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Sitting Rooms

The sitting room is where we catch up over coffee, watch our favourite TV shows after work and host a cocktail party or two, so – seeing as we spend so much time in this room - it’s important to choose sitting room decoration that will stand the test of time. Here are a few lounge ideas to get the ball rolling and assist you in selecting a comfortable sofa, statement coffee table and unique table lamps to create a space worth showing off.

Master Pieces

Sitting Rooms - Master Pieces

With a background like this, everything gleams. The velvet pillows appear jewel-like and the gold feathers shimmer. Each element has been carefully considered – small details like the door handles and curtains complement the color scheme while the orange pillow and tulip prints pay homage to the Dutch Masters.

Set In Stone

Sitting Rooms - Set In Stone

Sue showcased different woods in the sitting room, such as recycled pine, elm, oak and beech, to introduce texture without impacting the palette chosen especially for the look. Not everything had to match – it was more important to get the color and texture right, hence the artfully mismatched side tables. Multiple accessories decorate the space, but they aren’t all grouped, allowing your eye to spend time on each one.

Second Nature

Sitting Rooms - Second Nature

Lucinda's sitting room is a collage of design styles – a classic English sofa and deep-buttoned ottoman mingle with décor that hints at Asian art. The geometric, gold-framed furniture sharpens the look and brings balance, along with the pair of lamps and set of mirrored wall art panels, resulting in a space that feels calm and relaxed.

Calm & Collected

Sitting Rooms - Calm & Collected

The keyhole mirror, marble fireplace and patterned rug permeate the sitting room with classic flair whereas an asymmetrical layout gives it a lived-in vibe. The soft colors and natural light draw you in, encouraging you to curl up on the sofa with one of the room's many coffee table books.

Sitting Rooms - Calm & Collected

Take To The Hills

Sitting Rooms - Take To The Hills

It was important to keep the sitting room cool in a warm climate, so Sue stuck to a mainly neutral palette but included a few darker tones, which come through in the pillows, lampshades and tables. The spectacular tree, the centerpiece of the room, introduces drama and a natural element.

The Angel of Islington

Sitting Rooms - The Angel of Islington

The sitting room was a real opportunity to add color. Lucinda used bold red, charcoal and gold accessories on the neutral palette, including a bright rug, ottoman, armchairs and lamps. Rather than furnishing her small sitting room with small furniture, she used a large corner sofa to maximize space and create an entertaining area.

Isle Be Here

Sitting Rooms - Isle Be Here

Sue’s sitting room is as stunning as its view of the clear, blue Aegean Sea. The colors used in this look are evocative not only of Santorini’s azure waters and sandy beaches, but also its pretty Cycladic houses and blue-domed churches. Full of comfortable places to sit, this light and airy living area is exactly where you want to be after a day exploring the island’s labyrinth of narrow, sun-drenched streets.

Loft and Found

Sitting Rooms - Loft and Found

A pared-back color palette of browns and neutrals complements the architecture of the property and creates a sense of calm. Pops of rich charcoal, citrine and mustard, on luxurious materials, add depth and tie the room together. The loft is big and open plan, so it was key to introduce plenty of accessories to ensure that the space felt welcoming. Nature-inspired items, like faux coral, and natural textures, such as wood and rattan, provide the perfect antidote to the industrial aesthetic.