In partnership with American Signature Furniture™
The living room is the darling of interior design. It’s the most central part of the home where we relax, unwind, and enjoy our downtime, both alone and with friends. But despite how much, well, living we do in the living room, it’s also the space that tends to have the most design problems. From lack of space to an uninspiring layout, it’s easy to fall into a living room rut. If you’re in one, we can help you get out of it.
Here, we’ll look at three common conundrums when it comes to living room design and show you how to overcome them. For easy solutions, we turned to American Signature Furniture™ and their extensive Designer Looks collections of sofas, sectionals, tables, and storage solutions.
Problem #1: Not Enough Seating
While your living room seating situation may be perfectly fine for you and your family, when it’s time to entertain, lots of us realize there’s just not enough seating. The key to solving this problem is versatility, and sectionals are by far the most versatile sofa option. They can be configured in many different ways, giving you flexibility when guests come over or when you’re moving to a new space. Sectionals with an ottoman that doubles as a chaise are even more efficient. You can keep the ottoman tucked up against the rest of the sofa for lounging at home alone, then pull it out to create additional seating spots when you have guests over.
Modern sectionals also bring comfort to a whole new level. If you’re set on having a recliner or lounge chair in your living room, the Revel 3-piece Reclining Sectional is a perfect solution. It combines the comfort of a recliner with the efficiency and style of a sectional, plus includes that handy ottoman for when guests come over.
Problem #2: A Boring Setup
When it comes to living rooms, many people focus on the big picture. Choosing a sofa style, deciding on a wall color, and picking window treatments generally set the style stage, but little details can also go a long way. The key to creating a stylish setting is bringing in lots of focal points with little details. They can complement the overall decor (like choosing accent pillows that match your window treatments) or contrast with it (like bringing in an accent chair that adds a pop of color). Either way, the point is: These details make a statement.
You can take this technique one step further by bringing in little design accents on your big-ticket items, such as your sofa. The Roxie Sofa is a great example; glam details such as the nailhead trim bring in a touch of personality without being too overwhelming and can help set the stage for design details in the rest of the room.
Since your sofa is likely one of your biggest investment pieces, chances are you’re not swapping it out year after year as design trends come and go. So, it’s best to keep trendy items in your living room relegated to pieces that can be easily swapped out, like accent pillows and throws. Choosing a sofa that’s timeless and will complement any of your design whims over the years is key. The Ethan Sectional is a great example. Its streamlined silhouette is neutral enough to work with any decor, and it comes in over 30 colors.
You’ll also want to invest in a sofa that will last for the long haul, so check construction details including the type of wood used and what type of support the cushions have. The Ethan Sectional, for example, is made with a hardwood frame that’s built to last and upholstery springs that prevent the cushions from sagging over time.