Designed for Living: Creating a Functional, Fabulous Living Room

We spend a lot of time in our living rooms -- entertaining, unwinding, even working! So you need to create an environment with the versatility to please everyone who will use it. Living room furniture that has both a relaxed feel and a touch of elegant, sophisticated style is always a great choice to meet today's varied needs. A well-designed living room can both please your guests and be durable and comfortable enough for everyday occasions.

Leather Furniture: A Look – And Feel – That Lasts

Leather does not have to be a luxury item any longer. You can now find a wide variety of stylish leather living room furniture at prices that will suit any budget. Leather furniture not only provides luxury and comfort, but it’s durable and stands up to family wear and tear. Choose a style that’s long-lasting as well. Look for details such as rolled arms, nailhead trim and double-padded seats to get the most for your dollar.

Make Room For Everyone

Entertaining a large crowd withou a lot of space? Try a sectional sofa! A small sectional can offer as much seating as a sofa and loveseat or chairs, but it physically takes up less space and your room appear larger overall. Whether you are watching the big game or hosting a formal cocktail party, sectional sofas are a practical alternative to traditional living room seating. Features such as modular sections, a reversible chaise and sleepers can maximize your investment.

Accents That Work

Don’t forget the right accent pieces can help pull a living room together and make it functional for all sorts of activities. Proper lighting will allow for reading on the couch, playing games and watching TV. Accent tables with drawers help to keep things neat and tidy, and an oversized cocktail ottoman creates even more seating in a pinch -- or you can add a tray and it becomes a cocktail table.

Remember: Making your living room fun and functional will make everyone happy to be at home!

 

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Choosing the Best Sectional Sofa for Your Living Room

If you're bored of the traditional sofa and loveseat combination but still want enough seating for family and friends, a sectional sofa is a smart buy. To help you find the best sectional for you among the dozens of options, it's best to look at your space and how you and your guests will be using it.

The TV Room: Time to Recline

Got a 60" HDTV on the wall? Surround sound? Mini fridge? If you have all of these in your room, you need a sectional that will keep your guests comfortable while they watch the game or the latest blockbuster. The must-haves are reclining seats, leather upholstery and seating for as many people as the room allows. Looking for something extra special? You'll find a wide array of bonus features in motion sectionals including massage features, cupholders and even hidden storage for snacks. Your home will soon become the most popular place on the block for the Sunday games.   

The Family Room: Time to Chat

Maybe the TV is in the rumpus room in the basement, but you have a family room where everyone gathers to play board games, read a good book, or just hang out and chat. This room needs a sectional that's spacious, stylish and comfortable. An important consideration is whether you need flexibility in this area for parties and larger gatherings. If so, consider a modular sectional so you can rearrange the configuration on a whim, and don't forget an ottoman or two to use as extra seating.

The Main Living Room: Time to Impress

Want the wow factor when you walk into your living room every evening? Splurge on a sleek, modern leather sectional and transform your space into an urban oasis. Black is safe, but white will really make a statement -- and leave more room for colorful accents that can change with the seasons. This space may look like its for adults only, but remember leather is durable and easy to clean, so it's still a smart option.    

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3 Furniture Tips For Small-Scale Living

Many homes call for smaller-scale furniture -- Chicago and New York apartments, historic houses in New England, vacation condos in Florida, etc. -- but that doesn't mean the design aesthetic has to be small, too. Small space design is all about making the space feel larger. In general, furniture that is simply styled, low and lean will provide an open and airy feeling. Here are three practical tips for how you can decorate your small living space to have big style.

Flexible Furnishings

Versatile furniture that can be rearranged on a whim, like a sofa with reversible chaise, is invaluable. Such living room furniture lets you create unique seating arrangements to match your needs. Another option is to have multiple smaller pieces. For example, a loveseat and two accent chairs, will give you more options in arranging seating than a sofa alone. Choosing stylish armless chairs will make the best use of a smaller space.

Think Outside the Box

Small space living requires resourcefulness and looking at furniture in different ways. The perfectly scaled dresser for your bedroom may be in the kids' furniture department. Today, many kids' bedroom collections have a more grown-up style to transition with the child as he grows. You'll still be able to find furnishings with a clean, modern look that would fit in with your other bedroom furniture. Don't let labels limit you -- if it works for your space, that's all that matters!

Fewer Pieces, Better Budget

An unexpected fringe benefit of small space living is that you'll need fewer pieces so you may be able to stretch your budget to include a splurge or two. One such splurge is also a good investment: a bed with storage drawers.  When you live in a home with limited closet space – typical of those New York and Chicago apartments mentioned above – furniture with built-in storage is a huge plus. Beds with storage come in many different styles today, from modern to more traditional. While a storage bed may cost more than other styles, it will prove invaluable not only in a small home, but any home -- there's no such thing as too much storage!

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