Ok, so we’ve all had those dreams of going to the toilet in public!
But what does it mean? And what about bathrooms in general, and other rooms like kitchens and bedrooms?
This article explores the most common meanings of different rooms, and gives you some pointers so you can interpret them in your own dreams. We will also consider some bible references, and how to apply the dream meaning to our lives.
The symbolic nature of dreams
Firstly, if you have just come across this post and are new to dream interpretation, it is worth mentioning that dreams are symbolic in nature. You might find it helpful to read Dreams as parables and Symbolic language in dreams to give you a foundation.
Secondly, remember that dreams are personal, so the meanings that I suggest may not apply to your specific dream. But please feel free to use my ideas as a springboard to thinking and praying about dreams yourself. Don’t take my ideas as gospel, but rather let them help you start to think metaphorically.
In a previous article we discussed the meaning of houses and buildings in dreams. We have established that a house usually represents our life, or an aspect of our life; and larger buildings can represent larger groups of people or organisations.
Within that context, the specific room can also be a key to understanding the dream – and the area of life it is about. (See considering the context of a dream).
How to interpret a room in a dream
With room meanings, the main thing to think about is what we normally do in the room. Consider which activities usually take place there, and what they might mean symbolically.
The position of the room in the house can also be relevant. For example, if the house is like our body, the attic could be our mind – as it’s at the top, and the basement could be things that are ‘below the surface’. Rooms at the front of the house (like a porch) could be about the future, and rooms at the back could be about the past.
If the room has a prominent or unusual feature, then that could be the most important indicator of its meaning. For example, if a room was painted bright green, then that would be the thing to think about first.
To summarise, here are some good questions to ask regarding rooms:
- What is the purpose and function of this room?
- What usually happens in this room?
- Is there anything unusual or notable about this room?
- What is the position of this room in relation to the whole building?
Rooms in the bible
The bible is full of imagery and can help us understand dream symbols. (See The bible as a dream dictionary).
There are lots of different rooms mentioned in the bible: Outer rooms and inner rooms; upper rooms, store rooms; treasury rooms; etc.
For those of you who know the bible, my suggestion would be this: If you dream about a room that you know is in the bible, research the references to that type of room, and see whether it seems relevant to your dream.
For example, I recently dreamed about staying in a secret room that nobody knew about. The bible talks about the secret place (or inner room) as a reference to prayer. So I knew that, for me, this dream was a call to spend time alone with God.
But as for you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6
Some specific examples
We will now consider some examples, to help you start to think symbolically!
The following examples were originally a number of individual posts on Facebook, which have been combined into this blog post by popular request!
To see the original series, visit my Facebook Group – a place where we share tips about interpreting dreams, and also discuss our own dreams.
The living room is generally where we do life: We spend time together as a family; we invite friends round; and we spend time relaxing – watching TV and reading, etc.
So in dreams, the living room usually represents our life in general, or the main part of our daily life. The clue is also in the word ‘living’. It is how we are living our life. It can also represent the life of our family, or a group of people we are connected too (depending on the size – see houses and buildings)
Sometimes it can be the part of us that we allow other people to see, for example when we have people round it is the place where we often invite them to sit. So it can represent the more visible aspects of our character.
Recently I dreamed that my son had invited lots of people into our living room. This was about me opening up my life to all of you – as I share about my dreams in this blog!
Common elements of living rooms:
CHAIRS: Could represent rest and relaxation.
WATCHING TV: Could represent vision.
Kitchens and dining areas
The meaning of kitchens can vary, depending on what we are doing in them. I often dream of kitchens (but then I am a homemaker – so it’s not surprising – I spend a lot of time in them!)
In some houses, the kitchen is like a FAMILY ROOM, and is the place the family gathers. Open plan kitchen-living-dining areas are popular these days. This would then be similar to the living room (as descibed above). It would be about our general life, or the life of our family/group.
For some people, the kitchen can be the HEART OF THE HOME – maybe representing what is in our heart, and what is coming out of our heart.
The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart. Luke 6:45
The kitchen is often the SOURCE OF FOOD AND DRINK. I mainly prepare food in my kitchen, which in dreams – symbolically – is like providing spiritual food for others. It could be any kind of help, teaching, information, help or advice that we are giving out to others.
The kitchen can also be a DINING AREA, and we can be the ones who are eating/receiving! Food can be the spiritual food (teaching, or any input) we are receiving, or the things we are accepting/believing. A kitchen or dining area in a dream, therefore, could represent a place where we go to receive teaching or equipping, like a church, or a place we go to learn things.
However a TABLE is also a place of fellowship, a place where people meet together and relate, so could be about a group of people we are part of; a place of gathering together, or fellowship.
Other common elements of kitchens
A TAP: Water comes from the tap, and in the UK we have good fresh mains water – indicating a good source, such as the flow of God’s Spirit. In some countries, the equivalent might be a water dispenser in the fridge, or a spring/well. However if the water is dirty or contaminated – then that would mean the opposite.
A FRIDGE: If it is full of food, it could indicate things we have learnt that are stored up – like a wealth of experience to draw from.
A SINK: This is usually where we do our washing-up, maybe representing some cleansing taking place. Some countries have waste disposal units, and using one could indicate that there are unhelpful things in our life that need to be removed – or maybe they have served their purpose and it’s time to move on.
We don’t normally invite visitors into our bedroom. So generally speaking, a bedroom is likely to be about the more private areas of our life.
An exception might be if we are a child/student, or living in a bedsit, and it’s our only space – in which case it could be more like a living room in meaning!
Sleep and rest
A bedroom is usually a place where we go there to sleep, rest and receive refreshing. Sometimes we go there when we are ill and need time to recover.
It can feel like the bible-inspired secret place, where we hide away for time alone with God. For example, I dreamed I went into my parents’ bedroom in my childhood home to ‘talk to Dad’. This represented my relationship with Father God and time alone with Him.
BEING ASLEEP: This can represent being unaware of something, and WAKING UP can be realising the truth!
AN ALARM CLOCK: This is like a wake-up call, or a call to action!
BEING IN PYJAMAS: This can symbolise that we are not yet ready (dressed) for what we need to do next.
Of course, we also DREAM in bed! I have found that when beds and pyjamas figure in my dreams, it is often about my journey to understand dreams. If you are also on a similar journey, then the same might be true for you!
Intimacy in bedrooms can also be of the romantic/sexual type. I have found that this often symbolically represents coming into agreement with something – or coming into union/unity. This could obviously be good or bad, depending on the context!
If this is with our current partner or spouse, then usually that is a good thing, and often represents our intimacy with God. (The bible depicts Jesus as our husband – and us as His bride). We are growing in our relationship with Jesus, and this is often reflected in our dreams.
If this is with an old partner, or someone other than our current partner, it is probably not so good, and likely that we are slipping back into old habits – or ways of thinking that we should have left behind.
But again, there are many ways God can speak to us through these things so I always keep an open mind about it. I would ask God if this relationship in the dream is symbolic of a good or bad thing.
With sexual dreams, it’s worth noting that there could be other factors in play. For example, they could be soul dreams; reflecting our own desires. Or they could be physical, and triggered by our hormones. The atmosphere, feeling and degree of clarity in the dream will give you some good clues if that’s the case.
Real dream example
Once I was in a particularly difficult patch in my life, and I asked God for direction about what to do. I felt desperate, and cried out to Him for some sort of guidance in my dreams. That night I had the following dream:
Dream: Staying in a lovely bedroom
I was staying in a guest bedroom at my uncle and aunt’s house. It was quiet and peaceful – with a nice view of the garden.
By the bed was a box of ‘All Gold” chocolates. I opened them and it was full of chocolate hearts.
The dream symbols:
The dream felt wonderful, light and restful. I understood that the bedroom represented being in a place of peace and rest. The chocolates were heart shaped: a sign of love. The fact that they were ‘All-Gold’ told me that they were from God. (One of the things that gold represents in the bible is Divinity).
I understood the message easily, from the atmosphere of the dream: the lovely peace I felt, and the happiness of receivng a box of chocolates.
This was a message from God in answer to my questions: He wanted me to know that He was less concerned about what I would do, and more concerned that I would rest in Him, be at peace, and know that He loves me.
Bathrooms are pretty common in dreams. In bathrooms there are baths, toilets, showers, etc. All of this is generally about cleansing activities, so in general bathrooms are about the cleansing work going on in our lives: i.e., removing unhelpful ideas and habits.
Common elements of bathrooms
TAKING A SHOWER: Going through a cleansing process as described above.
WASHING HAIR: Renewing our thinking or needing wisdom.
TAKING A BATH: Cleansing, or maybe soaking in God’s presence.
GOING TO THE TOILET: Getting rid of unhelpful thinking and other stuff in our lives; repentance.
I dream a lot about HAVING A SHOWER IN PUBLIC, or GOING TO THE TOILET IN PUBLIC. This is often because other people can see the process I am going through and the change God is bringing in my life. This can be a helpful thing for others to see, so sometimes this type of dream is just an encouragement to be vulnerable in that respect! Sometimes the opposite is true and I am looking for a private toilet, indicating that this needs to be a private process. It depends very much on the context of the dream.
Rooms in dreams usually represent aspects/areas of our life.
I have shared some examples, which I hope will be a springboard to help you to think about your own dreams: Consider the purpose or function of the room, and what that could represent metaphorically.
Here are a few closing thoughts:
- A room in a dream could represent any number of things. The above ideas should give you a good starting point.
- I believe that only God can tell us what a symbol means in a specific dream, so you could try asking Him!
- Consider the colour, atmosphere and context of the dream to see whether the room is being used in a positive or negative sense.
- In additional to the meanings that I have shared, remember that it could mean something personal or culturally significant to you, that isn’t mentioned here.
When you figure out what a symbol means in your dream, make sure to keep a record of it somewhere, for future reference!
And most importantly – don’t give up! It takes time to learn your own personal dream language.
Have fun dreaming!