Must-Have Living Room Decor for Entertaining Guests

Granted, there may be some people who don’t mind sitting on the floor in a bare room when they visit someone’s home. They have, after all, come to visit the person and not their furniture. But most guests have come to expect, and most hosts will provide a certain level of comfort to make the visit go as well as possible. Here are four pieces of living room decor that will make your room more inviting for guests.

Coffee Table

A coffee table is where guests rest their beverage glasses or their little plates of hors d’oeuvres or where you have arranged votive candles and a lovely floral arrangement. Near the end of the evening, it may be cleared off to make room for a board game. A coffee table can be any style that complements the rest of the decor in the living room, from antique to thoroughly modern. According to Wrightwood Furniture Co., the perfect height for a coffee table is 18 inches and align with the height of your sofa. This will prevent you from bumping your knees on the coffee table every time you sit on the sofa.


According to Freshome, some people use a large ottoman as a coffee table. You should just make sure that it’s the right height, and the top is flat enough to keep a coffee or tea set sturdy. The ottoman also serves as an extra seat or a place for someone to rest their feet. Many ottomans have lids that hide storage space for those extra throw pillows or other accessories that can make a guest’s visit happily memorable.


The Danish trend of hygge is still popular in 2019, and that means lots of pillows. Pillows not only provide comfort but can add pops of color to a room that is a little too monochromatic. They can be large enough to throw on the floor and sit on. They can be round, square, cylindrical, heart-shaped, rectangular or have funny shapes based on body parts or animals. They can be edged with fringe, tassels, or pom poms and come in a panoply of patterns and colors.


Rugs can pull together a room whose individual parts seem not to belong together, such as a Victorian sofa and a tulip chair. They protect stone or hardwood floors and can be made of a wealth of fabrics, including synthetics, wool, flax, silk, cotton or woven grasses. They can be flat like jute rugs or shag rugs right out of the 1960s. The one fatal decorating mistake is to have a rug that is too small. According to Flooring America, your area rug should be large enough to fit under most or all of the room’s furniture.


You don’t need a great many furnishings to make your guests comfortable when they come over. But these four are must-haves, and they do not have to be very expensive. They’ll make any get-together even more enjoyable.