August Postcards: How to plan that Tricky Middle Room

I promised you this post on what to do with the tricky middle room some time ago and while it won’t be relevant to all of you, you should still find some general ideas that apply to any renovation about making the space work for you and how you live rather than just accepting it as it was when you moved in.

So to take the classic example of the terraced house which would, originally, have had a front room – the parlour – a dining room in the middle and a small kitchen, scullery, pantry arrangement depending on the size of the house and the number of servants… Read on

Kate Watson-Smyth

The author Kate Watson-Smyth

I’m a journalist who writes about interiors mainly for The Financial Times but I have also written regularly for The Independent and The Daily Mail. My house has been in Living Etc, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Street Journal & Corriere della Sera. I also run an interior styling consultancy Mad About Your House. Welcome to my Mad House.


  1. When you previously showed some paneling, someone wondered whether it might appear contemporary. The Hoxton hotel demonstrates that it most certainly can. The chunky squares, in my opinion, are quite flexible and do not belong to any one age.

  2. We had a middle room in my old house and we had all the other rooms connected to that one. Kitchen, 2 other rooms, and the laundry room doors were connected to our middle room. I liked the way you used it!

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