Sunken living rooms may have a retro vibe to them, but they are anything but outdated. In fact, this feature has become very popular in modern design because it is an intimate, minimalist approach to a living area.
There are a few different versions of this style, from the sunken living rooms that look like another half-level to ones in the middle of a space where the sofa surrounds the entire perimeter of it. Both offer different elements of design, but have the same general appeal.
Here are ten examples of stylish sunken living rooms done right, including a version for outdoor living.
A fireplace adds to the warmth and coziness of this elegant sunken living room.
A sunken living room is perfect for a minimalist, modern approach to design, seen here in this ultra sleek space.
The dip into the living room helps create separation between it and the dining room.
Though this living room is close to the front door, the sunken nature of it makes it feel more intimate and defined.
The split level design gives this space architectural interest and an intriguing flow.
The sunken look can be captured outside with hedges and a built-in sofa.
The simple effect of different levels and dividing cabinets provides separation to the spaces that also makes it feel more grand.
This industrial space looks chic and modern with the sunken living room, which provides some definition to the open floor plan.
The space looks clean, elegant, and visually open when the furniture is removed from eye level.
What do you think about sunken living rooms? Would you ever consider incorporating one into your home?