There should be a sense of comfort in the living room. It’s a place where you can relax after a long day, but you can also welcome your guests and have fun with friends, to name just a few things it’s used for. Although men’s living rooms leave much to be desired, not everyone values a stylish but practical interior. So we’ve put together 10 things a man’s living room should have.
An authentic, reliable sofa
A sofa is the most important piece of furniture in the living room, its heart, and soul. In fact, it is practically essential. And no, a futon bed is not even equivalent to a sofa. The sofa you invest in today is an investment in your home’s overall decor.
When you’re furnishing a man’s living room, it’s important to choose the right sofa based on a variety of factors. Men tend to be less sentimental than women, so the sofa you choose should be masculine and rugged looking, without being overly feminine. Most men also like to lounge on the couch and watch TV, so choose a sofa that has ample padding.
Without characterful cushions, a sofa will remain boring
You don’t necessarily have to think in terms of traditional chubby white cushions, spice up your living room’s ambiance with unique color combinations. A little playfulness can liven up even a drab, gray sofa.
Neutral furniture can fall victim to boredom. But adding cool cushions and throws can bring the character back into your sofa. Find interesting fabrics, shapes, and textures, and experiment with color and patterns.
An armchair to match the sofa
In order to maximize comfort, it is perfectly understandable that a sofa should be accompanied by at least one armchair that matches it.
One of the best ways to personalize your home is to add accessories that reflect your personal style. Adding a custom accent chair or armchair to your living room is a great way to do this. You can pick out a chair that coordinates with your other home furnishings, or that adds a pop of color to the room.
A rug to make the space cozy
A simple floor gives off a cold, rather than a cozy atmosphere. Make your living room more livable with a soft rug that will define the whole room. It can really add depth and character to any room and can define areas, separate spaces, and act as an anchor.
When deciding on a rug, consider the size of the room you are trying to cover and also the color scheme of the room.
A practical and attractive coffee table
The ideal storage space for everyday essentials and, of course, remote controls for fun electronics. A coffee table with a built-in shelf underneath is perfect for storing these things.
A practical and attractive coffee table for a man’s living room is a sure hit. Men’s coffee tables are usually small and streamlined, with wood surfaces, metal accents, and straight lines. They often have legs or feet that extend out and are often made of dark, masculine materials. This style isn’t limited to coffee tables, though, and can be applied to different pieces of furniture as well, giving your home a masculine persona.
Readings for the coffee table, always to hand
We’re not necessarily talking about serious novels and scientific encyclopedias, but magazines that you can read for relaxation while you’re relaxing on the sofa. Despite the stereotypical coffee table being reserved for books, magazines can be an excellent resource for decorating your home. Magazines hold some of the best decorating ideas and tips, and mixing them up with your coffee table books is a great way to make your home unique. So, next time you’re going from store to store looking for that perfect coffee table book, consider picking up a few of these magazines as well.
A floor lamp that fills the room with light
You probably have lighting in the room anyway, but a simple chandelier, for example, may not give you the ambience you want for an evening’s reading. So get a cozy floor lamp. Home design experts agree that lamps are one of the easiest ways to change the feel of a room. They can add warmth and coziness to a room, or a bold, dramatic statement. Whichever you prefer.
At least one houseplant to show you’re not just looking after yourself
A green plant in a man’s living room is not the norm. In fact, it’s a rarity. A larger houseplant not only looks good, but it’s also useful too. Visitors will see that you dare to take responsibility – if for nothing else, at least for a houseplant.
When it comes to keeping your home clean, houseplants are one of the best—and easiest—decorative elements to include. If you have the space, consider adding a houseplant to each room in your house. The right houseplant can help purify the air in your space, making it a healthier, happier place to live.
Don’t just stare at the TV
…but not the blank walls either! Make the most of the space, be sure to get a picture or two, a poster, or a piece of artwork that you like. You don’t have to think expensive, the main thing is to make them look good.
Men tend to have a harder time decorating their homes with wall art than women do. This is not necessarily because they like plain walls, but because they find it more difficult to choose art that fits their style. However, you don’t need a gallery wall to liven up your walls. Sometimes simple is better, and there’s nothing wrong with a framed photo. A photo captures something happening in time, and that’s an important part of any living room wall. For a little color and inspiration, look for a large canvas print featuring a simple landscape or portrait. These will fit any style, from rustic to traditional.
A bookshelf full of your favorite novels
The living room is a public space, so we need to make sure it’s presentable. As such, the living room is a room that deserves your attention to detail. And if you’re looking for ideas on what to put on your shelves, consider the things you love. If you love to read, then fill them with books. If you love to display trophies and awards, then find a shelf to do so. If you love sports, then proudly display the jerseys of your favorite team.
Don’t banish your books from the living room, because on boring winter evenings when you’re tired of watching TV and reading magazines, you can pick up a favorite read, or an exciting novel can be the perfect conversation starter when you’re with friends or on a date.