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The Evolution of the American Household's Living Room

From showcase parlors of the Victorian era to the combined living rooms of today, discover how living rooms evolved in American Households from the 1800s to the 21st century.

In the early 1800s a parlor was the room to entertain guests and showcased furniture that represented status. Into the early 1900s, smaller houses were being built without parlors and much smaller living rooms. The 1900s experienced technological advancements from the radio to the television which made the living room a much more social place. In the 21st century, the living room is often combined with other rooms in the house. This floor plan usually connects the living room with the dining room and kitchen. Keep reading to find out what furniture styles were influenced by these eras.

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