background In Spanish, the word sala de estar translates to “living room,” and the words salon and sala are related. Both terms refer to rooms where people gather to relax or entertain guests. The terms “living room” and “salon” are used interchangeably in the Spanish-speaking world. In American English, a sala de estar is a room where people relax or mingle. A living room is any place where you can lounge and entertain guests.