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The Perfect Dining Table

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Living Room Furniture

Surfing the net, snuggling up with loved ones, chilling on a Saturday night with a takeaway or indulging in an afternoon curled up with a good book… contemporary living means a sofa has become much more than somewhere to rest your legs of an evening, so choosing the right sofa is usually the first thing that springs to mind when buying living room furniture. Equally important are the practicalities of modern living, like finding a space for your TV or music system and finding the right storage solutions to allow maximum storage space and accessibility for books, DVD’s and CD’s is a must. You can add personality and warmth to your living room by adding soft furnishings such as rugs and throws or artwork. The right lighting can also add a cosy ambience to your living room space. Accessories are also important to give somewhere to store magazines, or logs for the fire for instance, and shelves can be useful to display your favourite things. In the past homes typically had a separate lounge and dining room but current living styles lean more towards large open plan spaces so the need for less formal furniture arrangements is apparent. Where living space and dining room combine there is a need for furniture that is equally at home in both living and dining room.

It is important to choose furniture that is the right size for your room so check measurements carefully before buying. Side tables and coffee tables are also important features of any contemporary living room and can be both useful and stylish. If you are very limited on space or only need a dining table occasionally some clever designs allow a coffee table to turn into a dining table instantly thus making best use of space by creative design. In the past wood has featured heavily in living room design and whilst wood is still a popular choice modern living room furniture tends to incorporate wood finishes such as walnut or wenge veneers with glass or glossy lacquered finishes and satin finished steel or chrome detailing to create a more contemporary feel. Items can be mixed and matched to suit your taste and to create your perfect living room space.