While planning a renovation or redesign, it is key to keep your family needs in mind. If you love playing games, ensure there is a large table for game night. If your kids are all about video games, there should be plenty of seating and the TV setup should be fully stocked. And if you want to encourage studious behavior, add a built-in desk, bookshelves and a handy reading nook. To start your process, your first priority is thinking about your focal point. Many living rooms are not complete without a fireplace, but if you live in a warmer climate, maybe a large entertainment center is your best bet. Once you figure out your top feature, invest in those built-ins.
One thing which technology is yet to reach is the bookcase. It can be a thing of practicality as well as an item of beauty, and as it is probably going to be your second largest item of living room furniture in your home aside from the sofa. These too come in all shapes and sizes, and can vary from plain, usually wooden or metal and glass to make-shift room dividers, with lots of square-shaped shelves to hold books, DVDs, CDs as well as picture frames and figurines.