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What is the difference between a living room and a family room?

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A family room is often a more casual space where family members hang out, while a living room is a more formal setting where guests also interact with the homeowner. These terms have become very interchangeable over time due to increased use of open floor plans and less distinct spaces.

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A living room is often located closer to the front of a house where guests arrive, while a family room is more commonly toward the rear of a home. Seating is generally similar, but a casual family room often includes an entertainment center. Living rooms typically have a more cohesive decor.

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