New Home Trend: The Keeping Room
The Keeping Room: A multitasking Colonial revival and the Heart of the home
Perhaps you’ve noticed this cozy room in newer homes just off the kitchen that hosts a sofa, fireplace, built-ins and possibly a small breakfast table. This is what is called the “Keeping Room”. Originating in Colonial times, this room, located off of the kitchen but connected to it, was the hearth and heart of the home. Because central heating did not yet exist, this room was often the warmest in the house due to its proximity to the kitchen fireplace/cooking area. During the day the family would gather here to complete indoor domestic chores, and sometimes sleep in this room during the winter months.
Entertaining Dream Room
Present day homeowners are using this room for a multitude of reasons. The saying “people always end up in the kitchen” isn’t just a cliche. While entertaining this area can be a lovely conversational area for people to go to while the host prepares the food and drinks, and because it is connected to the kitchen the conversation with the host doesn’t need to stop.
Ways to entice guests to make themselves at home in your keeping room:
- Add extra seating with pillows and cushions
- Add side tables with kitschy beverage napkins and small bowls of munchies.
The kitchen has a way of becoming the all purpose room. The keeping room is an ideal space for your children to complete a craft activity, finish homework, read or play on their tablet. Don’t forget Fido! Pets can also find this to be their little nook too. A pet bed, toy baskets, scratching posts, and feeding area will help to keep them for getting underfoot while you’re preparing dinner.
Ways to make the keeping room family friendly:
- Add a child size table
- Shelving for storing books, Board Games, bins of crafting materials. small table toys and school supplies,
- Comfy chairs, pillows and a basket of blankets
- Lap Desk for homework
- Pet Beds
- Feeding Area
- Basket of Pet Toys
Create a Keeping Room while keeping on Budget
Even if you don’t have a designated room you might want to repurpose your eat in kitchen and utilize that underused dining room.
- Add built in shelving to the existing walls painted in a contrasting color or line the back with a bold wall paper.
- Storage for your cook books and serving platters will bring them out of hiding and to center stage.
- Create a window seat with built in storage underneath for large but rarely used appliances (bread maker, Rice Cooker, food processor).
- Add a small Benchwright table across from the window seat and you still have an area for eating, writing and games.
- Add a pinch of color with a rug or pillows and don’t forget the arm chairs.
Featured Home with a Keeping Room
Home improvement not your thing? We recently acquired a Willowchase listing with a newly remodeled kitchen with a custom keeping room. This beautiful home features a ______ sq ft. area just off the gourmet kitchen with a stone gas fireplace, tailor made flat screen frame. recess lighting, plantation shutters and ample space for cozy seating. It also features a wet bar and seating with built in shelving off of the kitchen island.
Heart of your home
Whether you are planning a kitchen remodel or looking for a new home all together, a Keeping Room is one space you will want to have on your list for it’s ability to be both functional and comfy. It is sure to become the most treasured room in the house.