Creating the Ideal Relaxed Living Space
After a long day, there’s nothing better than coming home, kicking off your shoes, and sinking into comfortable furniture designed for pure relaxation.
When looking for casual furniture pieces to create a laidback living area, durability, and easy maintenance should be just as big of a priority as comfort and style.
Luckily, today’s top furniture stores offer seemingly endless options of affordable, high-quality casual furniture collections that check all the right boxes.
Where to Begin
Start by assessing the room you plan to decorate and thinking about how you intend to utilize the space. Is it a large family room that needs just a couple of cozy sofa set?
Is a large basement destined to become the ultimate hangout spot? Or a covered patio crying out for weather-resistant seating and conversation pieces?
Consider your goals, then let your imagination run free in selecting pieces with inviting shapes, rich finishes, and plush upholstery.
Seating Steals the Show
Without question, your seating choices make the biggest impact when designing a casual living area. Corner lounges provide versatile seating for gathering with family or accommodating overnight guests.
Look for soft microfibers or smooth leathers paired with comfy loose backs and wide arm cushions. Customize further by selecting a lounge with reclining seats or even cup holders built right in.
Bring in the Accents
Once you have arranged your seating, enhance the space with furniture that promotes extended stays and joyful moments with family and friends.
Incorporate upholstered ottomans as they pull double duty – functioning as extra seats, footrests, and impromptu tables.
Handcrafted wooden trunks add rustic warmth while providing out-of-sight storage. Casters on tables, consoles, and carts allow you to reposition the furniture to accommodate each get-together easily.
Light Up the Room
Creating a relaxed ambiance in your casual living space doesn’t stop with the furniture. Lighting plays a pivotal role in setting the desired carefree, inviting mood suited for easy living. Warmer light bulbs exude a soft glow, perfect for relaxing evenings at home, while smart bulbs allow you to control lighting effects and colors to match any occasion.
Accent your furnishings with a small-space table and floor lamps featuring natural materials like rattan, abaca, and jute.
Their textural illumination complements any casual décor beautifully. Hang pendant lights over gathering areas.
Flameless candles of various heights placed throughout the space provide a finishing ambient touch. With the right lighting in your casual room, you’ll be tempted to dim the lights and linger long after the sun sets.
Incorporate throw pillows, poufs, and floor rugs to tie together your spaces with consistent colors and patterns.
Vivid hues and bold prints convey a carefree and inviting atmosphere. Natural fibers like jute and seagrass in layered rugs encourage kicking off shoes and curling up barefoot.
The Bottom Line
A casual furniture collection customized to your unique style promises years of laidback gatherings full of comfort and connection.
Keep priorities like low maintenance, durability, and easy cleaning at the top of your mind through the selection process.
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Then sit back in your new favorite sofa set, prop up your feet, and enjoy the warm retreat you’ve created.
Do you have any ideas on how to create a living space with casual furniture?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.