How many kinds of furniture can you use to decorate your living room? There is the ordinary sofa and coffee table option of course, but what if you don’t want to go for ordinary? What if you want your living room to be extraordinary or otherwise different? To be sure, sofas and coffee tables are the living room staples, but there are a whole host of other furniture types that have proven themselves as excellent living room furniture pieces. So if you’re tired of thinking about yet another design of sofa or coffee table you’ll get in the next festive season, check out some of these amazing alternatives!

1. Living Room Sofa

Of course, no list of furniture types for your living room would be complete without the trusty old sofa. In fact, one could even say a living room is made by it’s sofa! A sofa is the centerpiece of the living room. It determines the initial impression and sets the mood or tone. It should be the first thing you think of when contemplating on your living room design.

2. Coffee Table

Alongside your sofa set, yet another staple of the living room and sofa seating arrangement is of course the coffee table! For drinks, ashtrays and magazines, and of course, coffee, the coffee table is a functional furniture piece meant to provide a convenient platform upon which to place items in the living room. Alongside its utilitarian purpose, the coffee table also provides an important aesthetic element to the living room. Unlike sofas, which have more emphasis on colour against texture, a coffee table and its matching side tables usually place more emphasis on texture. When choosing your coffee table, its important to consider material aesthetics. Would you rather the dominant material in your living room to be wood, metal, glass, steel or ceramics? If you choose wood, do you want it to be a pale-colored wood, hardwood, or perhaps wood as employed by a particular style?

3. Chair Side Table

Here is where things start getting fun. Feast your eyes on this beautiful, simplistic side table designed by the US furniture powerhouse Ashley Homestore. This is a chair side table. But what’s the difference between a regular side table and a chair side table? The most obvious difference is that a regular side table is square-shaped, meant to be placed either in between sofas, or as the “joint” to a multiple-seater sofa arrangement. Although it can work some of the time, regular side tables don’t really work well as a complementary piece to armchairs, wingchairs, or recliners. This is where the chair side table comes in. It is narrower and designed specifically to act as a platform in perfect arms reach for a single-seater!

4. Accent Chair

Typically, when choosing seating arrangements for your living room, you have three basic options. These three basic options are: the sofa, the armchair or wingchair, and the recliner. Furthermore, the three choices are usually embedded across two parameters: design and comfort. Of course, the best of both worlds is always preferred, but more often than not we have to make one choice over the other. Should my wingchair be more design-oriented or more comfort-oriented? In an ordinary scenario, a sofa should have a foot in both worlds. A sofa determines the fundamental design of your living room, but it shouldn’t do so at the cost of too much comfort. A recliner however, is built for comfort, and a wise interior designer would sacrifice design at the gain of comfort when choosing a recliner. Accent chairs are beautiful statement pieces, meant to lift up the atmosphere of a living room by following the laws laid down by accent color.

5. Accent Cabinet

While determining color can be one of the most important things to decide when contemplating living room design, determining the material aesthetic or texture palette of your living room is no less important. Textures, unlike colors, are subtler, resulting in a higher difficulty in attempts to match. If white, black, red and blue constitute color, then wicker, fur, and the various characters of wood constitute material aesthetics. Picking occasionals and cabinets that emphasizes the textures of your living space can bring you surprising results.

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