Large open living rooms are a home buyer’s dream. Open floor plans help bring in natural light while its ample space makes it ideal for entertaining. Designing for a large open space, however, can be a bit tricky.
What type of pieces will you furnish it with? In what ways would you like this large living room to function? Seating and entertainment are usually the two main functions of most family’s living rooms.
Whether you plan on hosting movie nights, bunco night or Sunday football, there are a few essential items that will help fill up your large living room while adding functionality and comfort.
Large Living Room Sets
A great entertainment space needs great seating, and plenty of it! Your sofa should provide enough seating for you, your household and your intended guests. Three-piece sets typically include a sofa, loveseat and chair while four-piece sets may also feature a coffee table or an additional chair. This will provide seating for at least 6 people while also giving guests extra space to lounge. When it comes to styling your room, they also provide a little more flexibility with placement and can be grouped in a variety of ways.
Another alternative for seating is a sectional sofa. Sectionals can serve as a focal point for your room, as they cannot be split and divided like a living room set. With so many options, you can choose a home theater-inspired sectional with recliners on both ends or go for a more understated look with cozy textures and interesting silhouettes. Plus, these big sofas can seat 6-8 people comfortably.
Chairs & Accent Chairs
If seating for 6-8 people is not enough, consider adding extra chairs or accent chairs. You could always buy an extra chair that matches your living room set or go bold and select an accent chair that stands out. Accent chairs bring color and personality to your large living room space. They can also be used to create separate seating areas within your space, creating little nooks for side conversations.
Coffee Tables & Ottomans
Surface area is an essential for day-to-day use as well as entertaining. You and your guests will certainly need a place to set down your bags, drinks and food. Consider adding a large coffee table or, if you want some more versatility, nesting tables allow you to split up the tables for extra counter space. Meanwhile, upholstered options like an ottoman serve the same purpose while softening the look of the room.
Functional and stylish, side tables can help fill small “empty” spaces within your living room. Oftentimes when decorating or furnishing a room, there will be pockets of empty space. Simply adding a side table with a few accessories or house plants can transform the area effortlessly. If you’re building a space meant for entertaining, a side table will provide extra surface space for guests without completely altering the configuration of the room.
An entertainment wall not only houses your TV, sound system and game consoles but also doubles as an accent or statement wall in your living room. Large entertainment centers also help ground your space while providing ample storage for home décor, game day essentials and so much more. Check out these tips for designing your living room entertainment wall.
With a large living room space, you may consider adding in a home bar. Adding a home bar to the family room makes entertaining much easier; less traveling to and from the kitchen. You can also stock home bars with any kind of drinks you prefer: sodas, sparkling waters, and other refreshing favorites. Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas on creating your own home bar.