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How to Choose Living Room Furniture for Your Home

1) Determine Your Furniture Needs

Choosing living room furniture based on what you need from it. How big is your layout? Will large-scale furniture or smaller designs best suit your space? Determine how you'll use your family room to decide what styles you need.

Next, decide on the sofa type you want. A quality sofa is the foundation of every great family room. Consider seat height and cushion softness and depth. Take size into consideration: a compact loveseat for small living rooms and a full-sized or sectional sofa for big spaces. If you frequently entertain guests, consider a sleeper sofa. Don't forget to accent with living room chairs. Complete your living room furniture collection with ottomans and side tables.

Keep in mind how you'll be using the furniture while shopping for upholstery. White or neutral colored fabrics are ideal for lighter or infrequent use, while dark fabrics are better for frequently-used items. Machine-washable slipcovers in dark fabrics and strong, durable bonded leather are also good options for those with pets or kids.

2) Consider Furniture Style

Before choosing family room furniture, decide on the overall style of the place. Traditional furniture, such as tufted sofas and wingback chairs, are perfect for classically-styled spaces. If you are drawn to a more contemporary, on-trend look, you may opt for modern or mid-century modern furniture designs. Somewhere in the middle? Mix and match items from different sets and collections for personalized look.

3) Consider Storage

When considering storage for your space, start with media consoles and TV stands. Media consoles provide a stylish platform for your TV. If you prefer to conceal DVD players and other home media, select a console with plenty of drawers, shelving and cabinet space.

Display books, framed photos and other knickknacks on living room cabinets, bookcases and shelves. Save space and organize with stackable storage. Modular cabinet pieces can configured in a variety of ways—side-by-side or layered.

4) Incorporate Tables

Once you've chosen seating, add tables. A classic wood accent table looks timeless in a classic living room, and tables of glass or marble are on-trend and modern. Strategically place end tables near chairs to hold drinks (don't forget coasters), remotes, books and more. If you have space, add a console table behind a sofa for table lamps and accents and decor.

5) Add the Finishing Decor

Give the space a cozy feel and tie the living room together with area rugs. Position a floor lamp near the reading chair and accent end tables with a table lamp or two.

Finally, round out the look with small home accessories, such as candles, botanicals and artwork. Drape decorative pillows and cozy throws over sofa and chair arms for form and function. Fill blank wall space above the living room furniture with prints, mirrors and framed family photos for a personal touch.

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