We recently received some photos from interior designerIrena Ivanova, taken in a residence she completed just outside Sofia, in Bulgaria. We found the contemporary ceilings with integrated lighting effects interesting and thought of sharing them further. The project is part of a home especially developed for a family with three children and divided into two floors. The first level is partially presented in the photos below. It features an open plan living and dining area. With three types of lighting – hidden-, built-in and hanged lamps, this part of the house can easily change its atmosphere at a push of a light generating button. Traditional pendant lights contrast the modern ceiling, adding warmth and variety. What is your stand on this type of lighting effects? Would you consider having hidden lights in your ceiling? If you have photos of a similar project, don’t hesitate to share them on our Facebook page.
And who says recessed living areas need to be indoors? Your outdoor space can benefit just as much from sunken seating, as evidenced by this elegant, stone-lined patio by Dean Herald-Rolling Stone Landscapes. And for one final dose of sunken living room eye candy, feast your eyes on this over-the-top living area by Chris Barrett Designs. The former estate of Johnny Carson features giant windows overlooking a cliff in Malibu, so it’s no wonder a safe and plush sunken sofa was added to ground the space.
Vega Architecture’s design for the Busch Home in Lakewood, CO is a wonderful example of how a sunken living room can still maintain a sleek, modern look. By keeping the depth of the pit fairly shallow and using furniture with clean, wooden lines, the space still feels light and airy. A pop of warm, lighter colored carpeting also creates a nice texture change when paired with the harder but more durable tile used on the higher level. When Amber Flooring installed their engineered prefinished square edge Stilnovo-Afrormosia planks throughout the Los Gatos home, they didn’t forget the living area’s conversation pit. Now the space is lined with the warm material, making it the perfect spot to curl up around the fireplace.