Has the traditional lounge gone the same was as the dining room?

(40 Posts)
Kitttty Thu 26-Dec-13 22:38:51

ie extinct? -- if you have a stunning lounge/kitchen/diner -- do you just need a TV snug rather than a formal lounge? Would the formal lounge never be used?

DropDeadThread Thu 26-Dec-13 22:40:10

I hate open plan kitchen living rooms. All those cooking smells. Ugh.

MyBachisworsethanmybite Thu 26-Dec-13 22:41:16

What's a traditional lounge and how does it differ from a tv snug?

I hate kitchens in living rooms: I like smells and dirty washing up to be away from where I relax.

BitOfFunWithSanta Thu 26-Dec-13 22:41:17

I still like a front parlour to receive daughters' swains/the vicar etc.

Snardvark Thu 26-Dec-13 22:48:14

I still have a separate living room. Then a kitchen/diner.

wetaugust Thu 26-Dec-13 22:56:31

Really dislike the living / dining / kitchen all together.

Of course it's cheaper to build homes that way but to me it would be like living in a bed-sit.

wonkylegs Thu 26-Dec-13 22:57:20

I have a living room & a dining room

AnythingNotEverything Thu 26-Dec-13 23:03:14

We have an open plan kitchen/dining/loving room, but the living room but has French style doors so you can close it off.

Bloody good job as it's a bugger to heat the while space in winter!

AnnoyingOrange Thu 26-Dec-13 23:05:24

Either a kitchen diner or a lounge diner is fine as long as the kitchen smells/dishwasher noise are separate from the after dinner relaxing

wetaugust Thu 26-Dec-13 23:07:38

I must have the quietest dishwasher on the planet. I know it's integrated so that will mask some noise but I can barely hear it when I'm standing next to it. (Bosch)

FionasFatFairy Thu 26-Dec-13 23:08:37

We have a double size reception, which is currently both the living room and dining room.

Earlier this year we turned the former fining room into a playroom.

We also have a 3rd reception glorified corridor filled with bookshelves

GooseRocks Thu 26-Dec-13 23:11:57

We have a separate lounge. Would never buy a house with a kitchen/diner/lounge, unless there was a further, separate, public room. Need to be able to hide from the dishes!

Gumps Thu 26-Dec-13 23:15:03

We have a kitchen diner and then an arch link to the living room. We also have a front room. We don't use it too much but I only have to look in the door and it makes me feel happy as it is so pretty and calming.

RRudolphR Thu 26-Dec-13 23:22:50

We have a kitchen, diner with sitting area and then a separate ounge with the telly in. I wont have a tv in the kitchen area

mawbroon Thu 26-Dec-13 23:27:55

We have a separate living room and a kitchen/diner. I like it that way!

BrownSauceSandwich Thu 26-Dec-13 23:44:15

Open plan kitchen/dining room is fine, but unlike anythingnoteverything, I'd prefer to keep the "loving room" entirely separate shock grin

Really though, we have stuck with the original separate kitchen/dining/living room layout of our house, and I like it that way. I do like other people's kitchen diners, but I like to be on my own when I'm cooking, and I love to be able to confine the smells and mess to one area.

Me2Me2 Fri 27-Dec-13 04:00:19

I used to like having separate kitchen but actually a major advantage of open plan is that, if you're cooking, washing up etc, everyone else in the room feels obliged to help grin

sleepywombat Fri 27-Dec-13 04:14:31

We have one room for everything, with all bedrooms off it. Hate it. Everything stinks of cooking. No walls against which to put bookshelves/other furniture. But 'open plan' is the norm here (Australia) & a good excuse for making minuscule houses look bigger & sell them for ridiculous amounts.

Some people with bigger houses have 'media' rooms &/or 'rumpus' rooms round here (playroom sort of thing with massive screen). But yes, dining room & 'lounge' more or less extinct.

madamecake Fri 27-Dec-13 04:51:36

We have a separate kitchen, living room and dining room. Love it, as can close the kitchen door and hide the mess, and I love the formal feel of a separate dining room.

I do wish my kitchen was large enough to fit a small table or breakfast bar so we had the option of eating in there sometimes, but I'd rather have the current layout than just a kitchen diner.

flatmum Fri 27-Dec-13 05:05:42

We have a kitchen diner and separate living room with tv in it. separate playroom with another tv in it. This works well I think. I really like being able to real and watch tv without being distracted by stuff that needs doing in the kitchen.

I wouldn't want to go totally open plan with kitchen/diner/lounge all in one place as you see now in some modern houses - we are a family of 5 and there would be nowhere for dc to do homework/DP to watch his bring sports etc. and the noise levels would drive me insane. I like to shut myself in the living room and wtch tv sometimes when they are in the kitchen/diner playing games, fighting etc.

I think there will be a backlash against total open plan. Think you need at least one separate reception room.

nooka Fri 27-Dec-13 05:09:27

We have an open plan kitchen/diner and living room (although the stairs and fireplace provide a barrier) and are planning on taking the wall out between the kitchen and formal dining room to make one big L shaped room. I really like open plan and we tend to use the dining room as a bit of a dumping ground. But it's a big house, and we have a separate den downstairs.

AnythingNotEverything Fri 27-Dec-13 07:16:03

We love our open plan layout (especially the loving room - really should proof read before submitting!) but I agree there'll be a backlash at some point. We're expecting to have to erect some walls before we sell next time, but that might be 10 years.

And YY, open plan dies cause headaches for furniture. Walls are useful!

MrsAMerrick Fri 27-Dec-13 09:35:43

We have an L shape kitchen diner with a seating area at one end ( sofa and two chairs) but we also have a living room with sofas, piano, tv etc and fireplace. We don't use the living room that much but I' m glad we've got it, I wouldn't be without it as when we've got guests etc they are away from the food preparation. I wouldn't wantvto have a house wiith no separate living room.

hootloop Fri 27-Dec-13 09:39:11

I have 3 reception rooms, currently a living room, dining room and playroom. As the children get older the playroom will return to being the formal front room.

Procrastreation Fri 27-Dec-13 09:41:40

I love our house - it has equal nice sized kitchen/diner and lounge. The kitchen is big enough to eat it & do a lot of DC living in (eg homework, Christmas tree etc). This means that the lounge can indulge my suave living fantasies: it has TV? Piano, books, nice sofa & a drinks cabinet - and generally absolutely no toys. It's the evening room with a different feel to the day room.

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