Kitchen Fireplaces & Keeping Rooms
Fireplaces are obviously not new fixtures in kitchens; as the primary manner of cooking for centuries many people find fire synonymous with kitchens and food preparation. Instead of the large fireplaces serving as a centerpiece of the kitchen, many homeowners have chosen to incorporate a fireplace and other fixtures for gathering in a Keeping Room located just off the kitchen.
Keeping rooms also date back to colonial times when families would gather close to the kitchen fireplace to keep warm. Nowadays the kitchen is still the heart of the home and often the hub of all activities. Children and parents alike still want a place to gather close to the kitchen, but without children or guest under-feet while the household chefs are cooking! Traditionally these rooms would have brick or stone floors, but now we see wood floors more often with area rugs to soften the space.
A wall-mounted television, custom built-ins for books and toys, comfortable and functional furniture are just some of the things you would want to plan for your keeping room. A keeping room is meant to be cozy, so dark floors, painted bookcases, neutral rugs and furniture in calming tones are just some ideas for your décor.
Keeping rooms are not an emerging trend in Atlanta, but still tend to have a positive influence on a home’s resale value and buyer appeal. Do you have a keeping room? Show us: http://www.facebook.com/AKHomeRenovations
Are you seeing keeping rooms as a trend where you are?