Creating the perfect living room is a tricky balance of accessorising without cluttering. The living room is usually where you spend most of your time with your loved ones so you want it to contain everything you need whilst still giving you space to relax.
The key is to make sure you’re only using the minimum number of accessories necessary. That’s why we’ve created this complete ‘essentials’ list for every living room.
Whether you want a fancy and ornate design or a stylish, functional Scandi-style coffee table, this is one piece of furniture no living room should be without.
Not only will a coffee table function as the centrepiece of your living room, it’s also endlessly useful for displaying decoration items, storing books, or holding cups of tea (or glasses of wine!). Living rooms can feel empty without one; a carefully chosen coffee table will make your space feel complete.
Plants bring life and softness to a space, which is especially important if your living room is on the austere side.
But not only do houseplants make your living space look nicer, they’re also scientifically proven to boost both your mental and physical health. Plants can purify the air and remove toxins, which can aid with allergies or breathing issues. They are also proven mood boosters, reducing stress and aiding productivity.
While it's handy to be able to check your appearance before you head out for the day, living room mirrors are also vital for making your space seem bigger and brighter.
Mirrors reflect light and give the illusion that a room is larger than it is. A big, horizontal mirror above a fireplace, mantelpiece, or sofa can promote feelings of spaciousness and amplify any natural light you have coming in.
While you want to encourage a lot of natural light into your living room, this isn’t always possible in every home – and harsh, artificial light is hardly a beneficial alternative.
If you find your living room too dark, use candles instead. Candles create a warm and welcoming environment that can instantly help you to feel relaxed – especially if you choose a scented or aromatherapy style.
If you have hardwood, laminate, or vinyl flooring in your living room, a rug is essential for creating a cosy and comfortable environment. It’s soft and warm underfoot, protecting against the cold feet that come with harder flooring surfaces.
Rugs are also great for injecting a little personality into a room. A bold or patterned rug can add interested without being as overwhelming as a wall-to-wall carpet.
Like rugs, throws and cushions add comfort and style into a room. The most unwelcoming sofa can be made plush and snug with the addition of a few cushions and a big, fluffy throw.
They’re also excellent accessories for brightening up your living room. If your living space feels a bit drab or one-note, use cushions and throws as unobtrusive ways to add colour. Since they’re only small, as living room accessories go, you can be really bold with shades or patterns.
Whether it’s a unique piece of artwork or a little cluster of family photos, your living should contain, well - you!
The last thing a living room should be is stark or bare. Flashes of personality are what makes a living space cosy and inviting so don’t forget to add little touches of your life around the space to personalise it and make it feel like home.
How does your living room score on the ‘essentials’ list? If you’re missing any of these key living room accessories, we’d be more than happy to help you find them. Get in touch with us today, pop into our showroom, or browse our entire collection online to start adding those finishing touches to your home.