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13 Stylish Conversation Pits And Sunken Sitting Areas

You might be familiar with the term of conversation pit. It’s typically a feature that incorporates built-in seating and that is situated in a depressed section of flooring within a larger room. It could also be called a sunken sitting area. Most often, it features a coffee table in the center and it’s meant to be comfortable for those using it. It’s partially hidden and separated from the rest of the room and yet it’s a part of the main picture.

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Outdoor conversation pits are also a wonderful idea, perfect for large terraces

The advantage for conversation pits is that they bring the users closer together and allows them to interact better than they would in a normal sitting area where the persons sit on chairs, sofas and ottomans. The seats here face each other although this is not a mandatory feature. It’s a type of design that favors conversation, interaction and that also offers comfort. It’s perfect for small dinner parties, games or casual chats.

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In a large room, a circular conversation pit would look amazing
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When placed close to the window, the sitting area also offers beautiful views
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Rectangular sunken sitting areas are also very popular and can also very comfortable
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To add comfort and color to your sitting area you can use lots of throw pillows
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Use neutral colors that match the décor for a more elegant appeal
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The views and the décor are very important for a sitting area
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Surrounded by clear water, this conversation pit seems to float in the sky
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A Mediterranean-inspired outdoor sunken sitting area with a relaxing design
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An outdoor conversation pit completely surrounded by the pool
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A sunken sitting area on the patio allows you to use nature in your favor
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Combine your conversation pit with a tropical pool for a spectacular effect
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A fireplace in the center of the sitting area makes it feel even more comfortable

The only disadvantage that such a conversation pit or sitting area would present is that interacting with the persons standing above in the room can be uncomfortable. Still, the main idea for this design is to gather everyone inside the sitting area so there shouldn’t be such an occasion. Also, accidental falls may occur and it’s not the best choice for families with small children. Let’s now take a look at a few designs featuring sunken sitting areas and see what else they can offer.

Picture sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13.