he living room. No matter what type of family you have, it’s center stage for your home. Whether you’re a young couple who’s just purchased a house, a family of five, or a couple whose children have started their own families now, the living room is where life’s moments happen—the spirited discussions, holiday toasts, and of course watching the big game between arch rivals or getting together for another movie night.
But today’s living rooms bear little resemblance to the past. That overstuffed couch so cushiony it feels like sinking into a carnival moonwalk? You remember, the one Uncle Gus needed help getting out of? It’s history. As is that big, plush lounge chair with the expandable ottoman. And the old gambit of hiding the television in an old armoire or cabinet? Well, these days, that seems to be a bit outdated, too.
That’s because the living rooms of today reflect the technological advancements of today—not to mention an advanced design ethos that stresses clean lines, smooth surfaces, and a zen simple aesthetic. Our lives have been made so simplified by technology that we seem to want our surroundings to feel the same way, it seems. And who could blame us? Whether it’s smart phones, tablets, laptops, watches, noise-canceling headphones or fitness bands, every member of the family has cutting edge technologies at their fingertips now.
But if the chic living rooms of today bear little resemblance to those of yesteryear, the electronics within them offer an even greater sea change. From video gaming systems and augmented reality to streaming content, music and shows from Hulu, Netflix, Pandora or Amazon, an array of smart products and apps in both audio and video formats keeps the entire family connected and engaged now. And—we might add, coming together to interact and enjoy each other’s company. In fact, more than half of parents today say that technology makes them feel closer to their family.1
Such bonding is easier than ever to do these days, thanks to innovations like the sleek, elegant new LG SIGNATURE OLED TV, whose wide viewing angle assures that everyone has the best seat in the house and sees every detail in crisp resolution. With its strikingly thin, picture-on-glass OLED panel and harmon/kardon® sound bar grill, it offers a design aesthetic that begs to be showcased as the centerpiece of the living room. Yes, its picture and sound quality are impeccable, but its looks are equally as impeccable. A television like this is much more than a mere television—it’s a 21st century hearth that serves as the focal point for the entire family.
After all, it’s called a “living” room for a reason. And now, thanks to the advancements of today, living is more enjoyable than ever. Transforming the most classic and beloved part of our home into true gathering place where everyone from all walks of life, can celebrate it.
How has your living room evolved? What could use an upgrade? Let us know in the comments below.
1 GMI/Mintel February 2016 study
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