In Western architecture, a living room, additionally called a lounge room, lounge or sitting room, is a room in a residential house or apartment for enjoyable and socializing. Such a room is usually called a front room when it's close to the primary entrance on the front of the house. In massive formal properties, a sitting room is usually a small private residing area adjoining to a bedroom, such as the Queen's Sitting Room and the Lincoln Sitting Room of the White House. The term living room was coined within the late nineteenth or early 20th century.
In properties that lack a parlour or drawing room, the living room may also perform as a reception room.
A typical Western living room could comprise furnishings equivalent to a settee, chairs, occasional tables, coffee tables, bookshelves, electrical lamps, rugs, or other furniture. Historically, a sitting room within the United Kingdom and New Zealand has a hearth, relationship from when this was obligatory for heating. In a Japanese sitting room, called a washitsu, the ground is roofed with tatami, sectioned mats, on which individuals can sit comfortably.