Living Room Must Haves: Our List of Top 10 Essentials

Updated: Jun 27

Living room is most important gathering place for your family, friends and guests. This is the place where you normally relax, entertain and socialize. Apart from this, one should also keep in mind any other purpose that this room should serve before finalizing interior design looks for their living room. There are some absolute must haves and essentials that need to be included in living room interior design to complete its looks. Here are our top picks:

1. Proportion & Scale

One of the first things to consider when designing a living room is proportion and scale of all the things that you want to incorporate. Well balanced play between design elements such as shape, size, texture and color can create an interesting and harmonious living space.

2. Seating Groups or Comfortable Seating

If you have a sizable room where planning different areas for seating is possible, there is nothing like it. Different arrangements for seating of different purposes (e.g. formal seating for guests and formal conversations, cozy arrangement for family and friends to relax and entertain) just kind of completes the basic purpose of a living room. But if you can't plan different seating groups, your main seating must be comfortable for everyone. You do not have to skimp on style these days to find comfortable, well-made upholstery. It’s worth the splurge to acquire quality pieces that you can enjoy for years to come.

3. A Focal Point

Every living space should have a focal point that captures the attention while also being functional at the same time. It can be your TV wall with interesting storage design for your books, crockery or decor items, a large window or a fabulous chandelier.

4. Plants and Nature: The Living Element

Whether it’s a fiddle leaf fig tree in your living room or cut flowers on a nightstand, plants and flowers add color and a natural element and freshness to any room. Apart from incorporating plants, nature themed wallpapers can add a great character make your space truly 'living'. This trend, commonly referred to as 'Biophilia' is amongst the latest interior trends and favorite among the designers right now.

5. Personal Favorite Items

This is absolute essential and must have when decorating a living room. You should always show off and decorate the pieces that are personal to you. It can be a photograph, a piece of art, items related to your hobbies and interests, a souvenir etc. This will show true reflection of the home owners which is unique to everyone, ultimately making your living room interior design and decor unique.

6. A Properly Sized Rug

Nothing can make a living room feel incomplete like a too-small rug. Make sure that the front legs of your upholstery should be able to sit well on top of it. This will give you the credit for space you have and will make a huge difference in your living room decor. Rugs are a great way to incorporate colors and textures particularly if your interior style is monochrome or B&W minimalist style.

7. Pillows

Throw pillows on your couch or chairs are not only incorporated for their function in providing extra comfort, but also provide a wonderful opportunity to bring in interesting colors and textures. You can simply change its covers to instantly change the look of your living room interiors without much effort and cost.

8. Coffee Table/ Centre Table

With right style, color and shade your coffee table will bring all the pieces of your furniture together to make it feel complete.

9. Drapes

Bold drapes, curtains or blinds, are another way of introducing color and character to your living room. While a unique design, fabric and bold color can add eye catching drama to the space, simple and neutral drapes can elevate the elegance of your living room. Whatever is your style, drapes sure are a must haves in the list of living room essentials.

10. Art Pieces

Art, preferably original, is a living room staple. The spirit and personality of Art cannot be replaced with any other decor item in living room. It is one of the things that helps reflect your style and character in your interior design. We would always encourage you to invest in art when you find a piece that resonates with your soul and don’t worry about whether it ‘matches.’ You will always find the right place for it.

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