Tech-Less Living Rooms

In a recent article, Houzz predicted that a big trend this year will be “Tech-Less Living Rooms” ::

With so much screen time throughout the day and night, homeowners are looking for a calm respite where they can read a book, chat with friends and family or just sit quietly. Thus, the rise of living rooms devoid of digital distraction.

We’ve had a “tech-less living room” in the last two homes we owned. Logan and I go back and forth, but we always settle on leaving the living room without a TV. It’s surprisingly refreshing to have a space that’s specifically for talking and sitting and reading. It nurtures a kind of unspoken emphasis on these things. In fact, for the past year, Valentine has called our living room “the talking room”. Ha!

But to be fair, we still own a TV and spend hours watching it every week. We’ve turned one of the extra bedrooms into a media room, with a cozy couch and dark curtains, but I still like that it’s separate from the main living area. Also, this gives Logan a good space to retreat to when I have friends over (and vice versa).

The one thing we don’t like about have a tech-less living room is that we can’t host an Academy Awards party or invite people over to watch a game. There’s very limited seating in our media room, so even watching a movie with a few friends can feel claustrophobic.

What are your thoughts? Do you have a tech-less living room? Would you rearrange to make one? Why or why not? What are the pros and cons in your mind?

(Photo via Apartment Therapy)

Posted by Aanna on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

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