All good living room furniture ideas revolve around deciding on the kind of furniture, whether to have rugs or not and whether to make it themed or reflective of personal taste. Living room furniture ideas must perfectly balance practicality, affordability and aesthetics.
Popular themes for living room furniture include period themes, coastal, jungle, country specific, urban and color specific. Beautiful living rooms can also be created by artistically combining random styles and colors to create a bohemian and very personal effect. If there is a separate family room, the living room can be more formal and structured in design. If, however, it combines a family den area with a place for entertaining guests, try to achieve the best balance between formal and informal. This includes decisions such as whether to include a television and other entertainment gadgets, expensive rugs, and casual or formal styles of furniture in the room.
Formal furniture includes heavy sofas, chairs and tables made of solid woods such as teak, rosewood and mahogany. It also involves the use of expensive and hard-to-maintain fabrics such as silk, velvet and pure leather. An informal or semiformal living room allows for the use of furniture made of wicker, fabric or faux leather and lighter woods. Bean bags, stools, floor cushions and lounge sofas can be interspersed with a few formal pieces.