Lance Marrs, principal broker at
According to Seth Argo, president of Nashville-based luxury custom home developer
So, is this the death knell for formal living rooms? Not so fast. We found some stunning rooms around the country that might change your mind.
Los Angeles, CA
“Most of the buyers that work with my team are looking for open living room/kitchen areas where everything flows together,” says Bowman. “You see more and more homes being renovated with this concept in mind: walls taken down and support beams put up to create these massive open living areas.”
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
“Our society is generally a lot less formal than it was in previous generations,” says Argo. The above living room blends the formal and casual.
This historic renovation in Chicago restored the original details and beauty of the home while ensuring that it’s also a practical and functional space.
Our neighbors to the north appear to be more accepting of formal living rooms. “While many homes are now an open concept living space in which the dining and living are shared, I find that many homebuyers still feel that it is a desirable feature to have a formal living room in a home,” explains Mariko Baerg, a realtor at
“Potential home buyers now are looking more and more for a formal living room in which the space is large enough to fit a sofa, TV, table and chair and that also has a clear separation between living and dining space,” Baerg says of her Canadian clients.
Does this mean there’s hope for the US? It’s possible. “I’m sure that formal living spaces will make a comeback,” Williams says. “Shag carpet did.”