In any home, the living room is a center of concentration of the entire family, a place for recreation, reception of guests, get-togethers with friends or solitary evenings with a book. And this multipurpose room should be ready for all pastime activities. The arrangement of the living room furniture, in this case, becomes a priority for the owners of the apartment or private home.
This must be considered when choosing upholstered furniture for a living room:
- how many people are constantly living in the household or apartment (not just the amount and the capacity of furniture will depend on this, but also the choice of models, options for modification);
- how extensively the furnishings will be used (a living room in a city apartment where the family lives constantly or a living room in a country house, which the family uses only in summer – require different approaches in the evaluation of a successful choice of furniture);
- how members of the household usually spend time in the common room – watching TV or talking with family, reading alone or together playing board games (not just the amount and placement of furniture will depend on it, but also the choice of models);
- whether the upholstered furniture of the living room will be used as a sleeping place continuously during overnight stays of guests or the house has a separate guest room, and the furnishings will be used exclusively for sitting (choice of material and frame structure, sliding mechanisms will depend on it);
- whether there are small children and pets in the house (in this case, special attention will be paid to the choice of material and the possibility of care for upholstery surfaces);
- whether the living room is separated or connected with other functional segments of the home (dining room, kitchen, study or library);
- room dimensions, number of windows and doorways, fireplace and other structures influencing arrangement of furniture and the amount of free space;
- stylistic, color and texture decisions taken during the living room design.
Selection of upholstered furniture is a nice finishing touch in the complex of repairs and design of the room. But this process is both interesting and responsible. The range of upholstered furniture today is able to confuse even the homeowners who quite clearly imagine the appearance and characteristics of the future purchase, let alone the buyers, who are going to make a choice on the principle of “like – not like”. Before you go shopping, get inspired with the design ideas and useful observations, presented in an extensive photo collection of variations of upholstered furniture for a drawing room or hall.
Upholstered furniture as a way of zoning premises
If your living room combines several functional segments in one spacious room, it would be logical to assume that the living room area will be highlighted mainly by the furniture. Until recently, our people could not anticipate another option for the arrangement of the main object of the living room upholstered furniture – a sofa, anywhere else except beside one of the walls. While in foreign design projects, installation of a sofa against the wall is mostly found in the rooms, which could not boast of large quadrature. In such areas, the arrangement of the furniture is intended to save the as much usable space as possible. But when it comes to a large room, which in addition to the living room, includes a kitchen and dining room, in this case, the furniture acts as a zoning element outlining the conditional recreation area borders.
A great opportunity for identifying borders of the living room within the multifunctional area and providing a large number of comfortable seating areas is the installation of a corner sofa in the room with open layout.
Sometimes such areas as study or library are located within the living room. It happens that the common room accommodates a creative workshop of a family member. In this case, the upholstered furniture also performs several functions, one of which is the designation of invisible borders of the recreation area.
Colour solutions in the selection of upholstered furniture – a difficult dilemma
Colors for the upholstered furniture is carried out depending on the stylistic direction, and the selected color scheme of the living room. But every homeowner decides for themselves – whether they want to highlight the recreation area by installing light or contrasting furnishings or choose a neutral color scheme, corresponding to the general interior mood
Furniture upholstered in different shades of gray will be relevant for a long time and will harmoniously fit in almost any interior. You will not need to buy new furniture or change the upholstery, if you decide to change the style and the image of the living room, by changing finish and decoration. No wonder gray color is the most neutral of all colors in the palette.
Different shades of beige have almost the same universal properties in terms of combinatorics with the color palette of finishes and room decorations. Light beige is harmoniously integrated into many stylistic directions when you decorate a living room.
Snow white furniture – a pure image of the recreation area
White color will always be in the list of favorites among homeowners and designers, whatever color scheme they would want to use – from finishing to furnishing and decor. Snow white furniture does seem more of its size not only visually, but also creates a certainly elevated holiday mood. In addition, a fair-furnished room looks light, clean and even airy.
To create a true white image you can use white shades for finishing the room, but also a similar palette for soft furniture. In this way the living room furniture seems to dissolve, becoming an integral part of a snowy idyll.
A bright accent in the living room – a bold decision when choosing furniture
In the living room, decorated in light colors, colorful furniture will look not just an accent, it will become a focal center around which the whole concept of design will be built. Colorful upholstery tone or even a variegated pattern in a single item of upholstered furniture brings festive mood in the interior, increasing its degree and originality of design.
Sometimes one item of upholstered furniture with a truly colorful color of the upholstery is enough so that even a room with the most neutral upholstery looked in a completely new way. Against the backdrop of snow-white decorations, a bright living room sofa in the English style looks luxurious, not just becoming a focal center of the room, but the main highlight of the interior.
A spacious living room with a light finish has not enough bright contrasts. Soft furnishings can become such accentual spots on the background of a neutral color scheme. For a more harmonious environment, repeating the colorful shades of furniture upholstery in the living room decorations or accessories will not be superfluous.
Selection of upholstery for modern upholstered furniture
The range of upholstery choices which is used by manufacturers of upholstered furniture is really wide. But of these many options, we can identify the most popular ones:
- textiles – jacquard, suede, split leather, flock, tapestry, linen with an admixture of synthetic fibers;
- natural leather;
- synthetic analogs of leather coverings;
- furniture fur with different length of pile
Leather upholstery gives the furniture a special glamor, bringing a bit of brutality to the interior of a room. This leather upholstery is incredibly practical – it is easy to care for and will last for many years with extensive use. But it is obvious that this kind of upholstery will be costly.
Artificial leather upholstery analogs cost several times cheaper than the natural materials but may look quite respectable. Your furniture upholstered with an artificial material can look identical to expensive models, provided that the quality of the raw material and the type of stitching will be at a high level. But it is important to remember that artificial analogs have poor air permeability, to put it simply – they are almost “not breathing”, sitting on such surfaces is uncomfortable in hot weather. And the life of synthetic leather analogs is definitely shorter than that of the natural material.
Velour padding with different length of pile adds softness and a sense of warmth and comfort not only to the piece of furniture but also to the whole atmosphere of the room. Such padding can be harmoniously integrated into the interior of different stylistic directions, it all depends on the design of furniture and color solution of the model.
Spacious living rooms with an abundance of natural light and snow-white finishes of almost all surfaces frequently create a cool atmosphere with a lack of warmth in the atmosphere. Adding comfort is possible not only by a fire in the fireplace (if available), but also by a carpet with a long nap, or furniture upholstered with cropped faux fur. You will definitely not be cold on such a comfortable, roomy and warm couch. This upholstery is easy to care for – vacuuming the surface once a week with a special vacuum cleaner nozzle is enough.
Sofa in the living room – a central item of furniture
The fact that the sofa has a special place in the interior of almost every living room, is hard to argue with. Often it is the only item of upholstered furniture in the recreation area of a family room. Typically, in such cases, homeowners opt for models of corner modifications. These furniture items are roomy, and very often are able to fold into beds, and their internal spaces can serve as storage for bedding and additional covers.
It is often possible to see modular sofa designs, including corner modifications. With the help of individual blocks, a spacious seating area for guests can be transformed into a bed, but it is also easy to freshen the living room environment by moving soft and practical modules.
Sofa becomes a focal center of the living room, even with the most neutral upholstery if the color is no longer repeated in the decoration and furnishing of the room. Against the background of bright dark decorations, the sofa looks very impressive, contrasting. A similar situation exists with the so-called color temperature – if the sofa is presented in a palette of cool tones, and the room decoration is warm, then the image will turn out interesting, rich and unique.
Arrangement of upholstered furniture in a modern living room
Depending on how your family is used to spend time in the living room, two kinds of recreation area layout can be distinguished. In the closed scheme, the upholstered furniture is located around a certain island – a large coffee table or pouf, which can serve as a place to sit and a stand. As a result of this furniture arrangement in a recreation area, all sitting persons will be comfortable to talk, play games or arrange small tea parties in the living room.
When arranging the upholstered furniture around the island you can use a central element, that could be is an item of soft furnishing itself. A table ottoman with a soft upholstery can serve as a stand and perform the function of a seat if the room is full of guests at a party or reception.
In the open scheme of arrangement, upholstered furniture is most often is located along the walls, usually in front of the video area. If the living room is most often used as a home cinema or the room is simply not large enough, the open scheme would be the best option, and sometimes the only possible.
Selection of upholstered furniture for different styles of living room interior
Of course, stylistic decisions made by you or your designer for the decoration of the living room, leave a mark on the furniture variations, which will be used for the soft zone of the room. Harmonious integration of the furniture in the existing design of the room leads to the creation of an attractive appearance and ergonomic image of the living room from the operational point of view. There is a considerable number of upholstered furniture models that will be relevant in different stylistic directions chosen for the decoration of the common room. Strict forms, minimum decorations, neutral color palette are the key to success for homeowners who do not wish to take risks or have defined the role of accents for other interior items.
But there are many limitations in the choice of upholstered furniture when decorating the living room in different stylistic directions. For example, a simple sofa in the minimalist style would look out of place in a classic interior, while an intricately decorated soft furniture item with curved baroque legs and carved details will cause resonance in the common room, decorated in the rustic country style.
Minimalist living room furnishing suggests strict and concise upholstered furniture. When choosing furniture for the recreation area in such premises, convenience and comfort are at the forefront, leaving behind even a light hint of decoration. Simple, even inconspicuous colors are perfect for a light palette of the living room, made in the style of a modern minimalist interpretation.
The contemporary style suggests a small amount of furniture with an original choice of models. It can be a modern designer chair in an ensemble with a refurbished sofa, produced in the last century. Unusual models with an original approach to the design and choice of materials, colors and textures of the upholstery, but inevitably functional, convenient in operation and care.
For the loft style, designers often advise using furniture with leather upholstery (leather or imitation is not so important, it all depends on your financial capabilities). The slightly brutal appearance of the furniture upholstered in leather fits most harmoniously in an industrial environment.
For a classic interior, not only luxurious furnishings with baroque elements – curved legs and abundant décor – may be used. Traditional sofas and armchairs with a simple and austere forms will look harmoniously in a modern living room, creating a neoclassical image.
Everything is simple and concise in the Scandinavian style, and upholstered furniture is no exception. Strict forms, neutral colors of the upholstery – everything is subject to the maximum convenience and comfort, decor pales into insignificance. Very rarely upholstered furniture appears as a bright accent, small interior elements – sofa cushions, a small rug, lighting or additional miniature furniture like support pedestal – are more suitable for this.
A living room without sofa – is it possible?
It is not just possible, but also unique, interesting, but at the same time practical. If your living room does not need an additional bed, if you would like to have more space and not to clutter up the small room with ponderous furniture, if you prefer roomy armchairs or light couches, ottomans, then you can do without the traditional item of upholstered furniture – the sofa.
If the living room can not boast of its spaciousness, you can try to use a small sofa, settee or couch of modest size instead of the traditional sofa. Compact pieces of furniture give lightness to the interior. But at the same time, they will provide members of the households with seating places. Of course, this option is only suitable for those who are not planning to use the living room as a room for sleep, even in extreme cases.