10 Things Every Adult Should Have in Their Living Room

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The living room is the heart of your home. This is especially true in an era when people are increasingly choosing to entertain themselves and others at home—rather than head out to expensive bars and restaurants every few days.

But, furnishing and decorating an adult living room for both cozy nights in and entertaining guests can be difficult; you want to keep it stylish while also making it comfortable. Fortunately, the suggestions below will optimize your living room for maximum style and comfort.

A nice sofa

Your futon may have been with you through thick and thin, but at a certain point, you have to let it go. Revamp your living room by replacing it with a stylish sofa built with a sturdy frame and quality fabric. As you’re shopping for it, keep in mind that the size and design will need to fit your space.

A coffee table

A beautiful couch alone will go a long way in upping your living room style. But, it will have a much greater influence if you couple it with a chic coffee table. Choose any design that you think will fit the overall tone, but make sure the height and size match the couch and the available space.

Decorative pillows

No adult living room should be without decorative pillows; they’re a great way to add a personal touch to the space and can tie together various design elements. To decorate like a pro, get a few different sets of pillows, and mix and match them depending on your mood or the occasion.

A bookshelf

Even though we’re all using our devices more often for reading, physical books are still a must for most adults. Design a welcoming living room and show your books the respect they deserve with a beautiful bookshelf—which also offers extra storage space for any decorative items you want to display.

An area rug

A trendy area rug is a must in any adult living room. Even if you have impeccable hardwood floors, an area rug can act as a centerpiece to your living room. For instance, a quirky pattern can add a bright spot to an otherwise minimalist design, whereas a pure, neutral color can tone down a colorful room.

A statement vase

Owning a statement vase doesn’t mean you need to buy fresh flowers every couple of days. But, it does mean you’ll have a versatile sculpture in your living room. Let it shine on its own by leaving it empty, or add a bit of quaintness to your space with dried plants and flowers.


An adult living room isn’t complete without houseplants. Plants make the space look brighter while also purifying the air, and with all of the varieties available, you’re sure to find a few you like. Get a striking planter to match, and you’re on your way to your very own home garden.

Wall art

If you don’t already have at least a couple of paintings or prints in your home, then it’s time to start decorating your walls. Family pictures are great, but a real adult household comes with at least a few pieces that will elevate your living room’s design and help you impress any potential guests with your taste.

An audio system

Once you’re on your own and can afford to spend a couple of extra bucks on your entertainment setup, start shopping for a quality audio system. You haven’t lived until you’ve enjoyed all of the intricate subtleties that come with a great movie score or an excellent music album.

A boardgame

Not everyone’s a fan of board games. However, at some point, you’ll get bored with the basic dinner party and movie night, or you’ll grow tired of playing charades with your friends. That’s why you should purchase at least one board game; it will give you something to do, and you’ll connect with your friends and loved ones in a new way.

If you’re looking for an apartment with the perfect living room for relaxing and entertaining, check out thousands of listings for apartments near you.

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Irina Lupa is a creative writer for several Yardi publications, where they cover real estate market trends and industry news. Their work has been cited in Forbes, Globe St. and CNBC, among others. Irina has an academic background in journalism and media theory. You can connect with Irina via email.

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