you prefer will help you pick the right seat cushion for you. Different combinations of down, spring down, feather down, foam, and foam blends are usually available.

4. Edit Accessories
Accessories add the finishing touch to every room. They add flair and personality, but sometimes you can get carried away. Too many accessories make a room feel overwhelming and uncomfortable. Not to mention that many accessories are made of materials that are more likely to be broken – especially if you have children. The ability to edit your accessories will be a great help in making a living room more livable.

This room shown above has so much going on that it’s a bit overwhelming. Instead try something like this beautifully styled living room (below) from Lexington Home Brands.

Picture Courtesy of Lexington.com
Picture Courtesy of Lexington.com

5. Add Some Color
Adding splashes of color to your space will make it more fun and inviting. You don’t have to go crazy with color and  get a red sofa or paint your walls purple – although those could be great options. Simply incorporate color into your living room more subtly with throw pillows, blankets, accessories, and accent chairs.

Picture Courtesy of Clayton Marcus.com
Picture Courtesy of Clayton Marcus.com

The throw pillows on this Clayton Marcus Sofa will add a bright pop of color to any room.

Picture Courtesy of Century Furniture
Picture Courtesy of Century Furniture

This chair from Century Furniture lends a warm, inviting ambiance to the room, and you can reinforce your color scheme by using the same fabric for throw pillows on the sofa!

Use any combination of these tips and create a living room that you will love to live in.

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