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Room by room interior design: the Sitting Room

The Sitting Room, or parlour as it was known, was in the past used for special occasions only and it would be the dining room where families would gather. These days, it is seen as the most important room in the house where most activity takes place and hence frequently referred to as the living room. It has become the room where guest will be entertained but also where most day to day activity will take place.

The dining room as a formal entertainment room has become redundant for many families and is often used as an office space or some other function. Many families prefer the open kitchen diner space which brings the family together; especially where young children are involved.

What to consider when designing a Sitting Room

Open Plan Living RoomThe sitting room or living room has to work harder than all other rooms in the house as it is where multiple activities occur and it has to serve a number of purposes.

You should consider the following three points carefully before making any decisions regarding your design and decoration:

  • who is going to use this room?
  • what are you going to use it for?
  • when will you use it most?

The sitting room or living room is multipurpose and consideration should be given to the range of activities and functions such as:

  • Cosy family resting place
  • Place to watch TV, listen to music
  • Work from home space
  • Extra Storage space
  • Hobbies like sewing, musical instruments, art and many more

Everyone will have different requirements and priorities which need to be taken into consideration.

A good design starting point is to review the strengths and weaknesses of the room in terms of proportion, architecture and permanent features. You should take careful note of the natural daylight if the rooms is to be used mainly by day.

If there are any flaws in the room then these can be masked by aspects of the design. Make use of any focal point in the room for the design and use patterns and texture to help add layers to the room.

Your sitting room or living room is often your most public of rooms, always on show, naturally you will want to make the most of it.

If you need any advice or would like help with the design of your living space, Sara Corker Designs can help. Contact us today to discuss your project.

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