02 Jan Living Room Must-Haves
Essentials this room shouldn’t be without!
If you are about to remodel, or better yet, moving into a new home, you are probably already experiencing the excitement of designing and decorating each room. It is truly anxiety of the best kind! Some rooms, like the kitchen, will take up the majority of your deliberation as well as most of your cash! Bedrooms might need to reflect other personalities so you may get a break on one or two of those, but it is the living room where you really can establish your flair! It’s pretty straightforward. Living rooms typically consist of the same components across the board, but it’s what design of each part you choose that makes a difference. But let’s step back, first and foremost you need to have a firm grip on the primary accessories that every living room should have…
A giant, beautiful rug!
Especially on top of a hardwood floor, a soft textured rug is the epitome of eloquence. One that feels great under your feet and makes a living room inviting is priceless. After all, that’s the point of a living room isn’t it – to make your guests feel welcome, completely at home? Whether they actually verbalize it or not, you can bet your friends appreciate the homey feeling that is comfortably inclusive!
The finest fernery
You’ve got to have a few plants in the living room! In fact, every room can benefit from the vibrancy of natural green plants! For one thing, you can successfully incorporate them into any décor. Our green friends create fresher air for us to breathe and like your favorite pet you can find that one special plant that makes your day.
A coffee table
Sure, it probably goes without saying, a coffee table is an obvious necessity. Even if it is not the primary attraction while other living room features command more attention, you can count on it to be the cohesive detail that brings all of the other pieces together. Just as people assemble around the coffee table in any other setting, it is truly an integral piece of furniture that serves to make the living room complete.
Want a wonderful way to introduce color into the room? Curtains provide a certain character with their design and even bold statements in the many patterns available. Imagine them flowing in the breeze on a warm summer day, what a beautiful addition for the room in which friends gather. Be certain to pick a striking look for them, especially if you want pops of color in your design. If you prefer the understated, plain simple drapes will blend with the scenery and be unobtrusive.
A personal touch.
It’s your home and naturally you should have something to reflect that. It could be as simple as a family photo, or a series of them, or perhaps family heirlooms of the decorative sort. Maybe even something to honor one’s military service. Little details such as these that inspire conversation create a much warmer and homey atmosphere and make a more inviting situation for guests to relax in.
We are referring, of course, to candles! Sure, they’re practical in case of a power outage, but they can also serve to lend a taste of elegance. They can provide a romantic setting when necessary, or even accommodate an evening of spooky ghost stories. Display them on the mantel, coffee table or anywhere they can comfortably occupy space. They are guaranteed to create a more appealing and intimate environment. But remember – safety first! Always handle with care!
Pillows are a must in the living room. Sure, your sofa and seating arrangement are comfy as they are, but it doesn’t hurt to further accommodate guests with pillows within their arms reach. You never know if they could use a lil’ extra back support, or one or two just to hold like a security blanket. There is a danger of pillow overload – beware! You don’t want so many that your guests have to move three of them just to sit, causing one or two to fall to the ground. That could be a potential tripping hazard.
Easily accessible throw blankets are great to have on hand, too. When you cozy up on the sofa with your significant other, it’s nice to snuggle under a warm one. And if your guest is starting to shiver from the colder-than-usual temps, it’s nice to offer up a blanket for them to wrap themselves up in and be entirely comfortable during their visit.
It’s the great unifier, isn’t it? A little sad maybe, but who doesn’t like getting lost in their favorite show or cheer their teams on to victory? If you have friendly acquaintances over, there’s nothing like a TV program to overcome the possibility of awkward silence. Today’s screens are compact and slim, so you can put them just about anywhere. You can even build an entertainment center to house it! Access the internet or simulate a fireplace, TV’s serve an abundance of purposes, making them entirely appropriate for today’s living room!