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The Best Furniture and Décor for the Living Room, According to Interior Designers

TRNK’s Truss sofa. Photo: Courtesy of Retailer

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 you covered with some of our favorites.

Best sofas

Joybird Briar Sofa
$1,312
$1,312

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).”

Joybird Briar Sofa
$2,024
$2,024

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.”

We also like this streamlined leather option from Houzz, which is made from aniline leather with a natural wood base.

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.”

Serta Geneva 85” Sofa
$487

Our budget pick is this Serta sofa featuring a hardwood construction and easy-to clean fabric.

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.”

$1,424

“If you’re a mod customer and are in need of extra storage, this is a great option,” according to Lameraner. The seat cushions lift up for extra space to store toys and blankets.

“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.

Here’s another Mid-century-inspired design with fabric cushions for a lot less (at well under $1,000).

Joybird Ainsley Sofa
$1,424

Kim also likes Joybird’s Ainsley: “Here’s a well crafted modern-minimalist piece that goes well with almost any style.”

Kim recommends this swooping sofa from CB2, too: “A true statement stunner. Its curvilinear shape and tapered stainless steel legs give it a modern, elegant feel.”

Anthropologie Vera Sofa
$2,158
$2,158

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.”

$980

Another pretty pink option in a Mid-century silhouette with golden accents.