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The living room is the most common room in a house. It’s no wonder most people go to great lengths to ensure it is most welcoming to the guests. Every object is examined to detail, placed and replaced until the desired outlook is achieved. Even then, finding the right mix of spatial configuration and furniture for the living room is often elusive. Yet many may come close.

One thing that stands out in a living room is the furniture. The colour, the arrangement, size, quality, type and longevity, are details that stick out immediately your guest steps into the room, and no one wants to disappoint. To accomplish this, here’s a few steps on how to select the appropriate furniture for your living room.


Living room enthusiasts know that the first step in selecting the right stuff for your living room is to understand your living room. This means answering questions about the floor area, wall colour and material, window size and configuration of your living room appropriately. You don’t want to bring in furniture that’s too big in proportion to the room or one that is too small. This also helps you determine the positioning of your furniture perfectly.

Do the math

You don’t want your furniture to clog the living room, so you have to get a relatively accurate perception of how the pieces will fit in the room before you bring anything in. Additionally, leaving enough space for household traffic, electronics and other accessories is a must. It’s like putting together pieces of a jig-saw puzzle.


It’s important to start with the basics. All living rooms have chairs and tables, so before your consider a wall unit, get the basics first and then the rest. This follows the primary functionality of a living room, which is a place to gather family and friends, and welcoming guests. As a general rule, the most important piece should be at the focal point of the room to draw attention.

Complementary pieces

Once you’ve done the groundwork, the focus should be on getting complementary pieces of furniture to fill the remaining space. Does the book shelf blend in with the television stand? Or does it look alien to the room. Experienced interior designers also recommend including in your living room, some readily movable furniture pieces to allow you play around with space when necessary. In addition, the pieces need to synchronize well with other elements in the room like the flower vases and the paintings.

Get Quality

Investing in high quality pieces for your living room saves you the bug of having to replace the furniture after just a few years because they are worn out or they need repair etc. This may be expensive, but in the long run quality trumps short-term savings.

Getting the right furniture for your living room can consume a lot of your time and resources, but once completed it can be immensely liberating.