A living room is more than just a place to sit. Your living room’s interior design, whether stylish and spotless or homely and haphazard, is an expression of who you are.

Though Ancient Egyptians started the trend of decorating their home interiors, the art of creating an inspiring space to live really took off in the west with the French Renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries. And interior design has continued to evolve ever since. Here, we’ve created an animation and poster set to illustrate how interior design has changed over the past 500 years.

Which classic ideas will you use for your living room?

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