What’s the point of a dining room?

February 26th 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
What’s the point of a dining room?

What would you prefer in a Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford property a dining room or a kitchen? For some, it is an interior design issue that comes up again and again. With the upsurge of large open plan living room type kitchens, some have declared the dining room dead. 

Perhaps one of the main misconceptions in this debate is that rooms must be in constant use to prove their value. If you have a tiny city flat that may make sense. But in an area close to the city with more room to breathe, you can have both. Chigwell, Loughton and Woodford properties might even also boast summer sitting rooms, snugs, playrooms, and pantries.

The real luxury of space means that rooms don’t have to be used the whole time. And the dining room performs a unique function. The kitchen is great for most days and informal Friday night gatherings of family or friends. But a magical Christmas or Easter feast or a candlelit dinner party celebrating food, conversation, laughter, wine, flowers and the best crockery is hard to beat. 

The thing about a dedicated room to eat in like a dining room rather than the multitasking kitchen is that you are in a closed world. You can shut the door on piles of washing up and school bags and garden boots.  There can even be a delightful civilisation to eating in the dining room at the end of a busy day. Just the two of you once the kids are in bed and work is done, you can dine out in your very own home. 

The dining room has perhaps fallen victim to the digital world where people are too busy on their phones to eat together. Sitting with food on your laps watching the TV, or eating healthily while catching up with the family? A Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford property could give you the space to do both.