Billy Baldwin | Living Rooms
I'm still reading my way through Billy Baldwin Decorates, a gem of a book that I highly recommend. Baldwin has some very practical tips on decorating one's home, still applicable today, almost fifty years after it was written.
On the subject of overly large, cavernous living rooms, Baldwin notes, "That big room isn't the living room at all. Unless you have a great many rooms that is a ghastly waste of space. The living room should be lived in." I've definitely come across some living rooms like this in Texas where there's more space to have such rooms. In order to make these spaces more intimate, the late decorator says, "I like to arrange [furniture] in small separate groups, like garden plots, so that when you settle down in one of them, the rest of the room becomes background." Below is a living room image from the book that I think perfectly illustrates Baldwin's point. There is an intimate seating arrangement centered on the fireplace, with another sofa and side chair behind it. Baldwin also suggests using warm toned colors to create more intimacy within a space.