House Objects in a Living Room in Spanish

LA SALA or LA SALA DE ESTAR are two interchangeable ways to refer to the living room in Spanish, a very important room in the house and a nice topic to learn some new vocabulary for house objects in Spanish. This lesson covers several words used in real conversations when talking about LA SALA and how you can use this vocabulary to create your own description of a room in Spanish. This lesson includes a set of interesting resources such as many audio examples, some grammar notes and interactive quizzes to practice. Let’s start…

Vocabulary Introduction: Common living room objects in Spanish

First, please take a look at two pictures rooms and use the numbers to identify the living room objects in Spanish written on the right. Notice that some of these words are actually similar to the ones in English, like SOFÁ (sofa) and LÁMPARA (lamp), which makes it easier to remember them.

House objects in a living room in Spanish
La sala en español

Demonstrative adjectives, Articles and HAY for house objects

The first group of examples will make use of demonstrative adjectives such as “ESTE, ESE, ESTOS…” as they are often used with house objects in Spanish to indicate their location or describe them, e.g. Ese librero (that bookshelf) and Esta pintura (this paint).  Normally, we would use HAY in order to say the objects that a place has. HAY is used for both singular and plural nouns.

These sentences will use some of the vocabulary for the living room in Spanish plus basic grammatical structures such as definite and indefinite articles. If the object you want to refer to is just one and countable such as LÁMPARA or VENTANA, then use UN or UNA depending on the gender of that object (feminine/masculine), e.g. Hay una ventana en la sala.

Sentences with things in the living room in Spanish

Me gusta esa mesa de café
I like that coffee table
¿Qué piensas de esta silla?
What do you think about this chair?
Me encantan los colores de estas cortinas
I love the colors of these curtains
Prefiero una pintura más relajante para nuestro cuarto
I prefer a more relaxing paint for our room
El televisor en la foto es antiguo
The television in the picture is old.
Este librero es demasiado grande para la sala
This bookcase is too big for the living room
La mesa es lo suficientemente alta para los niños.
The table is tall enough for the kids.
¿Te gusta esta alfombra o esa?
Do your like this rug or that one?

Using Quantifiers in Spanish: “pocos, pocas, muchos, muchas…”

All the previous sentences deal with singular nouns, but we often use words in plural form as well.  For countable, plural living room objects in Spanish such as “mesas”, “camas” and so on, we will need the quantifiers POCOS/POCAS (a few), MUCHOS/MUCHAS (many), VARIOS/VARIAS (several), BASTANTES (a lot), SUFICIENTES (enough) as in the sentence “Este librero tiene pocos libros”.

On the other hand, if the noun is plural and uncountable such as “agua, café, oxígeno”, then you will need to use the quantifiers POCO/POCA (a little), MUCHO/MUCHA (much), BASTANTE (a lot), SUFICIENTE (enough) without the letter -S at the end. Remember to pay attention to the gender of the object you are talking about and the type of noun (contable, no contable) so you can choose the right quantifier.

Sentences with living room objects in Spanish and quantifiers

La sala tiene muchos objetos.
The living room has many objects
Hay muchas fotos/fotografías en este álbum
There are many pictures in this album
Tengo unas cuantas lámparas en mi casa
I have a few lamps in my house.
Hay muchos sofás en la tienda
There are many sofas in the store
Hay tantas plantas diferentes en su jardín
There are many different plants in her garden
No hay muchos sillones como este
There are not many armchairs like this one.

Describing a Living Room in Spanish – Describiendo la sala en español

Adjectives plus the verb SER in its form ES and SON are in used to describe almost everything in the language, e.g. LA SALA ES BONITA (the living room is beautiful). You could also talk about colors of the living room in Spanish or use specific adjectives like CLÁSICA or BONITA, for example: UNA PINTURA CLÁSICA (a classical painting). In conversations you could use expressions like SÁBES…” (You know…), YO CREO QUE…”(I think that), ME ENCANTA…” (I love), A MÍ ME PARECE BUENA IDEA…” (I think it is a good idea) to make your sentences sound a little more natural. Also, you can use the verbs HAY (there is/there are) and TENER (to have) to say what objects you see. Here are two descriptions of living rooms in Spanish.

Descriptions of living rooms in Spanish

La sala de mi casa es grande y moderna. Hay varios cuadros con fotografías de mi familia colgados en la pared. Las paredes son de color celeste claro con detalles blancos. Hay un librero que tienen muchos libros interesantes y mis libros favoritos son los de misterio. No tenemos sofás pero tenemos unas sillas muy cómodas. Me encanta ver televisión en mi tiempo libre. La sala también tiene una lámpara de techo que la hace lucir muy elegante.
Living room description translation
The living room of my house is large and modern. There are several frames with pictures of my family on the wall. The walls are light blue with white details. There is a bookshelf with many interesting books and my favorite ones are mystery books. We do not have sofas but we have very comfortable chairs. I love watching TV in my free time. The room also has a ceiling light that makes it look very elegant.
La sala de estar de mi casa es bastante sencilla. Hay varios adornos por toda la sala, incluyendo algunas fotos familiares. Tenemos sofás de color crema y en medio una mesa de café. La sala tiene una ventana hacia la calle y la ventana tiene cortinas de color naranja. También hay una alfombra bastante grande. Hay mucha ventilación así que es una habitación muy cómoda para pasar el tiempo libre.
Living room description translation
The living room of my house is quite simple. There are several ornaments around the room, including some family photos. We have light blue sofas and a coffee table in the middle. The room has a window overlooking the street and the window has orange curtains. There is also quite a large carpet. There is plenty of ventilation so it’s a very comfortable room to spend free time.

Listening Activity: The living room in Spanish – La sala

Listen to a conversation in Spanish between two friends about a living room in Spanish and its decoration. Take notes of important details in the conversation and pay attention to the way quantifiers are used, as well as other important structures presented in previous lessons. Press Play to begin the conversation.

Key expressions in the conversation:

  1. Me dan ganas de… and “Tengo ganas de…” mean “I feel like…”
  2. Todavía necesito… means “I still need to…”
Conversation script: La sala en español
Alicia: Ven Marcos, quiero mostrarte la sala de mi casa.
Marcos: Bien, vamos entonces… (pasos y puerta) wow… veo que tienes una sala muy bonita Alicia.
Alicia: Gracias. Me gusta decorar las habitaciones, especialmente la sala. Todavía necesito hacer varios cambios.
Marcos: A mi me gusta como luce. Me gustan los colores de las cortinas y los sofás. Veo que tienes muchos libros en el librero.
Alicia: Tomé ideas de algunas revistas, de fotos en Internet y le dí mi toque personal. Si tengo bastantes libros. Digamos que Leer es uno de mis pasatiempos favoritos.
Marcos: Las lámparas, las sillas, la alfombra y todos los objetos de tu sala combinan muy bien. Me dan ganas de venir más seguido a visitarte.

Quiz - What are they saying about the living room in Spanish?

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