9 Sunken Living Room Ideas That Prove This Throwback Trend Is Here to Stay

The Miller House

The Miller House in Columbus, Indiana, features an influential sunken living room designed by Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard. This space boasts creamy leather seating and jewel-toned cushions.

TWA Terminal: All-Over Red

Eero Saarinen's TWA Terminal at JFK Airport features a sunken lounge doused in red, resembling TWA’s logo. It now serves as a hotel and a stylish travelers' playpen.

Contemporary and Comfy

Marmol Radziner’s Los Angeles sunken living room features cream upholstery, a polished concrete floor, and an inky-black fireplace, fostering intimacy with a modern touch.

Cozy Neutrals

Eva Bradley's San Francisco home has a semi-sunken living room. Soft, retro-inspired Camaleonda sofas create a cozy conversation area, adding warmth to the crisp architecture.

Palm Springs Glamour

Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s Palm Springs retreat includes a sunken living room with C-shaped fuchsia sofas, terrazzo flooring, and luxurious fabrics, exuding retro-glam charm.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Jaqui Seerman’s Beverly Hills sunken living room features blond wood, rust-hued upholstery, and organic shapes, blending retro revival with modern refinement.

Retro Cave

The Flintstone House in Hillsborough, California, designed by William Nicholson, features a sunken living room with a tiled surround, stucco fireplace, and orange shag carpet.

Beach Chic

The Surf Lodge in Montauk has a sunken lounge with peacock-blue paint and gold-patterned upholstery, creating a casual yet glamorous vibe for guests.

Organic and Original

Prince Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia’s 1970s-era villa in Switzerland features a semicircular, carpet-clad sunken conversation pit that wraps around a fireplace, blending modernity with timeless design.

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