99 Optimum Wall Design Living Room Ideas – Beautiful Living Room Decor #livingroomideas #livingroomfurniture #livingroomdecorations
In the country before, or really, really long ago, formal living rooms were important visitors. You drove to the host's entrance in a horse-drawn carriage, a lackey opened the wagon's door and reached for the ground. At the front door was your coat or coat; you left your calling card on the hall table and headed into the front room. Wake! We just mortals don't live that far.
The family room was invented for the double, salaried household with children, so on the off chance that they had not notified visitors, they did not have to run like a chicken with their heads cut off and put away toys and laundry. They could retire to the formal living room. But with the invention of the phone - maybe not so long ago - people call and book time instead of just showing up. I know, there are few who are stuck in the "I was in the neighborhood" program, but they get what they deserve.
So why do developers continue to provide us with formal living rooms? Someone sleeps at the switch. Someone should tell them that men no longer go back to study and have brandy and a cigar; and women have long since stopped having tea in the salon away from men.
If you have one of those large, useless living rooms that you barely look at anymore, reuse it. A feature that would work extremely well in a space that is clearly too small for formal gatherings beyond the immediate family is an elegant home office. Even if you run a business from this space, it can be equipped so that things like built-in storage, books, maps, world globes, etc. are front and center. Technology can be housed in cabinets to cover it's real use as a home-based business or a place to handle family affairs. Today's large storage keeps important and confidential paperwork safely out of sight under lock and key. With comfortable seating, this reused room can serve as a good meeting place for a small group.
How about a library that is a special dining room when a formal dining room is missing? A game room where cards and board games are played would be perfect. A music room or reading room are more useful ideas for the ignored room. In that regard, just because an architect labeled a room "living room" does not mean that you have to be limited to what is on a floor plan. It's your house. Make it useful!