Post # 1
Hi all. Need ideas, I have no imagination!! This room is off of my kitchen and connects to a very long living room area. The previous owners used it as there dining room but the living room is so long i prefer to split it into living room and dining room, leaving this room empty. there are no windows, just three walls as u can see two have archways and the view is being taken from the dining room which is open right to here. and it’s not a very big space. we already have an office, and a full kitchen. What the heck can I do here???
Post # 2
- Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN
confusedbridehere: Like, how close to the kitchen? I have seen on shows on HGTV where they would knock the wall out and make it a small sitting area attached to the kitchen for people to sit when you are entertaining. That way you can interact with them while cooking, etc and they are not out in the living room and leaving you out of the conversations.
Post # 3
MrsUPS: Yes! I’ve heard those called keeping rooms or hearth rooms.
Post # 4
confusedbridehere: I would have kept it as the dining room as it is closer to the kitchen, rather than dragging food through this rooom to get to the dining room.
The living room can easily be divided into two conversation areas.
Failing that, you could make this area into a more casual brakfast area if you don’t have room in the kitchen, or a library with bookshelves, a comfortable chair and a reading lamp.
Post # 5
Craft/office? Breakfast nook? Pantry?
Post # 6
julies1949: I agree – I’d keep the dining room close to the kitchen. Then you can split your living room. Are there any activities you guys like to do? Board games? Puzzles? Arts and crafts? Any of you play musical instruments? You can set up an area in the living room for your hobbies or just a study area with bookshelves/desk/computer.
Post # 7
- Wedding: April 2013 - A court...
I agree with Julies, I would’ve split up the living room into two and used the second part to add a bookcase, chairs, and etc to make it into a little reading area.
Post # 8
I would keep it as the dining room and then have your living room separated into the “family room” with the TV, and then have the other end be a more formal sitting area for reading or if you have a piano put it there because they take up lots of space
Post # 9
The only reason I wanted to split the living area is because the china closet doesn’t fit in this room (pictured) which should be the dining room. It’s too high and doesn’t fit in the ceiling!! So the dining room table will be here but the china closet has to go in the second half of the living room. All great ideas!
Post # 10
confusedbridehere: It’s perfectly ok to put your china cabinet in the living room. Maybe add a round table in front of it for board ganes, cards, homework for possible future kids etc.
At the other end of the living room you can have your conversational and tv watching area.
Post # 11
DH and I have a similar room in our townhome. There is a wide breakfast bar connecting the room to the kitchen.
We put my family hand me down rocker and a comfy chair and ottoman in the room. We also set up our record player and vinyl collection. It’s nice when one of us are preparing dinner, the other usually sits in a comfy chair so we can talk about our day without one person awkwardly standing around the kitchen.
I love listening to the classic jazz and swing albums when I’m cooking. And, it’s nice to have a seperate sitting area to use when DH has his friends over in the living room.