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Banksy13 Sun 10-Feb-19 14:50:58

So is it a sitting room, a lounge, a family room, a TV room, a front room, a drawing room?! I'm not from the UK originally and I guess this may be class related. My husband calls it the lounge so we go with that, my family back home call it a sitting room however.

PlatypusLeague Fri 26-Apr-19 08:18:32

Sitting room

FinallyFluid Mon 01-Apr-19 17:50:44

Garden Room

devilchild Mon 01-Apr-19 17:43:24

Either living room or front room. That's what we were brought up to use

Rockbird Mon 01-Apr-19 07:12:11

Front room or living room interchangeably. When I was a kid we added in 'other room' but I don't really use that any more. Not often anyway.

RiddleyW Mon 01-Apr-19 06:16:12

Growing up we had a morning room and a sitting room.

We’ve just got living room so I suppose I’m coming down in the world!

RiddleyW Mon 01-Apr-19 06:13:52

My grandparents and aunties and uncles were all verrry posh and always used 'lounge

Are they English?

Theoldwoman Mon 01-Apr-19 06:02:04

We sit in the lounge to watch telly/chat with friends/family. We eat in the dining room.

sashh Mon 01-Apr-19 06:00:54


My carer calls it the front room but at my place it is at the back.

I'm OK with sitting room or lounge. One house we lived in when I was a child had two down stairs rooms so one was the front room, the other was the dining room, lounge or sitting room until my parents had an extension built so we now had three rooms, the new room was at the front and became the dining room.

To me a 'front room' is not one you use every day, it has the best furniture in it but is only used for important visitors.

If I win the lottery I've always said I'm having a house with a library, now it will have a morning room too, and I shall employ a housekeeper called 'Mrs Danvers', even if the housekeeper is a man, I shall pay them extra to use 'Mrs Danvers'

Hotterthanahotthing Mon 01-Apr-19 05:36:30

Sitting room here.
Front rooms were the room you used for guests,always kept clean,tidy and child free.My grandparents even had baize to protect the table and antimacassars on the chairs.

shiveringtimber Mon 01-Apr-19 05:24:57

Living room.

CaitlinsYellowSocks Mon 01-Apr-19 04:57:58

I was about to say "sitting room" because I instinctively know it's "correct", but I think we actually describe ours as a living room. That's what my family usually called it when I was growing up, though I think my parents also used "front room" and "back room" sometimes.

ILs are grander and have a drawing room (large, formal, only really used for parties), a study (small and semi-formal, not actually a study, more a grown-up sitting room) and a nursery (a family room with a TV - I think it used to be the playroom when the children were little).

SusieQ5604 Mon 01-Apr-19 03:36:13

Living room

3catsandcounting Mon 11-Feb-19 09:55:22

We have big lounge, little lounge and snug.
My grandparents and aunties and uncles were all verrry posh and always used 'lounge'. Living room and sitting room sound wrong to me; I mostly live and sit in my kitchen.

Giggorata Mon 11-Feb-19 00:07:28

Study and sitting room. Oh, and the dirty dog room...

Jsmith99 Sun 10-Feb-19 20:52:35

Front room.

In my grandparents’ house, the siting room was kept ‘for best’. It had the nicest furniture and carpets but it was never used, not even on Christmas Day. The only time I ever remember seeing them use it was when the priest came to visit.

LaBelleSausage Sun 10-Feb-19 20:49:27

@Bubastes grin

I think that’s exactly how a morning room should be used! As ours is full of chewed wax crayons and with enough wooden bricks to build the Great Wall of China scattered artfully over the floor I feel it would be a bit pretentious. Does get lovely morning sun though!

user1486076969 Sun 10-Feb-19 20:48:44

Sitting Room

GiantKitten Sun 10-Feb-19 20:44:38

Living room for me.
As a child we only had two rooms down stairs so it was called ‘the other room’, as in ‘dad isn’t in the kitchen so he must be in the other room’.

Oh we had the other room too! 1950s council house with a big square kitchen at the back & a through ‘other room’ smile

Now live in a classic terrace with front room & back room. They’re roughly equal size (stairs run front to back), & back room has dining table, but in many houses here where stairs run side to side the front room is smaller & often has the table.

Bananasarenottheonlyfruit Sun 10-Feb-19 20:43:27

@CountFosco (which is one of my favourite username's, by the way!). grin I have never won anything before. It was just the easiest way to differentiate them for young kids, and yes, one of them is blue. So DH is often heard saying 'shall I light the fire in the blue room'.

Ruleof4 Sun 10-Feb-19 20:38:49

Living room

IWillWearTheGreenWillow Sun 10-Feb-19 20:38:13

We have a living room, a study and music room. Those last two could just as easily be office/library and playroom.

My parents had a living room, study and playroom (that was later the music room). I've clearly inherited the names!

The ILS (posher than my parents) had a sitting room and a dining room.

One set of grandparents had a front room (sittting room), a back room (study) and a breakfast room.

The other GPs had a Front Room (parlour) and a Back Room (everything else). Funny how these things depend on how and where you grew up.

oldsewandsew Sun 10-Feb-19 20:25:04

Loving this thread! DH says lounge, and I also irrationally hate it. I had no idea that it had connotations of airport lounge etc though, I was just being weird. I say front room or living room. I’m desperately trying to subtly drum those two into the DC!

ketchupormayo Sun 10-Feb-19 20:23:55

I say living room. Husband says tv room

Gooseygoosey12345 Sun 10-Feb-19 20:17:16

Front room, even though it's at the backhmm

CountFosco Sun 10-Feb-19 19:57:54

We have two sitting rooms, which we describe by the colours they are decorated.

I think you've just won the thread grin. Shall we sit in the blue room today?

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