Over the weekend, I mentioned that my mom and I are working on her 'conversation/cocktail room' aka formal living room. I am a big believer that there should be a room in a house that is comfy, TV-less and arranged in a circle where people can enjoy each other and have real conversations. While I am a fan of technology and short, quick convos via text, email and gchat, I think it is also imperative that we take time to look at the person sitting across from us and enjoy the real art of conversation. Formal living rooms have gotten a bad reputation for being the untouchable room, but the following examples show how this room can be a little fancier than the den, but still very usable.
From HB- I love the color combination of this room. The brown walls are unexpected at first, but then you can see the blue and brown geometric rug anchoring the room. Formal and fun!
Also from HB, this room is light and airy. I just want to make a martini and chat about life with my friends.
How comfy do those chairs look? This would be a great set up for a room that is a bit smaller and maybe doesn't have room for a couch. Very intimate! (Coastal Living)
Finally, with its clean lines and minimal decoration, this Architectural Digest gem is ready for a distraction free cocktail hour.