Have you ever been in someone’s living room and just wondered what they were thinking when picking out the furniture? The chairs are irritatingly mismatched, or the sofa is just too big for the living area. Maybe for some reason, the individual got confused while selecting the theme for the living room? Or the one I see quite often, the furniture is just so ugly you wonder if they really paid for it or were given for free. Sometimes you’ll just sit there and make excuses for their horrible taste in furniture, like the living room space too small, or that’s what he could afford. It could be any of those or just maybe the individual really doesn’t know how to buy quality furniture for his/her parlour.
Well, we don’t want your guests to start having this thought when they come visiting so let’s see how we can help you. The living room is the space in a home that welcomes guests, so, homeowners should make sure that it is well-designed and that it could give comfort to all- not only for guests but for homeowners as well. With that in mind,
Consider these tips when buying your living room furniture, so your guests won’t have a headache while visiting.
1. Start with the basics
Love, at first sight, sounds like a good love story but it doesn’t always work out. You have to fall in love with your living room furniture, but you have to be sure it is the right fit for you. Pick out standard pieces like a sofa, a coffee table etc, ideal for your space. The size and functions are really important.
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2. Do the maths
No everyone loves maths, and not when you have to bend with a measuring tape trying to get the floor plan of your living room. But this is very important as you get to create a floor plan as to where each furniture will be placed, creating comfortable and passable pathways. Also, plan what activities will be taking place in the space, this will help you get a good picture where everything will go.
Yes, the sofa is beautiful, but is it built right? This is a very important question you need to consider when buying a piece of furniture for your living room. You want the furniture piece to feel solid and heavy. Please avoid Avoid particle board and light aluminium frames and stick with solid wood construction as solid wood frames will last much longer. The price should also be consistent with the condition of the furniture. Before purchasing anything, give it the sit test. No matter how beautiful your new upholstery piece is you won’t enjoy it if it’s not comfortable.
4. The shape
Being trendy is relatively cool, but when it comes to furniture do you want it to be trendy or will it stand the test of time? Furniture doesn’t come cheap so you have to be very careful when you are considering the current trends in your living room furniture. This doesn’t mean you should buy something without style or bland as you can find a lot of contemporary of traditional furniture styles suitable for you on the market.
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5. Fabric and finish
If you want to get a furniture with exposed wood for your living room, consider the stain or finish colour. If you like the furniture but not the wood finish, then you can change it. Many pieces can be altered dramatically by the colour of the finish. You can easily take a chair from traditional to contemporary by changing a cherry stain to a black paint. Likewise, a mahogany piece painted white will instantly appear more feminine. Now to the fabric, choose a fabric that will be easy to maintain and a colour appropriate for your style. Lighter coloured fabrics look cool but if the piece of furniture is going to be used frequently, then choose a slightly darker fabric.
6. The unexpected
The furniture in your living room should reflect your style and personality, so look for furniture that has an element of the unexpected or is a little unconventional, whatever the case, pick out pieces that reflect your style. You could even just add some accent furniture like an ottoman. This can also be an additional seating area especially when you have guests. Aside from that, these can add appeal to a room. You can also add other accessories on it like throw pillows.
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7. Coordinate the pieces to your theme
You must, first of all, know your theme before thinking of coordination, if not you’ll be running a rat race. You should think beyond your living room and make sure the style of your furniture not only match your living room, but also the rest of the house.
8. Don’t over do it
Please don’t over do the design of your living room when picking out the furniture. If not, it will look like it was designed by a madman, and I am sure you don’t want that.
With the following tips, picking out your living room pieces will be fun, and you’ll have a nice cosy space ideal for you.