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Cool ideas for the living room

Being a couch potato is all the more tempting with these creature comforts.

By Delfina Utomo

Lots of time is spent in the living room, whether you’re lounging on the sofa reading a magazine, catching up with family and friends, or fixating on an intense football match. We show you how to live your best life indoors and how to bring what you love about the great outdoors back home to your happy nest.

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Photograph: Ikea

Stay shady with anti-pollution curtains

From Ikea

Keep all the bad vibes and air pollutants out of the house with Ikea's Gunrid curtains ($49.90). Ikea has developed a textile that can break down particles that cause pollution and purify the air inside a home. Not only that, the fabric is made out of recycled plastic bottles – so it’s better for the environment too. 

Photograph: Uniqlo

Feel at home in loungewear

From Uniqlo

While dressing up at home is optional, why pass the opportunity to look nice while lounging around? Uniqlo's range of loungewear includes drapey pants in assorted prints, breezy tops and even co-ord sets that don't look too shabby means you can still be comfy and take that video call from work without having to throw one a sweater or jacket. 

bean bag
Photograph: Doob

Curl up on a bean bag

From Robinsons

No one can resist a cushy and cosy bean bag – and it's even better when it looks like a cuddly grizzly bear. The hibernating bear bean bag ($399) by local lifestyle brand Doob makes for a great statement piece in the living room. Sink into the bean bag for an all-night Netflix session. 

Photograph: Aesop

Scent it up

Shopping Marina Bay

From Aesop

Set the mood right with the right scent in the living room. The Olous Aromatique Room Spray ($73) from Aesop is perfect to spritz around in the living room. Uplift the mood in the room with the fresh and citrus-y blend of cardamom, grapefruit, galbanum, cedar and jasmine. 

Tumbleweed Plants
Credit: Tumbleweed Plants

Surround yourself with nature

Shopping Garden centres Tiong Bahru

From Tumbleweed Plants

There are a number of good reasons to adopt a couple of indoor plants: they improve the air quality, have psychological benefits and just make any space prettier. Find plenty of options at Tumbleweed Plants where the owners will also guide you through picking the right ones. While you’re at it, bring home some stylish planters and pots too.

samsung the frame

Improve your screen time

With Samsung

Whether you’re streaming your shows on Netflix or using good ol’ DVDs, it’s nice to see them on a big, beautiful screen. With television sets getting bigger, sharper and more ostentatious, The Frame by Samsung (from $3000) elevates home entertainment to a fine art. Doubling as a digital display for paintings when the power is off, this thin television blends in with any décor.

The Artling

Art on the walls

From The Artling

Looking to fill the walls with pieces that spark joy, creativity and also conversation? Spend the day perusing through The Artling, an online portal that offers a curated selection of art from Asia’s best artists and galleries. Pick up paintings, photographs, illustrations and even a sculpture and start decorating.

bang and olufsen

Stay plugged in

With Bang & Olufsen

Being stuck at home doesn’t mean you have to be subjected to bad tunes. Rethinking the living room speaker set-up, BeoSound Shape by Bang & Olufsen (from $6,000) is a modular wireless speaker system made up of a swarm of hexagonal panels – a quality music speaker and statement art piece in one neat package.


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