Posted 20 February 2012 - 12:09 AM
The OP asked for armchair psychoanalysts. Right, I would say that the person who furnished this room had big problems: -
The room is big, and they only had a small budget to make it look like it could be lived in. Normally big rooms are a selling point, so why does this one seem like it is in an institution? Simple, it was an institution, now converted, and they are trying to gloss over the fact that it was a hospital and/or asylum. Somehow it has all gone wrong because they are dissembling. In short, they are in denial, hoping that no one will notice that this living room was once a place of suffering, a ward in a hospital. You wonder why it feels uneasy?
It reminds me a bit of a modern version of the final scene in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (for the film freaks out there.)