Never has a room been more appropriately named. The living room is where you spend your days. It's the spot where you watch your favorite show. It's the space where your family gathers to open presents on the holidays. This is the common area of the home that everyone can share and be together. For game night, for pizza night, for snuggle-on-the-sofa night, the living room accommodates everyone. You want it to be a room that greets guests in style and comfort but still stands up to traffic over the course of a day. From finding just the right lighting to placing those soft-and-cozy throws in the best spot for decoration – and for reaching on those cold nights – we'll show you how to "live it up" in your living room.
There was a time when the living room was more of a showroom. It was a formal space to greet guests. In today's home, it's often an extension of the kitchen in the open concept. It's an entertainment space. So you need plenty of comfortable seating. A sofa, loveseat or sectional with a comfortable chair or two should work. Add lamps for accent lighting and to create a warm ambiance. A rug might be nice, particularly in a room with hardwood floors, to add softness and warmth. Accent pillows add color and help make the chairs seem more inviting. A coffee table and accent tables give you and your guests a spot to rest your drink or snack, and they give you a place to display framed photos, art or flowers. Finally, sentimental pieces are essential to the space. They remind you what the living part is all about.