One of the major rooms of the house is the living and entertaining space. Depending on the client, this space may be the living room, the family room, or the great room. In any case, the entertaining space is usually semi-public in nature because it is the place where visitors can be entertained and other business conducted. In addition, the residents often spend many hours in this space. Two reasons for its frequent use are (1) the decor and furnishings establish a comfortable and pleasant atmosphere, and
(2) the space can be used for a variety of functions such as family gatherings, entertaining guests, eating, reading, listening to music, watching television, conversing, and so on. Lighting plays an important role in the utilization of the entertaining space, because it can normally be altered to match the mood of the activity taking place. A corner lamp may supply just enough light for reading while the fireplace may be used to create a special mood for a cozy and intimate get-together. Or, all of the lights may be lit to provide a bright and lively atmosphere for a party or family gathering.
One of the prime activities that occurs in this space is conversation. Consequently, the furniture usually is organized to allow conversation to happen in a comfortable and relaxing manner.