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?

eurochick Fri 27-Dec-13 09:42:00

We have an open plan kitchen/dining room/living room and love it. The smells really aren't a problem (and we cook an awful lot). It's so sociable when you have people round - the cook isn't shut off in a separate room unable to socialise. I had the same in the flat I owned before this house and will be looking for an open plan layout again when we move. I think it's great.

Norudeshitrequired Fri 27-Dec-13 09:45:29

We have a traditional sitting room, a separate dining room and a tv snug type room. The kitchen is separate as I like my food smells and dishwasher / washing machine noise to be kept away from the living spaces. Both the tv snug room and the sitting room have televisions so we can use different rooms if we don't fancy all watching the same thing.

YellowDahlias Fri 27-Dec-13 09:53:55

We are keeping our separate kitchen and then dining / reception room. We have a separate reception room on another floor.

Various people have seen our house and said why don't you knock through and create one big room but I HATE combined kitchen / reception rooms. We can shut our kitchen door and block off the sounds and smell from the main reception room.

We ruled out houses if they had combined kitchen / reception rooms.

Bonsoir Fri 27-Dec-13 10:00:49

We have a traditional floor plan with a very large entrance hall with, on one side, a "formal" sitting room and a dining room (separated by large glass doors) and on the other a kitchen that is large enough to eat in day to day. On a daily basis our dining room is a sort of play room cum library cum media room where we keep the television, computers, the piano, lots of books and DD's many dolls houses. That enables to keep the sitting room clutter free at all times.

I wouldn't have it any other way - I need one pretty, comfortable, tidy and peaceful room available to relax in at any time!

MinimalistMommi Fri 27-Dec-13 12:45:59

We have two receptions rooms and a separate kitchen, the kitchen has no door though, it is just a doorway if that makes sense.

MinimalistMommi Fri 27-Dec-13 12:46:39

I've read that Sarah Beeny thinks dining rooms will come back into fashion again...

insancerre Fri 27-Dec-13 12:51:19

hate open plan
we have a lounge/diner across the hall from the kitchen
we also have a second sitting room which could be the dining room

Open plan kitchen/dining area and a sitting area along the back of the house but we still have a separate dining room and a living room and a tv room. TV room was the Morning Room on the estate agents details and living room was the Drawing room. We even have the servants bells indicator!

Kitttty Fri 27-Dec-13 14:46:15

We have a large kitchen/diner with 2 large comfy sofas with rug and open fire (no TV) at a cosy end across the back of the house which opens up onto the garden - it is where we live day to day (quiet dishwasher, no cooking smells, no washing up sitting around) and where we entertain all the time - formal and informal.

Clutter free as kids have another playroom/TV/family room and we have a large laundry/utility room. We never use our formal lounge - and cant imagine an occasion when we would....as the cosy end of the kitchen is big and formal enough - I just cant imagine sitting someone in the formal lounge and then leaving them to go off to the kitchen to make them a cup of tea....and then come back with it - rather tahn them just sitting at the breakfast bar, dining table or kitchen sofas.

cafesociety Fri 27-Dec-13 15:02:04

I have a kitchen/diner with a sofa and woodburner in and tend to use it in the day time. There are French doors out into the garden.

I have a separate lounge which is very cosy in the winter evenings and cool in summer evenings.

Ihatemytoes Fri 27-Dec-13 15:45:49

We reinstated the wall between the dining room and living room a couple of years ago. Best thing we've done in the house, and we've done a lot! We now have a large kitchen, with the dining room off it, and a separate living room. The house works so much better now, I can be in the kitchen with the radio on, and not hear the tv in the living room, when the DC's have their friends round, they can be in their own space, no cooking smells in the living room.

We love having two reception rooms and use one as the "loud room" with the tv, wii and stereo in it and the other as the "quiet room" where I can go to read or do yoga. Both are separate from the dishwasher noise and mess in the kitchen. We're in rented at the moment and hope to find a house o buy hat we can set up the same way as it works really well for us.

CremeEggThief Fri 27-Dec-13 19:54:36

I love having a separate sitting room and kitchen/diner again, after years of lounge/diner and tiny kitchen. But my ideal is sitting room, dining room and kitchen, big enough to have a small table in. One day...

we have a front room with tv, corner sofa and coffee table. Double doors into the dining room and then a door into the kitchen.

wfrances Sat 28-Dec-13 12:21:06

we have 2 reception rooms, most of the street have knocked them together but that wouldn't suit us.

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