Good Questions: What Should I Do With This Undefined Room?

Good Questions: What Should I Do With This Undefined Room?

Maxwell Ryan
Oct 2, 2007

Hello AT,

I recently leased and moved into a newly renovated 1920s 2-bedroom house. It's been absolutely amazing thus far, but I've been having a bit of trouble filling one of the rooms. The rooms flow into each other through arched doorways, and everything has a defined place, except for this one undefined room, right in the middle of the house...

It seems like it was originally intended as a dining room, as it is between the kitchen and living room. Because of the bar, I don't want or need a dining room table (the bar is big enough to seat six all the way around). Friends have suggested making it a type of lounge room, but with my living room right beside it, that seems redundant. I just don't know what to do with this room!

This unnamed room gets the least bit of light than any of my other rooms (it only has one window, part of which is obscured by my window AC), and also is the only one that's going to be forced to serve dual purposes. Any ideas?

My library is currently in my bedroom, and although there's room for it, it could probably be moved. Would you suggest partitioning half of the room with bookcases (maybe something with hollow spaces so light can come through) and making it a cozy nook for reading? Or, should I just go with the flow of the house and leave it open?

Thanks! Liz

Dear Liz,

This is a tough one. Modern life doesn't always fit into the rooms designed ages ago for a more traditional life.

We have no perfect answer short of knocking down the wall between this and the living room so that you have one big living space.

In the short term, however, we'd make it a nice flexible space with a round table in the middle that can be used for meals or projects.

We also like your idea of creating a study here, and that could easily be integrated with the table if you focus the reading nook on the far end of the room.

In short, we think a table in the middle is a necessary element in the space and feel that you will find yourselves using it for many purposes. In addition, if you want to really warm this room up, go heavy on the lighting. 3 to 4 good light fixtures will illuminate this dark space and make it much more welcoming.

Anyone else???

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