In Western architecture, a living room, additionally known as a lounge room, lounge or sitting room, is a room in a residential house or condo for enjoyable and socializing. Such a room is typically known as a entrance room when it is near the main entrance on the entrance of the house. In massive formal houses, a sitting room is commonly a small non-public dwelling space adjoining to a bed room, such because the Queen's Sitting Room and the Lincoln Sitting Room of the White House. The term living room was coined within the late 19th or early 20th century.
In houses that lack a parlour or drawing room, the lounge may additionally operate as a reception room.
A typical Western living room may include furnishings such as a sofa, 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 fire, dating from when this was vital for heating. In a Japanese sitting room, known as a washitsu, the ground is covered with tatami, sectioned mats, on which individuals can sit comfortably.