If your living room is the center of activity and attention in your home, then you might as well make it as exceptional as you can. There are different ways of going about this. There’s the matter of basic decoration, style, overall vibe, basic cleanliness, etc.

But, there are five ways to really get the most out of this space, and they include adding a fireplace, getting the perfect custom rug, installing great lighting, doing some soundproofing as necessarily, and of course, buying the perfect couch to lounge on.

Add a Fireplace

Want a fireplace but don’t have a chimney? Well you’re in luck, because now you can buy an electric fireplace, and there are even ones that double as TV stands and entertainment centers. This is so much of a win-win for everyone, that it’s one of the first purchases you should think about making when you’ve decided it’s time for a living room lifestyle upgrade.

There are different options depending on the size of your TV and the size of your room, but there’s something for everyone who wants that warm centerpiece! One of the benefits of buying this particular type of appliance is the fact that you can try it, but if it doesn’t work out for you, you can return it, and perhaps looks for something different. Should you choose to put a real fireplace in, good luck changing your mind about any part of it later!

Get a Custom Rug

And if the center of your room is a television and a fire, then you absolutely need to get the perfect rug. The rug in your living room, even if you already have carpet, will stand out as a representation of your personality, and a representation of the type of comfort you’re most interested in. Think how different your living room would look between the ideas of an orange shag rug, or a dark black, flat oval.

Just imagine how much that changes the vibe of the entire room, and you’ll realize its importance. A few considerations with the rug purchase that will be part of your purchasing decision are also going to be how easy it is to clean, and how well different types of furniture are going to sit on it. For example, some types of wheeled chairs aren’t going to work on shag-style carpet.

Install Some Epic Lighting

If you install track lighting in your living room, it will make a huge difference as well. Now dark corners are intentional. Spotlights are intentional. The area will be as warm, cold, modern, or welcoming as you want, and all because you paid attention to the lights. Colored lights also make a huge difference in the overall feel of a room. New lighting kits that are available will often have remote controls where you can go from hot colors to cool ones with the push of a button.

Do Some Soundproofing

Especially if you’re going to be watching movies, and especially if you live somewhere noisy, then soundproofing is going to be the name of the game. You can buy a soundproofing kit and try a few different places for the blocks to go, and you’ll see, hear, and feel an immediate difference.

There are some tricks to installing soundproofing, so you can just put things wherever you want and expect it to work right, however. So if it’s something you don’t have experience with, be sure to do a fair amount of research first.

Buy the Ultimate Couch

Finally, for lounging, sitting, relaxing, or working, you have to have the ultimate living room couch. It may be large, small, plush, or tough, but whatever it is, it’s going to define the feel of being in the room, so make a good judgment, and don’t spare any money when it comes to getting it just right.

There are whole demonstration areas set up in many couch retailers so that you and your whole family can have a seat and see if they feel right. Even better, you can sometimes order custom sectionals to go with the couch to expand it.