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Sitting Room Design Ideas

The sitting room or living room is typically an area in your home where you gather with friends and family in an intimate setting featuring your most elegant décor. Most sitting rooms have a fireplace as the focal point to create warmth and ambience. In today's new home designs they are often spaces that adjoin the dining room, great room or kitchen making it easy to entertain.

This house plan has well-designed family living spaces that feature a vaulted formal living room and dining room off the foyer and a cozy sitting room with fireplace that overlooks the covered patio.

In larger homes a sitting room can be found in several areas of the home including part of a master suite where homeowners can go and retreat to read a good book or enjoy a morning coffee with their significant other.

No matter where you place your sitting room (the sunny side of your home with lots of windows is a must if you can), you'll need to figure out how to design it so it complements the décor of your home and inspires you to want to spend time there.

While you want this room to be special and elegant, you don't want it to lose its appeal to be a gathering place by over indulging in delicate and extravagant pieces of furniture that look like they belong in a museum because your guests may be uncomfortable sitting there.

If you're looking for creative ways to adorn your sitting room, you can combine fine home decorative accents with some rich, modern colors and millwork. Try using bright colors like yellow to draw guests and combining them with subtle shades of tan and pewter to add elegance to the design. Don't forget little touches like throw pillows, framed artwork, mirrors and vases filled with gorgeous, scented flowers.

When choosing sofas and chairs you'll want something that is lush and comfortable like Italian silk or suede. Since this room doesn't have a ton of daily traffic (and probably is not a room the children can play in) you can pamper yourself with luxurious sitting and accessories like gorgeous cashmere throws.