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Dining Space
Dining Space
District Home Staging
Example of a large trendy light wood floor and beige floor great room design in DC Metro with white walls
Fulshear Project
Fulshear Project
Dodson Interiors
Transitional great room photo in Houston
LIVING ROOMS AND DINING ROOMS
LIVING ROOMS AND DINING ROOMS
Monte Cristo's of England
PHOTO BY ANTONIO SANCHEZ-GARCIA
Elegant concrete floor great room photo in Miami
Beach House in Bayhead
Beach House in Bayhead
ML Interior Designs
Beach style light wood floor great room photo in New York with white walls and a standard fireplace
105 Rancho Trail - Partners in Building
105 Rancho Trail - Partners in Building
Five Star Interiors
Transitional dark wood floor great room photo in Austin with beige walls
Dining
Dining
Laidlaw Schultz architects
Great room - mid-century modern great room idea in Orange County
Modern Bohemian
Modern Bohemian
Julia Katrine Designs
Mid-sized minimalist medium tone wood floor, brown floor and wallpaper great room photo with black walls
40th Street Farmhouse
40th Street Farmhouse
David Charlez Designs
Example of a farmhouse medium tone wood floor, brown floor, exposed beam, vaulted ceiling and shiplap wall great room design in Minneapolis with white walls
Woodfin
Woodfin
Constructionologists
Mid-sized trendy light wood floor and beige floor great room photo in Dallas with white walls and no fireplace
Custom Residence - Holly Springs, GA
Custom Residence - Holly Springs, GA
Caldwell-Cline Architects & Designers
Open spaces, dining room, into family room, and kitchen. With big picture windows looking out on the pool courtyard.
Large country medium tone wood floor, wood ceiling and wood wall great room photo in Atlanta with white walls, a standard fireplace and a wood fireplace surround
Private Waterfront Residence on the Tred Avon River
Private Waterfront Residence on the Tred Avon River
Purple Cherry Architects
Example of a classic medium tone wood floor and brown floor great room design in Baltimore with beige walls
California Modern
California Modern
GONTERMAN CUSTOM HOMES
Tuscan light wood floor great room photo in Orange County with white walls and no fireplace
Seven Oaks Showcase
Seven Oaks Showcase
JAUREGUI Architecture Interiors Construction
Spanish Mission style
Tuscan great room photo in Austin
Dining Room
Dining Room
Michael Abrams Interiors
Example of a classic brown floor great room design in Chicago with blue walls
West Sonoma County Farmhouse
West Sonoma County Farmhouse
JMA (Jim Murphy and Associates)
Erhard Pfeiffer
Huge country medium tone wood floor great room photo in San Francisco with white walls, a standard fireplace and a brick fireplace
Skyline Park at Easton Park - Avalon ll
Skyline Park at Easton Park - Avalon ll
Dream Finders Homes
Example of a transitional medium tone wood floor and brown floor great room design in Jacksonville with gray walls
Stinson Beach House
Stinson Beach House
WA Design Architects
Mid-sized beach style concrete floor great room photo in San Francisco with white walls and no fireplace
Inlet Beach
Inlet Beach
Crowell + Co. Interiors
Caroline Allison
Inspiration for a coastal light wood floor great room remodel in Miami with white walls
Creekside In Tennessee
Creekside In Tennessee
Vernich Interiors
Design: Vernich Interiors Photographer: Gieves Anderson
Transitional dark wood floor, brown floor, exposed beam and vaulted ceiling great room photo in Nashville with white walls
Franklin Street Loft - Dining Room / Kitchen
Franklin Street Loft - Dining Room / Kitchen
Jane Kim Design
Photography by Eduard Hueber / archphoto North and south exposures in this 3000 square foot loft in Tribeca allowed us to line the south facing wall with two guest bedrooms and a 900 sf master suite. The trapezoid shaped plan creates an exaggerated perspective as one looks through the main living space space to the kitchen. The ceilings and columns are stripped to bring the industrial space back to its most elemental state. The blackened steel canopy and blackened steel doors were designed to complement the raw wood and wrought iron columns of the stripped space. Salvaged materials such as reclaimed barn wood for the counters and reclaimed marble slabs in the master bathroom were used to enhance the industrial feel of the space.

Great rooms are open-concept spaces that include a living and dining room combination, often with the addition of a kitchen as well. They’re ideal for fostering a casual, social environment in the home, but all that undefined space can pose a bit of a challenge when it comes to arranging furniture and decor. So if you’re on the lookout for great room ideas, consider the following design tips and inspiration below.

1. Mix Up the Flooring

It’s nice to create sections within a great room, so that the space doesn’t feel overwhelming or drafty. One of the easiest ways to do this is to use different types of flooring throughout the room, with hardwood or tile in a kitchen and carpet or area rugs underneath a sitting area.

2. Statement Lighting

Your decor should help highlight and define different zones, so try hanging a bold chandelier above a dining table or sofa.

3. Highlight the Fireplace

If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, design the room around it. You can install stonework or wood paneling above the fireplace to span the height of your wall, or arrange sofas and chairs around it for a cozy gathering spot.

4. Add an Island

Great rooms with kitchens are ideal for socializing or spending time with the family, but it’s also nice to cordon off your prep space. Strike a balance by installing a kitchen island or wrap-around countertop, and leave the mess inside.

5. Lay Down a Warming Rug

Adding a rug is another easy way to define different zones and keep your home feeling warm and cozy. Put it under a dining table or in the center of a living room area.

6. Opt For a Sectional Sofa

If you’re picking out new furniture, think about what sorts of interior layouts will work with the flow of the space. Sectional sofas are great for creating a defined family room and will add to the casual, welcoming mood.

7. Paint the Walls

Great room design is all about balancing the grand scale with casual comfort, and sometimes going all white can leave the space feeling too cold. In that case, try painting the walls beige or blue to bring some color to the room.

8. Install Built-In Shelves

Consider integrating a library within your great room with built-in shelves or a large bookcase. Whether you keep novels or cookbooks on the walls, a built-in unit is ideal for unifying the space.

9. Go Grand with a Lodge Style

Great rooms with tall, vaulted ceilings deserve an interior style that’s equally impressive. Opt for a stately ski lodge look with a ribbon fireplace and plenty of warm woods.

10. Keep It Cozy

Even if you don’t have high ceilings, going with a cozy look is key in such a big space. Create a warm and rustic space with a white wooden beam ceiling, chunky throw blankets and a cream colored couch.


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