Of all the decorations you make in your house, your furniture in your room creates the first and deepest impression of your home. The living room is often where your family and you spend most of your time. This is what visitors see most often, and it is often the hub of family time. How you decorate your living room often paints a picture of who you are, what you like and what calms you and your family.
While space constraints can play havoc with decoration plans, having the right size of sofas, chairs and tables can provide enough seating and a free look. Consider your room measurements when shopping for different living room furniture. If you have pets and small children, consider durable material that resists stains and is very resistant to wear. After all, you want the furniture to look good for a long time. Leather seats can look and feel good, but the material is easily damaged and can be costly to repair. Instead, choose a durable but lovely cloth or woven material that can be easily cleaned.
Every house is different. Every family is different. Lighting, wall color and floor type can influence the choice of colors or patterns in your furniture. In general, dark colored furniture hides dirt and stains better, but the darker hue can outperform attempts at a light and airy atmosphere. Of course, your accents, lamps and window joints can counteract this look, so if darker shades appeal to you, look for accessories and accents — figures, lamps, wall art, and other decorations — to brighten the room.
If your living room furniture rests on carpets or rugs, consider using rugs for rug protection. The most popular are hard plastic boards whose flat side supports the furniture. The pointed side holds the furniture in place and prevents the carpet from being completely flat. Some carpet guards have wheels, and others prefer them to move easily. But the wheels dig in the carpet just as the furniture itself would. Expect impressions from the wheels that can become permanent. If you place furniture on bare floors, you may want to consider placing some type of durable, scratch-free pad between the furniture and the floor. Many people like a soft, flexible square or circle of rubber mesh that can blend into the color scheme of the room.
Whether you like a modern look, an industrial or a traditional decor in your house, choose your living room furniture to match your family's needs and comfort and make the most of your first impression.