Express Your Style with a Sitting Area

Express Your Style with a Sitting Area | thedesignfiles.net | design-vox.com

I love a good sitting area. Whether it’s part of a living room or just a single chair tucked in a corner, they’re such a good opportunity to express your style while also creating a nice spot to sit and take a rest. Chairs in particular are a piece of furniture that can take on so many different forms making them the perfect piece to provide a moment of interest and personal flair. That is if you don’t just settle for the La-Z-Boy.

Express Your Style with a Sitting Area | lerkenfeldt.dk | design-vox.com

Admittedly this shot isn’t exactly realistic from a space and styling point of view, but I still love that light pink chair and brass floor lamp. As hip as you may feel putting your books on the floor, a (reachable) side table is recommended. :p

Express Your Style with a Sitting Area | heckerguthrie.com | design-vox.com

Check out that chair! It’s almost like a hybrid between a chair and a hammock. Very fun. If something needs a little extra softness a sheepskin is almost always a good idea. IKEA sells them for cheap! I’ve had one of IKEA’s for several years now and it’s held up beautifully.

one | Brooke Pertzel via The Design Files
twoHeidi Lerkenfeldt via The Design Chaser
three | Hecker Guthrie via My White Room

Do I Like Leather?

Do I Like Leather? | abigailahern.wordpress.com | design-vox.com

I have never been a leather girl. In the past it has always just screamed “bachelor pad!” at me. But ever so slowly over the last couple years I have been exposed to some good leather, and it’s forcing me to reconsider. The key for me seems to be that it has to be an excellent, rich color and feel, and it should probably be vintage and worn, or at least weathered to look vintage. I love the above room but I actually don’t love black leather. It can be good but only maybe 10% of the time, in my opinion.

Do I Like Leather? | remodelista.com | design-vox.com

This gorgeous chair meets all the criteria. I literally used to hate this color, but now a good caramel leather it absolutely the best in my mind. Plus with that tufting, that vintage shape, and that worn finish, you can’t go wrong. Not to mention the lovely surroundings.

Do I Like Leather? | triciajoyce.com/photographers/alec-hemer | design-vox.com

To be perfectly honest if you showed me this chair on a showroom floor or in a different style house I would probably say I hate it. The rest of this space is so cool and stylish that it elevates the chair. I really want dark walls.

one | Abigail Ahern
two | Remodelista via Blood & Champagne
threeAlec Hemer via desire to inspire

A Cozy Spot

A Cozy Spot | abigailahern.wordpress.com | design-vox.com

This is Abigail Ahern‘s bedroom (she has since changed it). I just can not get over her style. So daring and personal and luxurious but in a totally irreverent and casual way. It’s wonderful if you have room in a bedroom to create a little sitting area like this. Especially if it involves old, worn, caramel leather.

A Cozy Spot | milkmagazine.net | design-vox.com

How charming is this? Again: daring, personal, luxurious but casual. Perhaps that needs to be my new mantra. This would be such a sweet corner to have brunch with the family at. Who would have thought to squeeze a corner bench in there right up against the fireplace surround? It totally works. It is really hard to sell me on leather but I definitely have an affinity for that caramel color. My boyfriend really wants to get this leather sofa for his future man cave and I totally approve. (The pictures online don’t do it justice. Much nicer in person.)

A Cozy Spot | remodelista.com | design-vox.com

Ah, so serene. Beautiful Moroccan-style blankets and pillows create soft visual interest while remaining neutral and easy on the eyes. I’m imagining waking up early, brewing that fresh coffee, and whiling away the morning with a magazine and some soft music playing. Whose with me?

one | Abigail Ahern
two | Andrea Chu for Milk via dustjacket attic
threeBen Mayorga for Remodelista via nicety

Pretty Patterned Decor

Pretty Patterned Decor | lonny.com | Featured on Design-Vox.com

Three sitting areas for you today that all use wonderful patterns. Mixing patterns is very much on-trend right now, in a good way. I find some people have a negative view of “trendiness” while others embrace trends to a fault. Trends can be bad, good, fleeting, or long-lasting. The key is to examine each individually and determine whether it makes sense for your home and most importantly, whether it makes you happy.

Pattern mixing is one of those trends that can be pretty easy to give a try because it can be accomplished with small pieces like pillows and art. Or if you’re feeling bold and awesome, not-so-small pieces like a decorative screen or rug. Do I love zebra print? No. Do I love what it does for the above room? Yes.

Pretty Patterned Decor | susankroeger.com | Featured on Design-Vox.com

Of course patterns add so much to a room even when you aren’t layering them like crazy on top of each other. These bright pillows give the space a jolt of color while the rug’s pattern is more subtle but still visually interesting. This wallpaper has an even more subtle and textured pattern.

Pretty Patterned Decor | jhinteriordesign.com | Featured on Design-Vox.com

If you favor a little more simplicity but still want liveliness, this sitting area is one to emulate. I adore this creamy white drapery and clean-lined chest of drawers. The rug is obviously the life of the party. The mirrors and hanging planters that they reflect form an abstract pattern of their own. I hope this inspires you to play with patterns. As long as you don’t pronounce it “patt-er-in” like a former design instructor of mine– oh, that drove me crazy.

one | Tara Guérard for Lonny via Savvy Home
two | Susan Kroeger via The Pursuit of Style
three | Jessica Helgerson, photo by Andrew Cammarano, via Design*Sponge

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