Time has somewhat softened the function of the living room. It was once a place of formality, but only in the most traditional home, is the living room still used exclusively for guests.
Now, in the 21st century, the room is less about formality and more about comfortable living.
Comfortable living does not necessarily mean that “anything goes”. In most houses, the living room is often the largest room, and homeowners still, use their living room to showcase their decorating style and express who they are, their tastes and interests.