Living Room


Have you ever been to someone’s house, exchanged pleasantries, looked around for inspiration to start another conversation, and come up with nothing? Bland living rooms with nothing but furniture and a TV can be very boring.

Your living space should be an extension of your personality and your tastes. How can you make your living room a place where conversations flourish? Interesting conversation pieces can be the answer, say IKEA experts. Here’s a simple guide on how to do it right:

1. Art
A piece of art on the walls of your living room would be a great place to start.

This need not necessarily be an expensive piece. If you are a fan of the classic greats, think of getting the print of your favourite painter. A Rembrandt or a Constable on the walls would definitely initiate a conversation on painters, styles and periods.

If not, an oversized piece of abstract art can be a nice addition to your living room, as can a piece of graffiti art.

2. Books
If you are a bookworm, make sure to place a bookshelf in your living room. IKEA’s extensive collection includes different types of bookshelves to suit every style, so take your pick!

This can act as a showpiece holding your prized first editions, autographed copies, or large coffee-table books.

Just make sure that you have books that cover a wide range of topics so that conversation doesn’t turn tedious for non-readers.

3. Craft
If you are into any of the crafts, include an example of your chosen craft in the living room.

A rocker with colourful embroidered upholstery or cushions in the midst of beige or neutral furniture will definitely invite comment.

A piece of tapestry, handicrafts or a piece of tribal weaving that is a souvenir from your travels would also be a great addition.

4. Lights
Lights ­can be another way of personalising your living room.

Chandeliers can be quite the conversation piece. Browse IKEA lights online and choose a chandelier with colourful crystal accents or go for Tiffany-style lampshades.

5. Travel
If travelling is your passion, an outsize world map with your pictures tacked in at the places you have been can be a wonderful showpiece.

Not only do you get to exhibit your pictures, but you also get a chance to tell people wonderful tales of your travel.

Other significant conversation pieces could be a showcase that holds your travel memorabilia, a water feature, or quirky showpieces.


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