You’ve done the hard work, you’ve bought yourself a living room.
Now what are you going to do with it?
I understand it’s difficult to figure out where to go from here. I’ve been there, I’ve got the T-shirt.
The issues are:
- What sort of living room do I actually want?
- Is your living room going to look as incredible as the pictures?
- Where the hell do you get that furniture anyway?
I’m going to explain to you four common living room styles that the best interior designers use. You know they’re going to look great if you replicate the key components.
All the images used are from real people, like you and me. Why is this important? Interior design often feels like an impossible task, I’m going to give you the confidence to do it too.
Lastly, I’ll list the best online stores for you to buy the furniture and accessories for each style.
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Let me take you on a journey of living rooms so you can discover the one of your dreams.
Contemporary living rooms
Contemporary interior design is a combination of elements that are ‘in the moment’.
Whatever’s popular at the moment can be grouped into the category and the style is constantly moving, perpetually morphing into something new.
Do you have what it takes to keep up?
Only time will tell.
Contemporary interior design is for people who go with the flow and aren’t restricted by pesky rules.
Contempoary colors are neutral
Contemporary living rooms may change over time but there’s a consistency in color today.
Neutrals, whites and blacks are really common with accents of brightness to add a dash of spice to the mix.
What could you use as an accent? Pillows, armchairs, sofas. Make sure there’s some colorful art on the walls.
Check out the green sofa above – it looks fantastic.
Neutral walls give you the ideal canvas to create whatever masterpiece you desire.
Contemporary furniture is as bold as brass
You want to buy furniture that makes a statement.
How can you do that?
- Clean, straight lines
- No decoration
- Geometric shapes
Furniture legs are usually exposed to the elements. Additionally, only buy essential furniture, contemporary living rooms are minimal in their composition.
Some online stores to shop in for Contemporary living room furniture:
I’ve done some of my own research so you can make a decision for yourself.
What’s more ‘Living Room’ than a sofa?
The perfect place to start when comparing the cost of furniture from each of the three Contemporary stores.
Let’s start from the beginning (the X-axis is in US dollars).
Blu Dot’s average sofa is $2,873, calculated from the total of 65 sofas in their range.
Below Blu Dot is Apt2b which has an average sofa price of $1,279 from 44 sofas – over $1500 cheaper than Blu Dot.
Yet, more luxurious in their sofa-selling was A+R who charge an average of $4,486 based on 110 models.
There’s a clear range between Blu Dot and A+R, one you’ll need to take into consideration.
Recently out of college? Concentrate your efforts in Blu Dot’s direction – don’t spend outside of your salary. The last thing you want to do is spend over $1000 on a sofa and end up buying one you don’t actually like.
Not something you need to be as concerned about if it isn’t your first rodeo.
Once you understand your furniture preferences, buy with confidence from the luxurious A+R.
P.s. Must own surround sound system
Hey – have you read this article yet?
The article above is for you if you feel like you need to make your living room feel larger.
You won’t have to worry about inviting people over anymore. Your living room isn’t going to feel tiny and cramped but only if you absorb all of the information in the article.
What are you waiting for? There are small living rooms to save.
In fact, once you’re done with it, your living room is going to feel as bright and airy as the image Bohemian living room below.
Bohemian living rooms
If you’re in the market for a cozy living room that feels alive then Bohemian is right up your street.
You’ll understand the importance of plants if you’ve spent any time on the Rooms Solutions website. Bohemian living rooms unleash their inner jungle.
The furniture is usually on the rustic side and the older looking the better.
Everything in Bohemian needs to tell a tale, it needs to possess a certain charm. It may not be new, it may not be shiny but it’s ok with that.
Bohemian living rooms have bursts of color, usually through rugs, throws and cushions.
Bohemian colors and textures
Bohemian living rooms have white walls as the baseline.
On top of the white, bursts of color are added, usually through rugs, throws and cushions.
A variety of textures are included – from smooth, waxy Rubber Tree leaves to durable kilim rugs.
Even the patterns range from plain to navajo-inspired graphics and other ethnic varieties.
Here’s a thought.
What artwork are you going to put on the walls?
Keeping everything fresh is important, keep your brain on its toes. For instance, you can include different sizes and shapes of frames so which one you look at next is always a surprise.
Macrames are a favorite in Bohemian but let’s not overdo them, shall we?
It’s an extremely relaxed room and, to be honest… fun. Do you consider yourself a free spirit? If you love travelling to the edge of the Earth just to find antiques with ‘had to be there’ stories then I think you already know Bohemian is the interior design style for your living room.
Some online stores to shop in for Bohemian living room furniture:
P.s. Must love yoga and incense.
Mid-Century Modern living rooms
The first thing you need to know about Mid-Century Modern living rooms is that all of your furniture is going to have legs.
The sofa, the cabinets, the side tables.
You name it, it’s sitting on legs.
This is borrowed from the original Mid-Century movement, who wanted to get away from clunky, chunky furniture as fast as they possibly could.
Adding legs enables a movement of light and air throughout the room.
It makes it feel light and breathable.
Continuing this theme, the interiors flow incredibly and often have ‘organic’ lines.
What does this actually mean?
Many of the elements which encompass a Mid-Century Modern living room will have curves or edges.
It’s rare to see straight lines in nature and so they aren’t going to be seen in your sofa either.
Some online stores to shop in for Mid-Century Modern living room furniture:
P.s. Must have a Shiba Inu
Scandinavian living rooms
Scandinavian-style living rooms are the all about being at one with nature (as long as there’s a wall between you and the snow).
Everything is produced from natural materials – what I really mean is all the furniture is made from wood.
Throw out the metal, kick out the plastic.
In fact, get rid of just about everything. When you go Scandinavian, you welcome the minimal lifestyle too.
The coloration of Scandi living rooms is neutral and sticks to a relatively monotone palette.
P.s. Must be an angelic individual
Some online stores to shop in for Scandinavian living room furniture: