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What Do Rooms in Houses Mean in Dreams?

Updated on May 14, 2022
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If houses symbolize the body in dreams then rooms represent the cells. This article covers the following rooms in houses:

  • Bedroom
  • Attic
  • Basement
  • Bathroom
  • Kitchen

Interpreting rooms in houses is a great way to get to the meaning of dreams when pairing the action of the dream to the symbolism of the room in the house.

So let's move room to room and find out what's going on in our dream!



The bedroom is the place where we live out our private lives. From sleep to sex, we generally want what goes on in the bedroom to stay in the bedroom. Therefore, symbolically, the bedroom in dreams represents that which we want to stay under the covers.

One of all the areas we might want to keep hidden, the unconscious might be at the top of the list. Dreams about the bedroom might be asking us to examine what is going on in the places in our psyches that we might not want to look at.

Take a look at the bedroom in your dream. Is it neat and tidy or an absolute wreck? The state of the bedroom may indicate the state and condition of one's private life.



As the topmost portion of the house, the attic can symbolize our minds and what we have stored there.

In the waking world, attics often function as storage spaces. Sometimes attics hold long forgotten treasures, others, what's kept there are articles we should have tossed ages ago, but keep for reasons unknown to even ourselves.

Dream attics can symbolize thought patterns which we're clinging to despite having long outgrown them or ideas that we cling to like a child's security blanket.

Alternatively, attics can represent ideas we've forgotten we had--great ideas we've stored until we could put them to use. Attics in dreams may be saying that that time is now!

"Just as cells form the structure of the body, so do rooms form the structure of dream homes."



Kitchens are amazing dream symbols with a number of possible interpretations such as:

  • Creativity
  • Change/Transformation
  • Heart of a matter
  • Nourishment


We often describe ideas as that which is cooking or projects that we have brought to life as something we cooked up. Kitchens in dreams can stand in for creativity that is simmering in our minds or for fully baked ideas ready to take out of the oven.


Kitchens are the places wherein we are all magicians. We take items, mix them together, heat them up, assemble them and turn them into something altogether new. Kitchens in dreams can symbolize similar transformation, but the transformation happening is to ourselves.

While many people find change disturbing and disruptive, kitchen dreams are reassuring dreams in that regard because the change and transformation undergone is change that we are in charge of. It's change we're cooking up ourselves!

Heart of the Matter

Kitchens are called the heart of the house because they are the place where that which keeps us alive is created. Unlike many of the other rooms covered in this article, kitchens are not remotely private areas; they are used by everyone in the house and often by more than one person at a time.

Because a kitchen is a place vital to the welfare and life of household members, what goes on in the dream kitchen can symbolize what is non-negotiable or that which you cannot or will not forgo or do without.


Kitchens serve as the place where that which nourishes our bodies is prepared. But in many homes, kitchens also serve as areas wherein that which nourishes our souls is also served up. Many families gather in kitchens to cook together. Kitchens are the quintessential gathering places in homes where friends get together to share their lives.

A kitchen in a dream may serve to reinforce that you are being feeding your mind, soul, and body well.

Basement or Cellar


Basements are foundational structures; they are what is under that main part of the house. As a room that is underneath the main structure, the basement may serve as a symbol of that which is below the surface.

In dreams, that which is below the surface is typically the unconscious. Basements in dreams may be calling our attention to the contents of our psyches or to issues lurking in our minds that we may not want to see.

Basements can also serve as symbols for the root of a matter, the foundation of some problem or issue that needs attention or resolution.



Bathrooms are the places we go to eliminate waste, clean our bodies, or even to relax or rejuvenate ourselves.

To properly interpret what the bathroom means in a dream it is important to delineate what action is occurring in the dream. A dream of taking a bath in a bathroom will have a dramatically difference interpretation than one wherein a toilet is overflowing.

Baths can symbolize renewal and restoration.

A toilet spilling its contents may mirror waking life feelings of being overwhelmed with crap!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2019 Róisín Aisling Ireland


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