Other than the bedroom, the living room gets the most use in your home. Whether you call it a living room or a family room, this is the area where the family comes together and memories are made.
There are two important factors to consider when shopping for furniture:
1) How do you plan on using this room?
Is the room for the family to relax in and watch TV or will you be entertaining as well? A family room can be more casual (sectionals, reclining furniture) where a living room tends to be more formal for conversation purposes (think stationary furniture and chairs).
In recent years reclining furniture has grown in the living room department. Newer designs are leading way to better tailoring with more upscale looks in both leather and fabric options. A reclining sofa allows you to get your feet up and read or watch TV after a long day but when closed can look like a stationary sofa. Reclining furniture is now being made with wall-saver technology so you only have to be inches away from the wall to fully recline.
2) How many people do you need to sit?
This may sound like a silly question but its a very important one to ask. A typical living room set consists of a sofa, love seat and chair- which, one would think sits six people. However, nobody likes sitting in the middle cushion on the sofa, unless its one of your family members, as that spot can feel awkward to a guest or company. Space and layout are also important factors. Perhaps a sectional would work better than a sofa/ love combination. A sectional also leads to greater use of your space because many sectionals come with different configuration options to fit you space requirements.