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Seating for the living room

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers
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The living room is one our favourite places in the home, a space to live, gather with friends or simply relax. As we all know, the main activity in the living room is just sitting around. For this reason, the kind of furniture you choose to put in your living room is very important.  It must be comfortable, functional, and stylish.  In this idea book, we will give you some suggestions and ideas for types and arrangement of furntiture, ensuring that your living room remains a sitting room!

A bold design

When putting together a great living room, it is always a good idea to find one unique thing that you love, and build the rest of the décor around that. This gorgeous chair is such a piece. Its elegant design is simple, giving you a variety of options when it comes to selecting the rest of the furniture for the room.  Perhaps most importantly, however, it seems incredibly comfortable, just the kind of chair to sink into after a long day. 

A classic arrangement

 Global Eclectic Style:  Living room by SB design Studio
SB design Studio

Global Eclectic Style

SB design Studio

There are a few tried and true seating arrangements that will never go out of style, like the facing twin couches pictured here. Ideal for board games and conversation, this classic set-up matches most styles, from rustic to eclectic. Key to pulling off this style is symmetry: note how the pictured room is organised like mirror images around the axis of the fireplace.  The identical lamps, tables and wall décor help the room feel balanced, which makes it feel even more comfortable. 

Adding new shapes

We sometimes forget that seating doesn't have to be restricted to the basic couch or chair. This living room adds some new shapes into the mix with a large, circular piece of lounge furniture and quite a few rectangular seats. Pieces like these cubes are especially useful as they can be easily moved in case you need to accommodate more guests or rearrange the room for a specific purpose. They are ideal for both comfort and function, essential qualities in living room furniture.

Luxurious leather

 Living room by Locus Habitat
Locus Habitat

Leather Furniture

Locus Habitat

When it comes to living room design, leather is a staple. Always fashionable, but never trendy, leather suggests comfort and looks good with most styles. Its deep, rich tones are associated with sophistication and warmth. In addition, it is durable and practical and will often last much longer than fabric upholstery. Feel free to go for an all leather look, like the room shown here, or simply mix in a few choice pieces.  

Sensational sectional

Another popular choice for living room seating is the sectional.  These large, angular couches  work well  in spaces that may not have the traditional symmetry required for something like facing sofas. We often picture sectionals in large, open spaces, but they work just as well in small seating corners as they instantly make a space feel comfy and cosy. The room pictured here pushes the boundaries a bit by opting for a brightly patterned piece, which looks sensational against the lines of the bookshelves in the background, and the design of the rug underneath. This successful mixing of patterns is made possible by the design of the sectional: having such a large seating means that there is no need to fit in multiple pieces of furniture, which may have made the room too busy. 

Chairs, chairs, chairs

When we think of living room furniture, the first thing we picture is probably a couch. But, as this picture shows, seating areas composed only of chairs can look very inviting as well. This arrangement is especially good for entertaining guests, as it allows for easier rearrangement and facilitates conversation.

See other great living room ideas here.

What type of seating do you have in your living room? Share your ideas below!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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