Favourite TV Living Rooms
Have you ever visited a house you spent time in when you were younger? The moment you step back into the room, sit down on the sofa and gaze out the window, there’s a feeling of real nostalgia and familiarity that hits you.
This same sense of fondness can be found in rewatching old TV shows – ones that you particularly loved.
Whilst there are an endless number of TV shows we could focus on that bring fond nostalgia, instead we wanted to focus on those with particularly recognisable living rooms. They may be so familiar to you, that they’re like a home away from home.
Seeing the characters sitting in them warms your heart and makes you smile.
Only Fools and Horses
Set in East London, this iconic British comedy starred David Jason as the overly ambitious and misfortune prone market trader. Nicholas Lyndurst and Lennard Pearce joined the ranks as Rodney and Grandad.
Along the ten years it ran, a strong supporting cast backed the whole team up, as well as a main character addition of Uncle Albert (Buster Merryfield) after the actor for Grandad passed away in 1984.
The iconic living room was a real glimpse into the 80s – with modern (for the time) animal print throws and pillows, bamboo wallpaper, but with hints of the 60s and 70s in the clashing large floral print carpets and curtains. A cocktail bar sat proudly at the back and was the source of many laughs along the way.
The Royle Family
If you were tasked with thinking of a TV show where the majority of the on-screen time took place in a living room, The Royle Family might well be one of the first that came to mind. This series, which ran for over a decade, centred around Manchester based family; the Royles.
It was the portrayal of a stereotypical working class family at the turn of the millennium, with the majority of the “action” taking place in front of their television focussed living room.
The furniture was a great hodgepodge from the previous few decades – it had a very distinctive and faded brown patterned 3-seater sofa and matching armchair, plus an old wooden cabinet – littered with various mementos and souvenirs from over the years.
A dado rail separated the floral and pink wallpaper that decorated the walls. And of course, we can’t forget Jim’s own much loved (and very used) winged armchair – sadly from what we can see, it wouldn’t have supported his posture overly well!
Set in a fictional country estate in Yorkshire in the early 20th century, Downton Abbey follows the lives of the residents of the main house, as well as a few selected families in the village.
Rather than focussing on just one aspect of the social ladder, it delves into the lives of both the “upstairs” and “downstairs” characters.
It was a TV show which absolutely gripped the nation and was talked about constantly when the episodes were showing. The Christmas specials each year were hugely looked forward to and were watched by millions all over the world.
The living room, or “drawing room” as it was called in the show, was usually used in the evening and was filled with ultimate sophisticated luxury. It was decorated in tasteful soft colours, such as pinks and creams as well as the iconic silk covered teal wallpaper.
The high ceilings were adorned with ornate plaster coving, beautiful antiques were carefully placed around the room and topped off with a particularly impressive chandelier.
The US based comedy show Frasier can firmly place itself in the category of “spin off shows that far supersedes their original”. Upon divorcing his wife Lileth, psychiatrist Frasier Crane moves back to his hometown of Seattle and takes on a new career as a radio talk show host.
His move to the west coincides with his father Martin being shot whilst on duty as a police officer, and so Frasier ends up rehoming his father (and dog) in a bid to aid his rehabilitation.
With both Harvard and Oxford degrees under his belt, Frasier is a man of fine tastes and refined wines. His sky rise apartment in Seattle overlooks the city’s landmark, the Space Needle, with parquet floors and shelves full of symbolic African art, Dale Chihuly sculptures and a selection of fine sherry.
His sofa is a reproduction of one Coco Chanel had in her Paris atelier, and the classic plywood and leather Eames Lounge Chair and ottoman sit strategically placed next to the grand piano.
A sticking point in Frasier’s decor plans, is the well-worn, 70s striped recliner chair belonging to his father – which he unsuccessfully tries to dispose of on more than one occasion.
Dingle Farm, Emmerdale
As one of the longest running British TV soaps (after Coronation Street), Emmerdale began its life in 1972 as Emmerdale Farm, and has been solidly popular ever since.
It is set in a fictional village in the Yorkshire Dales, and over the years it has gained more families and characters into its ranks (originally it was mostly focussed on a rivalry between two farms).
This little pocket of beautiful countryside has had its fair share of disasters along the way; experiencing shootings, explosions, horrific storms, road accidents, armed robberies, as well as a particularly devastating hit from the debris of a blown up airplane.
The living room at the farm of the Dingle family is a particularly iconic room. It is immediately recognisable with its old brick walls, painted a baby pink.
The country farm feel continues with its low beams, old farmhouse blue cupboards and dining table. Perhaps the most iconic part is their old floral patterned furniture, covered in multi-coloured crochet patchwork blankets.