Traditional living room furniture | Living Room ideas

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Eileen recently moved into her 39th floor modern condo that overlooked a lake. She had chosen the place for the fantastic view. The trouble was, her old traditional living room furniture simply didn't look right. The heavy, formal style of the furniture felt stifling and she yearned for the modern feel and clean lines of the contemporary living room furniture she had seen in the interior decoration magazines she had bought. The trouble was, the more she riffled through the pages, the more confusing the choices seemed.When Karl came by to have a look, he saw that the room had some really great features he could work with – a beautiful floor made of hardwood, large windows, and, of course, that spectacular view. He decided that his goal was to make Eileen's living room not only a room with a view, but, by reworking the floor plan, adding color, contrast, and, of course, a touch of contemporary class, the room could be turned into a haven in the sky. "So, what do you think, Karl?" asked Eileen, as both settled into her overstuffed settee with mugs of coffee. She opened one of the interior decoration magazines and said, "I mean, although I do want a contemporary look, I also want a place to relax in. Some of that stuff looks uber cool, but not too comfortable.""Yeah, sure, I'm with you there," said Karl. "But, there's lots of contemporary stuff that's both elegant to look at as well as high on the comfort factor."He went on to explain: Contemporary living room furniture, in fact, is so exciting because it experiments with new materials like molded plywood, tubular metals, cast aluminum, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, bent and welded wire mesh, and vinyl. The accent is on a monochromatic color scheme that is deliberately understated - with dabs of color added in unexpected spots of the room to enhance the downplayed look. The comfort factor is built in into the curvilinear shapes as well as the integrated modular features that have versatile uses. Much of the materials used are lightweight, translucent, and aesthetically .Designers like Florence Knoll Basset, Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, characterized the essence of contemporary living room furniture, especially with the chairs that they created. The conceptual key of their diverse work was fashioning the seat and back forms which would support the human body comfortably, which they achieved by using flexible materials or surfaces shaped three-dimensionally that replaced the conventional cushioned upholstery. The sleek pedestal tables, streamlined display cabinets, abstract sources of light, and modular sofas they designed have the ability to transform a living room from humdrum to classy. Apart from new material and color schemes, contemporary living room furniture is about changing the organization of living space with innovative shapes. For example, the pre-WWII squares, rectangles and circles have been replaced by oblongs, kidney shapes, ellipses, flares, and S shapes.

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This article was published on 2010/10/16