Difference between living room and family room

Living room and family room are two of the most important pats of a house. However, it has been found that individuals are always confused between the two, and as a result the term is often interchangeably. However, the fact is that living room is poles apart from the family and there is a remarkable difference between the both. The difference between living room and family room lies in which portion of the house are the rooms located, how we use the rooms, and how are they designed.

A living room is also commonly addressed as a lounge, lounge room, and a sitting room. This is the room which is primarily used to entertain the guests and visitors, for reading and other activities. In most of the houses, living room is known to occupy the front area and as a result, it is also known as front room. In certain cases, living room is often connected to a formal dining room.

On the other hand, family room is a multipurpose and an informal room similar to the living room of a house. A family room is basically designed in order to provide the family members and their guests a place where they can gather and indulge in varied group activities such as reading, talking, watching TV, listening to music, and other common family activities. Generally, family room is located adjacent to the kitchen and in certain cases, flows into the kitchen also. A family room is often seen having a door that opens up in the garden, backyard, terrace, etc.


Family room

The distinction between family room and living room is also visible in the furniture and furnishings used in both the rooms. Family rooms are informal and are also supposed to be comfortable.  As a result, leather couches and recliners are often used in the family room in order to provide comfortable and cozy sitting. As the focal point of family room is entertainment, a music system and entertainment set can be seen. This is also the room where family portraits can be seen on the walls.

Living room is known to contain furniture’s and furnishings that stresses more on style and design rather than function. Wing back chairs and sofas are commonly seen in all living rooms. Living room is also the room where you can see family heirlooms and fine art pictures displayed on the walls.



Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on January 6th, 2011

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