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The Latest in Living Room Design

The Latest in Living Room Design By Sarah Clark
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

If the LA Times plays a role in the arbitration of home fashion, we should takenote when it says the living room is back in vogue. Get ready to redesign a roomthat's been long forgotten.

The Evolution of Living Room Design

Since the 1950s, says the LA Times, living rooms haven't played a significantrole in domestic life. The family room, game room, and the "big room"--a combinationof TV room, dining room and kitchen--have taken over as the most important roomsin the house. The living room, on the other hand, has traditionally been reservedfor those occasional gatherings that too often involve nibbling on bland cucumbersandwiches.

Today's living room is markedly different. It is a place for kids, teenagers,and those who just want a quiet place to relax with a good book. It's comfortableand casual, but unmistakably stylish. It's a place to showcase your most cherishedfurniture, and it's no longer reserved for formal occasions.

Updating Your Living Room Furniture

To join this new development in home décor, you'll want to take stockof your current living room space. If you want new furniture, pick pieces thatyou won't mind getting a little worn over time. In other words, don't buy a $4,000white sofa if you can't trust yourself on it with a glass of burgundy.

Instead, include surface space, such as coffee tables and end tables that canhandle a moderate amount of clutter, such as books, magazines, and games. Putin an armoire to store board games, cards, and poker chips. Toss a couple ofplush throw blankets across the backs of sofas and overstuffed, super-soft armchairs.

Furniture Design

What's so great about today's living room? It's a place that's comfortable, butlacks the sterility that comes from having a television as its focal point. Yourliving room could become a center of human interaction and quiet contemplation.Make a fire place, a mantel with treasured family photos, or a painting the centerof your living room. By updating your living room design, you too could benefitfrom an informal, cozy atmosphere that promotes bonds between family and friends.

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About the Author
Sarah Clark is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Virginia.



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