How do I Choose the Best Modern Living Room Furniture?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

Choosing the best modern living room furniture means choosing pieces that fit the aesthetic, color palette, and size of the living room while also fitting into the household budget. There are a number of types of modern living room furniture styles. For example, "mid-century modern" refers to furniture that is in the style of furniture that was constructed in the middle of the 20th century, such as the 1950s and 1960s. This term is sometimes used to describe newly constructed furniture that fits into this style as well as furniture that was actually constructed during the mid-century era. There are other kinds of modern furniture such as modern furniture designed with angular lines and modern furniture that is meant for micro-living, which means living in small spaces, which is becoming more and more common in large cities.

Once the style of a living room has been chosen, a color palette should be selected.
Once the style of a living room has been chosen, a color palette should be selected.

Once the exact style of modern living room furniture has been chosen, it is time to consider palette and patterns. One of the best ways to make sure that the right colors and patterns are chosen is to shop with swatches and paint chips to be used as points of reference. It is equally as important to shop with measurements. Before purchasing a couch, measure the space in the living room where the couch will be situated and make sure to purchase a couch that will fit there. Do this for all pieces of furniture that will be purchased for the modern living room and remember to also consider the placement of electronics such as televisions and stereos and lighting such as floor laps.

Decorated lampshades complement modern living room furniture.
Decorated lampshades complement modern living room furniture.

Finally, it is important to consider budget. For those in the fortunate situation of having lots of money to spend on their modern living room furniture, it may be possible to purchase some incredibly beautiful high-end pieces or to even have pieces of modern living room furniture custom made. For those who need to be more budget conscious, it may make sense to find a few retailers who sell modern living room furniture at the right price. In some cases, these retailers will often sell entire sets of modern living room furniture for a discounted price. This may not work for people who have a very specific vision of the pieces that they want to incorporate into their living room, but it may be a perfect option for people who are looking to outfit their living room without going over their budget.

Budget, aesthetics, and size are important things to consider when choosing new living room furniture.
Budget, aesthetics, and size are important things to consider when choosing new living room furniture.
Some furniture manufacturers specialize in working with materials that are earth-friendly and sustainably harvested.
Some furniture manufacturers specialize in working with materials that are earth-friendly and sustainably harvested.
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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