Say Goodbye to Your Empty Nest’s Formal Living Room

One of the trends in new home building is the disappearance of the formal living room. Gone are the days of entertaining guests in a prim and proper atmosphere, serving tea on uncomfortable couches and engaging in stuffy conversation.

As an empty nester your lifestyle has changed in more ways than one, including how you use your home now that the kids have moved out. You may be entertaining more and end up gathering around the kitchen/open family room space to chat informally while snacking on hors d’ouerves and watching the big game. If your lifestyle doesn’t support a formal space anymore, it might be time to say goodbye to the formal living room.

If your home has a formal living room space the conundrum is what to do with this often underused space. Here are some ideas for transforming your formal living room into a more functional space that meets your Empty Nest needs and entertaining style:

  • Office space. Add a desk or two and use this room for quiet study, and to organize your paperwork for organizations you support or your travel papers. Add a few comfortable seats and you may find that you and your spouse enjoy a glass of wine here while planning your next vacation!

{Use this time as an opportunity to create a usable, stylish space that is both functional and inviting.  Witching Hour Farm  design by April Force Pardoe Interiors.}

{Use this time as an opportunity to create a usable, stylish space that is both functional and inviting. Witching Hour Farm design by April Force Pardoe Interiors.}

  • Bar. Many ‘70s era homes all featured wet bars in their living rooms. Why not bring this trend back? You probably entertain your friends at your kitchen island and offer them a beer. Install a bar, and a pub table, and you’ve got an instant entertaining space, away from the kitchen.

  • Music room. Invest in that piano you’ve been wanting and buy a pair of wingback chairs for listeners to relax in. Now that your nest is empty, it might be time to fill it up with a new music hobby that you’ve always wanted to pursue. Drums? Rock on!

{A functional sideboard that doubles as a bar “cart” allows your living room to be the perfect space for guests to gather when entertaining.  Overhill Road  design by April Force Pardoe Interiors.}

{A functional sideboard that doubles as a bar “cart” allows your living room to be the perfect space for guests to gather when entertaining. Overhill Road design by April Force Pardoe Interiors.}

  • Library. Get a wall of bookshelves and you’ll finally have somewhere to store all the books you’ve been meaning to read. Add a pedestal table and some big, comfy chairs around it and you’ll have a spot for reading, or for quiet activities like a card game or a puzzle project on a rainy day.

{Design a cozy spot to stretch out with your favorite book.  Bluebell Way  design by April Force Pardoe Interiors.}

{Design a cozy spot to stretch out with your favorite book. Bluebell Way design by April Force Pardoe Interiors.}

Whatever you do, don’t let your formal living room space go unused. Think about what type of room you and your family need and create it in your living room. Think outside the room so that your home will meet your needs — not the intentions of the builder or your past lifestyle!



 

Are you ready to create spaces that enhance connections with loved ones and provide you peace of mind for the days and years ahead?