The living room creates a lasting impression for all who enter. It reveals to your family and guests if you’re formal and elegant or fun-loving and laid-back. The living room sets the mood for the home and should be a reflection of the owner’s personal taste.
A living room can be arranged in many ways. For some, this space is formal and perfect at all times, to be entered and used only when guests come to call. To others, it serves as a comfortable family gathering place for watching TV, doing homework, or visiting.
In the past, living room décor was often symmetrical. Traditionally, a painting is placed above the sofa, and flanked by two end tables topped by lamps. Formal window treatments of luxurious fabrics trimmed with braid and fringe, and perfectly set pairs of occasional chairs and tables follow traditional rules of decorating. Few homes these days have space for such a ideal room that is more to be looked at than used.
Decorating style has evolved to allow a less formal look. While retaining certain elements such as beautiful millwork or lush fabrics, the more casual living room has lighter window treatments and more comfortable furniture. Studied symmetry has given way to softer lines, fewer rules, and more color.