There’s a lot that goes into properly decorating your living room. Not only do you need big-ticket items like couches and coffee tables, but you’ll also be looking for more personal touches like rugs and wall art to give the space warmth and comfort. To help us find the best-designed pieces (that aren’t overly expensive), we turned to interior designers for their go-to’s and, with their guidance, selected a few picks of our own. And if you’re looking for lamps, we’ve got youcovered with some of our favorites.
Joybird Briar Sofa
$1,312(was $1,749, now 25% off)
Here’s a Mid-century modern-inspired sofa, recommended by Modsy stylist Tara Smith that can be customized in a variety of configurations: “It’s also offered in an apartment size for the those tight on space (but who still want quality furniture).”
Or try it in a Santiago Caramel leather. “I love this item for almost any modern and minimal style,” says Karina Lameraner, senior stylist at Modsy. “It will last forever and develop a nice patina as it gets used over the years.”
Andrea Kim, stylist manager at Modsy, recommends this simple sofa from Interior Define: “It’s a really versatile, sturdy sofa, perfectly sized for any apartment or studio, with plenty of cushy seating.”
Lameraner also likes Interior Define’s Maxwell sofa: “This sofa is extremely versatile within more classic and rustic styles. It’s got great depth that really allows you to sink in and get cozy without feeling like you have a giant monstrosity of a sofa in your home.” The Maxwell was also recommended by Shelby Girard, a Havenly interior designer: “The Maxwell is a personal favorite because it comes in an apartment-appropriate length, but it’s extra deep — perfect for curling up and watching Netflix.”
“I’m obsessed with Industry West,” says interior designer Dani Arps. “They have an amazing selection from boutique vendors around the world and their prices are very reasonable.” She recommends this Scandinavian-inspired sofa with a European white oak frame and leather cushions.
Homepolish designer Amanda Sacy recommends this on-trend millennial pink velvet sofa from Anthropologie. “The chic curves nod to old Hollywood glamor, and the customizable color options adds a pop to the living room,” says Sacy. “Vera is versatile — she can be dressed up to fit more formal décor or transition to a more casual setting.”
Smith also likes this Crate and Barrel model. “This may be one of the most versatile sofas,” she says. “I’ve used it for just about every type of style, and it can cross over between formal and casual depending on what you pair it with.”
Larisa Barton is also a fan of Interior Define’s couches. Her top choice is the Jasper, a sectional that comes in a variety of configurations and sizes, with three wood finishes for its base. “For people afraid of a sectional being overwhelming, it is perfect,” says Barton.
“I recently used TRNK’s Truss Sofa in Clavicle for a project on the Lower East Side,” says Homepolish’s Ashlie Broderic. “It is gorgeous and perfectly scaled for an apartment. The unique blackened steel legs lift of off the ground and keep it feeling light and airy. The fabric is commercial grade, so even though it is twice as expensive as something you would purchase at West Elm, it will last twice as long.” Truss is TRNK’s first exclusive, in-house designed collection, and each piece is made-to-order in the U.S.
For more Mid-century-inspired design, Homepolish designer Liz Lipkin recommends the Table table from Design House Stockholm, which she likes “for its clean Scandinavian design — low profile, solid oak legs, lacquered steel top — but it’s also versatile and hardworking when needed.” The tabletop is actually a removable tray and comes in two colors — great for transporting drinks from the kitchen or holding a plant or a stack of books, according to Lipkin.
Elyza Brillantes of Havenly recommends this round, smoked-glass coffee table as a good option for tight spaces. “I love that this can be styled with coffee-table books on the lower shelf that can be seen through the tabletop,” she says.
According to Roth, West Elm is a great source for affordable rugs. “I love their Lucent line, as each rug has a little shine to it,” says Roth. “I am pining after this Olive rug at the moment to be paired with grays, leathers, and black accents.”
Smith’s choice is this minimal piece from CB2: “The lines may be simple but it can give you that finishing touch your space needs. It comes in a few different sizes and finishes and the simplicity of the frame means you can pair it with just about any style.”
“This console not only gives you a surface to display pretty things but also provides ample storage,” says Smith, “while the slim and elegant tapered legs keep the piece from feeling too heavy or overwhelming.”
Brillantes loves wall murals from DenyDesigns, especially this one made up of nine 16-inch squares. “The selection of prints and designs is basically limitless. It’s a great way to cover a large empty wall, above a sofa for example, at a lower price point,” she says.