Living Room

In Western architecture, a living room or lounge room (informal: lounge) is a hotel or other public building. The term living room was coined in the late 19th or early 20th century.


In homes that lack a parlour or drawing room, the living room may also function as a reception room.[1]

A typical Western living room may contain furnishings such as a sofa, chairs, occasional tables, and bookshelves, electric lamps, rugs,[2] or other furniture. Traditionally, a sitting room in the United Kingdom and New Zealand has a fireplace. In a Japanese sitting room, called a washitsu, the floor is covered with tatami, sectioned mats, on which people can sit comfortably.

In larger homes in the great room combines the functions of one or more of these rooms.

From parlor to living room

In the 19th century, the front parlour was the room in the house used for formal social events, including where the recently deceased were laid out before their funeral. The term living room is found initially in the decorating literature of the 1890s, where a living room is understood to be a reflection of the personalty of the designer, rather than the Victorian conventions of the day.[3] The rise of the living room meant the end of the dedicated room for receiving guests that had been common in the Victorian period.



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  2. ^ Home Decorating – The Living Room
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