Funny name, living room. What, like you aren’t alive when you are in the rest of the house. They don’t call the bedroom the deadroom, so why call the living room by that name? Okay, enough with that bit. You actually may do more of your living in other rooms in the house because the living room has become boring. Maybe you let things go. Maybe you haven’t kept up with the incredibly rapid changes in lifestyle. Whatever the reason, the living room of your house may actually be a place where you now seem like you are living the least. Doesn’t have to be that way, of course.
Maybe the problem with your living room really is the infusion of technology in the world of the 21st century. Your living room may still be decorated and designed to take advantage of gathering around the television like an ancient bonfire of caveman days. Society today is connected as never before, but the irony is that families share things less than ever. Perhaps the introduction of a few highly decorative dividing screens is just the trick to turn your living room into a more functional place for family. Let the screens divide you when each member of the family is doing their thing, but set aside time to allow the turning of dividers to become a signal that it is family sharing time.
One alternative to the death of the life in your living room situation is to bring the space full tilt into the 21st century. Living rooms used to be built to house a smaller TV around which furnishings had to be placed in order to see the small screen. Today’s wide flat screen televisions do not mandate placing furniture in quite the same position. Get rid of the old by diving head first into the new. Transform the living room into something a bit more precisely target. Trash the couch and invest in seating that more directly reflects the design of movie theater chairs. Plaster the walls with posters of your favorite movies. Buy movie-inspired knicknacks and maybe even consider buying one of those standup popcorn stands.
Narrow Living Rooms
Is your problem less the 21st century than the 20th century ideas of architecture? Narrow living rooms present a problem of geometry that often sends the residents of the home outward bound in search of more efficient design. A sofa designed to fit into the corner can help alleviate some of the imprecision of design in narrow living rooms. Setting your furniture in the middle of the room and at right angles to each other can also make the living room a more pleasant place to engage in the act of family life.