I was talking to a client today about the demise of these "formal" rooms, as more home owners seek open living spaces in which to converge, cook, discuss the days events and generally "hang out". Yes, there also needs to be a TV/Family/Living room but increasingly, I'm noticing the traditional formal room is not only being shunned (my grandmother's dining room was referred to as the museum!) but renovated to be changed into something far more practical ie: bedrooms, studies or walls knocked down to encompass larger one room living spaces. Not that open plan is always a good thing for some. Indeed, as much as I like my large family/kitchen area, it's also a form of escapism to retreat to a separate area where the family can't find me - preferably with a good book and a block of chocolate! So, out of interest, who here still uses their formal dining rooms for the purpose they were intended for? My guess is that, as our lives change and we adapt to less fancy get togethers for meals and family/friends (remember dinner parties?) they're going to be phased out altogether in new builds and become soon a thing of the past.