In Western architecture, a front room, also known as a lounge room, lounge or sitting room, is a room in a residential home or house for relaxing and socializing. Such a room is typically known as a front room when it is close to the principle entrance on the front of the house. In large formal homes, a sitting room is commonly a small private dwelling area adjacent to a bedroom, such as the Queen's Sitting Room and the Lincoln Sitting Room of the White House. The time period front room was coined within the late 19th or early 20th century.
In homes that lack a parlour or drawing room, the living room can also function as a reception room.
A typical Western front room may contain furnishings similar to a settee, chairs, occasional tables, espresso tables, bookshelves, electrical lamps, rugs, or other furniture. Historically, a sitting room within the United Kingdom and New Zealand has a fireplace, dating from when this was obligatory for heating. In a Japanese sitting room, known as a washitsu, the floor is roofed with tatami, sectioned mats, on which people can sit comfortably.