One thing that you need to keep in mind when shopping for living room furniture sets is that you purchase it based on the use it is intended for. In addition you need to know what type of look you are trying to establish in the living room.
Because some sets can be expensive you should have a set amount you can afford to pay before you go shopping. You also need to take in the amount of space you actually have for the furniture and any decor you may already have in the living room.
You should know just how durable your furniture needs to be. If you have a living room that is going to be frequented by children then the furniture needs to be very durable.
You also want to make sure that you choose material that will easily be cleaned in case of spills. If you can get it treated it will help repel some of the stains.
You want to make sure that the material is solid and a little on the heavy side and not made of particle board, which can break easily. The color of the furniture should be dark and not white or any other light color to help hide stains.
If your living room is going to be a more formal style or more for adults only the furniture can be made from finer materials like leather. They should also be dark colored with brown and black being very common. You can get chairs, sofas, and loveseats that are accented with woods that are stained a deep dark color.
On the solid wooden parts of the chairs and tables of the furniture could have ornate carvings. This will give you a living room that is formal and classy but expensive. The reason is because leather and solid wood, which can be pricy.
You can also get furniture for your living room that fit a certain theme. For example, for a country themed living room you would need to include bright colors like bright blues or white. The patterns that are commonly used with this theme would be crosshatch or plaid.
For the furniture you could use wicker or wood accents. If you are using a retro themed living room, you would want to use bright colors like oranges or yellows along with furniture that features unusual shapes or curves. The art deco furniture that is used in this type of theme would also utilize unusual accents and angles.
If you have a family room where everyone gathers and the living room is only for: “show” or special occasions you can use white color. Yes, white furniture seems to attract dirt but it is only to be used for special occasions it will not get that dingy or dirty. You can also show off showpieces and antiques because they have less of a risk of being broken or damaged.