Living rooms are, more than ever, the heart of the home. In 2021, these areas saw a lot of action, and your living room is probably the one where you spent the most time. As a result, it’s critical to ensure that it’s adequately furnished. However, because living rooms are frequently huge areas with various roles, it might be challenging to know what you’ll need to make this space work its most challenging.

However, before we get started, let’s talk about the budget. After all, how much does it cost to furnish a living room and decorate it? It depends on whether you’re beginning from scratch or simply adding tiny accents and decorations. The size of the room, as well as the number and size of furniture that goes with it, will have a significant impact on your budget. 

Core Living Room Furniture

These are the items of furniture you can’t live without when putting together your living room design. You may make each item as unique as you want it to be, and you can go for more or less depending on the size of your living room. But, in the end, they are the essential elements that will make this room work.

Sofa or Sectional

In a living room, a sofa or sectional is a must-have. These pieces provide a space for people to sit, talk, rest, watch TV, and so much more. Of course, a sofa will be the most expensive piece of furniture in your living room design, but it will also be the most used, so you should spend your time choosing it.

When weighing your options, select one that best suits your lifestyle since this will influence the shape, style, and material of the sofa you choose. Have a large family that enjoys lounging? A spacious three seater sofa is perfect for you. Do you have children or pets who are prone to mishaps? Choose a fabric that is both sturdy and machine washable.

Are you a perfectionist when it comes to your appearance? Perhaps you want your other choices to be influenced by the sofa style. But keep in mind that the upholstery material you select will affect the cost and longevity of your sofa. So, before deciding on color and sofa type, think about who will be using it, how much you will use it, and whether you want to prioritize a washable fabric.

Beyond that, double-check that your sofa will fit in your room. You’ll want to be sure your living room’s square footage and layout allows you to comfortably walk around your sofa without blocking any vents or doorways.

Accent Seating

Another essential component to include in your living room decor is accent seating. Accent seating, whether it’s a single chair or a pair—or even a second, utterly independent seating area—serves as a supporting act to your sofa. It completes your seating area and unifies your space, allowing you to host guests, watch TV, read, and do so much more. All you have to do now is make sure your accent seating matches the style and color of your sofa and is proportionate to it.

Accent seating comes in various styles, from rocking chairs and armchairs to loveseats, benches, and stools, and in a variety of materials and colors. With so many options, all you have to do is choose that best suits your area and requirement. However, keep in mind who will be using the accent seats when making your decision. Will it be mainly for visitors, with your family utilizing the sofa? Or will the chair be used every morning and evening by someone in the house? This will help you decide if you want to spend more money on a higher-quality item or go for something less expensive and trendy.

Coffee table

Coffee tables are ideal for setting drinks, corralling remote controls, displaying books, and kicking your feet up. While it is possible to survive without one, we do not advise it! Coffee tables are, in fact, a must-have in each living space. Coffee tables, on the other hand, may make or ruin a room. They can become a significant eyesore if they’re the wrong size or height or in a style or material that doesn’t match the rest of your room.

If you have a small living space, a storage coffee table may be the best option. Do you have small children? Perhaps an ottoman would be a better option. You want to ensure that the coffee table you select satisfies your requirements and makes your life easier.

Lighting

Lighting is a simple aspect that may help set the tone of a space. So, in a living area, including lighting other than natural light sources and overhead lighting. Layered lighting, which includes a combination of floor and table lamps, sconces, and candles, helps set the mood and provides a cozier, more inviting atmosphere. Make sure your space is well-lit for the purposes you intend to use it. For example, do you have a favorite reading chair where you like to unwind every evening? You’ll want to make sure you have a floor lamp handy or a table lamp on a side table.

If you want to draw attention to a particular work of art, above it, hang a sconce. Make sure you have enough light sources so you can illuminate your room exactly how you want it all day. Also, check sure your lights aren’t causing any unwelcome glare or shade.

Lighting costs range from a few dollars to many thousand dollars. Decide whether you want to invest in lighting or purchase trendy items that you’ll replace in a few years.