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?

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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