When choosing a style for your living room furniture set, you'll need to consider the sort of décor you already have in your home, and whether it gives off a certain aesthetic. It can be quite jarring to have a furniture set that looks like it belongs in a countryside cottage inside a room that's decorated in a contemporary style, so use the tips below to guide you.
Prefer minimalistic and neutral? => Modern
Modern-styled décor takes inspiration from the late 1800s modernist movement, hence the name.
Furniture and accessories in this style favor practicality over appearance, and so have a subdued color palette and simple structural designs.
A popular example of modern furniture is the Egg chair, which is comfortable without being overly extravagant.
Cotton and leather are the most popular upholstery materials for modern-styled furniture.
Want to make a bold statement? => Contemporary
This style borrows some of the minimalistic structural elements found in modern-style décor.
However, it puts a contemporary twist on simplicity by incorporating bright colors and bold patterns.
Contemporary décor is becoming increasingly popular amongst young adults, presumably because of their ability to really express their personal style through this type of furniture.
Upholstery materials can be practically anything - this style loves to break the rules!
Avoid buying a set in this style if the rest of your living room is already pretty colorful - it may make the room look too cluttered and confusing.
Obsessed with nature? => Rustic
The rustic style relies heavily on raw wooden features and dark leather.
It can create a simultaneously cozy and mysterious atmosphere within the home, especially if the rest of the living room is decorated in dark, warm colors.
My favor this style for the incredible durability of the furniture, as well as its relatively simple and unpretentious look.
To some, however, this style may quickly become boring as there is very little room for expressing your personal style through customization.
Also, as mentioned before, there are some ethical concerns surrounding real leather that may discourage some people from buying it, and faux leather doesn't always achieve the same effect as real leather.
Looking to create a cozy atmosphere? => Traditional
This style, which is also known as the classic style, is perfect for those wanting to create a comforting and welcoming home.
It combines warm, neutral colors with wooden accents to create furniture that will never look outdated.
It can be quite easy to blur the line between traditional and rustic styles, as rustic also has a warm color palette and natural accents.
The most common upholstery for traditional furniture is cotton, although leather has recently begun gaining popularity.
Love to live like a royal? => Luxury
There are two distinct types of luxury furniture: glam luxury and traditional luxury.
Glam luxury is usually more modern, with slightly simpler designs, cotton or taffeta upholstery, and brighter colors.
Traditional luxury is quite an extravagant style, combining velvet upholstery with unique structural designs and dark wood or painted gold accents.
Whichever luxury style you choose, you'll most likely find yourself spending quite a bit more money than you would on any other style.