Here are some stylish and practical ways to enhance one of the most important rooms in your home.
A tufted storage ottoman like this one can do double duty as seating and organizer. The spacious storage compartment is perfect for keeping extra books and throw blankets out of sight, while the turned legs add decorative flair. Added bonus: Casters make it easy to move around.
Castered Tufted Storage Ottoman, starting at $399, from Ballard Designs
For a space-saving and chic alternative to a hefty coffee table, consider clean-lined nesting tables. They can be grouped together in the middle of a sitting area or used as separate surfaces for holding drinks and other items. The mango-wood tops for this set also provide beautiful wood texture.
Box Frame Nesting Tables, $249, from West Elm
This tripod stool can easily be used as extra seating in the living room or as an end table next to an armchair or sofa. The industrial-style welded metal base caught our eye in particular, and we also like that it has a swivel seat.
Contact Stool, $129, from cb2
Anchor your sitting area with a bold chevron rug. Neutral-colored furnishings, such as a gray sofa or a white armchair, will immediately stand out against the zigzag pattern of the rug. We especially like the eye-catching Kelly green on this one.
Zig Zag Kelly Green Rug, $715, from Dwell Studio
A round mirror with an attractive antiqued frame will command the eye. Hang one above the sofa or fireplace mantel to help reflect light and make your room appear larger. We like the bolt detailing around this mirror, which has a nautical-style look.
Antiqued Rivet Mirror, $595, from Restoration Hardware
Inject a dose of glamour into your living room with this lead crystal table lamp. The clear base makes it a versatile piece that can go with different furniture styles, and the rectangular shape gives it an extra bold look.
Madison Crystal Table Lamp, $349, from Room & Board
Lacquer trays are immensely useful and effortlessly stylish. Random objects such as candles, vases, and bowls will instantly look organized in a tray, and shiny lacquer lends natural elegance. We also like that this hexagon tray has cutout handles, making it easy to transport from, say, a side table to an ottoman.
Lacquer Hexagon Tray, $175, from Jonathan Adler
Bring the outdoors in with this domed terrarium. Not only are terrariums low-maintenance, the round shape of this one also makes for a sculptural accessory for the living room. For starters, try filling it with a few mini cacti, which are attractive and easy to manage.
Domed Terrarium, $48, from Terrain
Throw blankets make for perfect living room accents during those unexpectedly chilly evenings. We like this all-season cotton throw, which is as pretty neatly folded on a sofa as it is draped over an armchair.
Coastal Knit Throw, $128, from Garnet Hill
Last but not least, the easiest way to freshen up the look in your living room is to add colorful, patterned pillows. Designs like this hand-block medallion print can lend a globally inspired touch.
Blue Medallion Decorative Pillow, $115, from John Robshaw Textiles