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20 Best Living Room Ideas

20 Best Living Room Ideas For Home Furniture & Accessories

The living room is one of most important places in your home to entertain friends or relax after a long day. As a result, it deserves special care and attention to create a fabulous space for everyday life. From relaxing with the latest box-set, to games night with all your favourite people, the living room takes centre stage. In addition, often living spaces will need to work hard to provide a place for everything from work to play. Therefore, we’ve put together an edit of 20 ideas for home furniture and accessories that will add instant wow factor. With each idea focusing on a key design feature, introducing just a few of these tips will help transform your home with ease…

1. Stylish Sofa Ideas

Left Image: Extraordinary Interiors In Colour by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George, Published by Ryland, Peters & Small, Photography by Catherine Gratwicke. Centre Image: Forest Green Velvet 2 Seater Sofa: £1795.00. Right Image: Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George, Published by Ryland, Peters & Small, Photography by Debi Treloar.

Above all, no stylish living room is complete without a sofa. So, choosing a stand-out sofa is a great place to start when thinking about ideas for home furniture! Moreover, sofas are a wonderful way to introduce colour and create a more playful look. For example, gorgeous greens add a calm and natural colour statement that helps you to relax in style. On the other hand, opt for a bright pop of pink for fabulously fun living room scheme!

2. Cabinet of Curiosities

lifestyle images of cabinet of curiosity style shelving
Left Image: The home of Jane Rockett as featured in Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George, Published by Ryland, Peters & Small, Photography by Debi Treloar. Right Image: Antiqued Wooden Wall Display Cabinet With Sliding Door: £165.00.

Our next tip involves adding personality with a carefully curated cabinet of curiosity. Firstly, a beautiful cabinet provides the perfect combination of style and storage. Therefore, making it an essential home furniture idea for any living room! However, a cabinet of curiosity also allows you to get creative with styling and showcase treasured photos, ornaments and memories. This can be achieved using a shelving unit, bookcase or shelves for your eclectic display. For inspiration, look no further than our fabulous Co-founder Jane’s cabinet of curiosities. Filled with glassware, shells and other treasured trinkets, this cabinet adds a unique style statement to Jane’s living space. For more tips on creating your own curiosity cabinet, check out our blog post here.

3. Coffee Table Home Furniture Ideas

lifestyle images of coffee table ideas for home furniture

Products Featured: Multi-Tray Marble & Mango Wood Coffee Table: £495.00

In the same vein as sofas, coffee tables are another essential piece of furniture for your living room. Most importantly, a coffee table is a great way to grab attention and create the idea of zones in your space. In addition, it’s a handy design feature for storage and display. As a result, we love designs with multiple tiers that allow you to store beautiful books and showcase your favourite pieces. A few of our essentials include plants, quirky ornaments and sumptuous scented candles!

4. Freestanding Storage Ideas For Home Furniture

lifestyle images of storage units and shelving in the living room

Products Featured: Industrial Style Mango Wood TV Cabinet: £475.00. Black Wooden Glass Display Cabinet: £320.00. Metal & Wood Industrial Style Shelf Storage On Castors: £245.00

The key to any successful interior design setting is a piece of stunning storage or shelving unit. And whilst minimal living is an incredible concept, it doesn’t always work in busy family homes. Therefore, investing in stylish storage helps to achieve that sought-after minimal look, whilst also providing a place for your essentials. Moreover, with so many options available, it couldn’t be easier to find the right storage solution for your space. For instance, a TV cabinet keeps all your tech tidied away and solves the problem of displaying your TV in style. Equally, shelving units and cabinets help keep your home organised and provide extra opportunity for the perfect shelfie…

5. Statement Chandelier

lifestyle images of statement chandeliers in the living room

Image Credits:Paul Raeside via Livingetc, Industrial 10-Lamp Suspended Chandelier: £895.00.

As the ultimate focal point, a beautiful chandelier adds instant luxury to your living room. In particular gorgeous glass designs and vintage styles look amazing in period properties. However, there are also lots of modern options that suit any space imaginable. So, don’t be afraid to opt for an industrial design for a quirky take on the classic chandelier! Most importantly, don’t forget to pair your chandelier with a beautiful wall mirror. The trick of the reflection helps create the illusion of two chandeliers instead of one, for a truly luxe look!

6. Desk Ideas For Home Furniture

Image credit: The home of Lucy St George as featured in Extraordinary Interiors In Colour by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George, Published by Ryland, Peters & Small, Photography by Catherine Gratwicke.

Often the living room is one of the larger spaces in your home. Therefore, it’s a great place to position your home office, especially if you don’t have a spare room free! In addition, desks can be moved around the space and provide versatile ideas for home furniture solutions. As a top tip from us, we recommend opting for a round desk in your living space. Above all, this helps create the feeling of extra space but also looks fantastic at every angle!

7. Stand-out Side Tables

lifestyle images of side table ideas for home furniture

Left Image: Slate Grey Marble & Brass Honeycomb Coffee Table: £495.00. Centre Image: Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George, Published by Ryland, Peters & Small, Photography by Debi Treloar. Right Image: Mirrored Cube Side Table: £225.00.


Another of our favourite ideas for home furniture has to be the use of stylish side tables. In short, these tables can be used just about anywhere, from your bedroom to the bathroom. However, they work particularly well in the living room when positioned next to a sofa or armchair. Firstly, side tables provide the ideal spot for your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine. Moreover, they are brilliant for styling candles, side lights or plants to provide the finishing touch to your scheme.

8. Armchair Furniture Ideas

Left Image: Extraordinary Interiors In Colour by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George, Published by Ryland, Peters & Small, Photography by Catherine Gratwicke. Right Image: Woven Butterfly Frame Armchair: £415.00.

As previously mentioned, sofas provide the ultimate spot for relaxation in your living room. Similarly, an armchair is a wonderful addition for taking time some time out for yourself. So, don’t neglect this key piece of furniture when planning your dream sitting room! Whether styled by the window or in a cosy corner, there’s nothing quite like curling up in an armchair. After that, the only other thing you need to complete your space is a good book and a great glass of wine!

9. Marvellous Mirrors

image of a living room with a statement circular mirror
Image credit: Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George, Published by Ryland, Peters & Small, Photography by Debi Treloar.

Mirrors are a magical design feature in any scheme. Above all, these clever focal points help to reflect light back into the room. As a result, mirrors achieve the illusion of extra light and space to create a bright and beautiful living room. Perfect for smaller rooms or north-facing spaces, every sitting room will benefit from a marvellous mirror on the wall!

10. Shelving Ideas For Home Furniture

lifestyle images of shelving ideas for home furniture

Left Image: Three-Tier Grey Display Side Table: £130.00. Paul Raeside via Livingetc. Double Decker Tray Unit Made from Recycled Wood: £64.00.

In the same vein as a gorgeous cabinet of curiosities, shelves are the ultimate tool to add individuality to the living room. And as an added bonus, there are so many different ways to play around with shelves and styling using a shelving unit or other clever storage solutions. For example, floor standing shelving units and tables are great for displaying plenty of lush greenery. On the other hand, you really can’t beat a tall shelving unit with displays of your favourite pieces... Extra points go out to anyone that embraces statement floor-to-ceiling shelving in their living room!

11. Faux Plants

image of faux pampas grass and a faux palm tree
Left Image: Faux Pampas Grass Stem Pink: £9.50. Right Image: Giant Faux Palm Tree: £185.00.

There are many benefits to embracing plants in your sitting room. Firstly, plants are proven to reduce stress and lift your mood. In addition, the presence of plants adds a natural element that brings the outside in. However, if you’re anything like us then you’ll know that keeping plants alive is easier said than done. Therefore, for any fellow accidental plant killers out there, we recommend opting for artificial designs. These alternatives achieve the same look and feel, but without any of the maintenance!

12. Cocktail Corner

lifestyle image of drinks cabinet ideas for home furniture in the living room

Mango Wood & Marble Dark Oval Cabinet: £1700.00

The living room is one of the most important spaces in your home for entertaining. As a result, we love ideas for home furniture that help create a home bar or quirky cocktail corner in the living room! Moreover, it couldn’t be easier to design your dream bar at home. For instance, you could always style your favourite bottles of booze on a shelf for a stylish cocktail station. Alternatively, if your house often plays host to parties, then a drinks cabinet or trolley will work wonders. Simply fill with the tipple of your choice and layer with rows of gorgeous glassware to complete the look!

13. Nest Table Home Furniture Ideas

lifestyle images of nest table ideas for home furniture

Left Image: Set of 2 Black Nest Tables: £315.00. Centre Image: Art Deco Mid-Century Modern Coffee Tables: £320.00. Right Image: Set of 2 Glass & Brass Nest Tables: £315.00.

Nest tables are another handy and versatile home furniture idea that provides extra storage. In addition, these smaller pieces of furniture can be moved around your home as required. However, our favourite spot for this fabulous furniture has to be next to your sofa or chairs. When styled as a coffee table, nest tables are ideal for adding height and extra interest to your space. So, play on this concept and introduce vases of gorgeous flowers to stand tall on the tabletop!

14. Feature Furniture Ideas

lifestyle images of a beautiful feather tree display feature in the living room

Left Image: Fabulously Fantastic Pink Ostrich Feather Tree: £4,500.00. Right Image: Rowland Roques-O’Neil via Livingetc.

Above all, the living room is the perfect place to showcase your sense of style. Therefore, anything that adds drama is a winner. With this in mind, we’re taking inspiration from Livingetc with a fabulous fathered focal point. Designed in a beautiful pink and gold colour palette, the Ostrich Feather Tree introduces a new level of opulence. Beautiful, bold and oh-so dramatic, adding feathers and tassels to your living room ensures a luxury look that will impress everyone!

15. Amazing Artwork

lifestyle image of a gallery wall of artwork

Products Featured: Twerk It Art Print: £45.00, Darling Art Print: £45.00, Too Magical Art Print: £45.00

Once your ideas for home furniture are sorted, it’s time to turn your attention to the walls. And nothing creates a statement quite like a gallery wall! Firstly, curating all your artwork together is a wonderful way to celebrate the pieces that you love. In addition, gallery walls add pattern, personality and colour to your living space. Therefore, whether your walls are painted in neutral tones or a dark palette, a gallery wall is guaranteed to introduce impact!

16. Mood Lighting

Left Image: Wonder Wicker Floor Lamp: £375.00. Centre Image: Extraordinary Interiors In Colour by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George, Published by Ryland, Peters & Small, Photography by Catherine Gratwicke. Right Image: Antique Brass Kiwi Bird Table Lamp: £95.00.

Lighting is another feature that should be approached with careful consideration in your living spaces. Whilst a central light is undeniably beautiful, it’s the side lights that help transform the look and feel of the room. For instance, focusing on pools of light creates a soft and cosy ambience that is essential for relaxation. So, when planning the lighting in your sitting room, embrace everything from floor lamps to table light and candlelight. This helps ensure a subtle glow of light that will fill your room with luxurious warmth and style.

17. Wonderful Wallpaper

lifestyle images of wallpaper in the living room

Left Image: Paul Raeside via Livingetc. Right Image: Mind The Gap World of Antiquity Wallpaper: £175.00.

Next, we couldn’t talk about ideas for the home without mentioning wallpaper. As the ultimate feature for colour and pattern, wallpaper has a transformative effect. In addition, it’s a fabulous way to bring your walls to life and brighten a space. Natural floral patterns or beautiful displays of tropical birds introduce the beauty of nature to your décor scheme. These patterns are chic and calming, as well as colourful. On the other hand, we love ornate patterns for an extra dose of grandeur. In this case, the darker and more dramatic, the better!

18. Sideboard Home Furniture Storage Ideas

lifestyle image of sideboard ideas for home furniture

Image credit: Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George, Published by Ryland, Peters & Small, Photography by Debi Treloar.

In addition to shelves and side tables, a statement sideboard celebrates home furniture ideas that combine style and storage. Designed with handy drawers and cupboards inside, sideboards provide the perfect place for all living room essentials. Therefore, helping to create a more organised and ordered living room space! However, this isn’t the only benefit. The top of your sideboard also happens to be the ideal spot for displaying treasured ornaments and accessories. From glass domes to side lights, plants and vases, the styling possibilities with your sideboard are endless!

19. Playful Planters

lifestyle images of plants and planters in the living room

Left Image: Iron Planter With Stand: £75.00. Centre Image: Brushed Gold Reflective Half Place Planter: £. Right Image: Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George, Published by Ryland, Peters & Small, Photography by Debi Treloar.

In the same vein as smaller styling pieces, planters are wonderful for adding depth and decoration to your living room. In fact, we truly believe no living space is complete without a hint of gorgeous greenery. Therefore, it’s important to choose a bold or playful planter that stands out in your scheme. Darker designs like our Iron Planter are great for creating a contrast and making the green tones of your plants pop. Moreover, we love quirky designs with faces and any planters that embrace unique pattern or texture!

20. Cosy Rug Ideas

Left Image: Hackney Diamond Kelim Rug: from £169.00. Right Image: Large Hand-Tufted Wool White Tiger Rug: £200.00.

Finally, cosy rugs are the perfect partner to your hero home furniture ideas. Firstly, this statement accessory allows you to add character whether you’re renting or own your home. Rugs are also a great way to create different zones in your living space. This is especially important in open plan spaces and any living room that also plays host to the home office. As a clever idea for introducing inviting pattern and warmth, we always recommend going for a gorgeous rug in any living space, large or small!

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