It can be downright baffling to pin down the difference between two seemingly identical concepts. In the epic clash of living room vs. family room, is there really a clear distinction? As a matter of fact, yes.
Just as we discovered when exploring the nuances between modern and contemporary design, there’s a lot in a label. While plenty of people use the terms “living room” and “family room” more or less interchangeably, they actually aren’t the same thing — larger homes sometimes even have both — and it all comes down to how you use the space.
Along with the kitchen, the living room is the main common space in most family homes, but the exact nature of how to use it has been mysterious for a long time.
According to Joan DeJean, writing for the, living rooms started out as formal