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Woodfin
Woodfin
Constructionologists
Mid-sized trendy light wood floor and beige floor great room photo in Dallas with white walls and no fireplace
New Transitional Home with Spanish Influence
New Transitional Home with Spanish Influence
Michelle Anaya Architects
Transitional dark wood floor and brown floor great room photo in Los Angeles with white walls and no fireplace
The Bon Ton Loft
The Bon Ton Loft
Envi Interior Design Studio
Photo by Audrey Hall
Inspiration for an eclectic dark wood floor great room remodel in Other with white walls
Historic 17th St Boise Home
Historic 17th St Boise Home
Innovative Custom Homes
Inspiration for a craftsman medium tone wood floor great room remodel in Boise with gray walls
Southwest Hills Contemporary
Southwest Hills Contemporary
Rockwood Cabinetry
Remodel by Ostmo Construction Interior Design by Lord Design Photos by Blackstone Edge Studios
Great room - large contemporary medium tone wood floor and brown floor great room idea in Portland with white walls
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Harborview Renovation
Harborview Renovation
Bosworth Architect LLC
Inspiration for a large transitional medium tone wood floor and brown floor great room remodel in Boston with white walls
Rockpoint Ridge Home
Rockpoint Ridge Home
Dove Mountain Homes
Large open great room and dining area with a mix of custom and Restoration Hardware furnishings.
Large southwest travertine floor great room photo in Phoenix with beige walls, a standard fireplace and a stone fireplace
2016 Parade Home Highland
2016 Parade Home Highland
JCD Custom Home Design
Custom Home Design by Joe Carrick Design. Built by Highland Custom Homes. Photography by Nick Bayless Photography
Large transitional dark wood floor great room photo in Salt Lake City with white walls and no fireplace
Kitchen Dining Area - Lombardy Ave Project - Central Builders LLC
Kitchen Dining Area - Lombardy Ave Project - Central Builders LLC
Marty Paoletta Photography
Kitchen Dining Area - Photography by Marty Paoletta
Inspiration for a mid-sized transitional dark wood floor and brown floor great room remodel in Nashville with white walls and no fireplace
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
Century Towers Residence
Century Towers Residence
Paul Davis Architects
Photography by Claudio Santini
Inspiration for a mid-sized modern dark wood floor and brown floor great room remodel in Los Angeles with beige walls and no fireplace
Palo Alto Modern
Palo Alto Modern
Sarahliz Lawson Design
New Modern House Construction in Palo Alto, California Builder: Ammirato Construction Photography: David Duncan Livingston
Inspiration for a contemporary dark wood floor and brown floor great room remodel in San Francisco with white walls
Modern Tuscan
Modern Tuscan
Diamante Custom Homes
Huge elegant ceramic tile and multicolored floor great room photo in Austin with beige walls and no fireplace
Blackberry Lane Residence
Blackberry Lane Residence
BBA Architects LP
Country medium tone wood floor and brown floor great room photo in Houston with white walls
Casa AAK
Casa AAK
Bernardo Pozas Residential Design
Trendy gray floor and marble floor great room photo in Austin with no fireplace
Sunset Drive Residence
Sunset Drive Residence
Vandervort Architects
Michael Shopenn
Trendy great room photo in Seattle
Encinitas Modern Connection
Encinitas Modern Connection
KW Designs
Inspiration for a modern light wood floor and beige floor great room remodel in San Diego with gray walls
Vintage Oaks goes Modern
Vintage Oaks goes Modern
New Leaf Custom Homes
Farmhouse concrete floor and beige floor great room photo in Dallas with white walls, a standard fireplace and a stone fireplace
Hemphill Renovation
Hemphill Renovation
A. Perry Homes
Great room - large transitional dark wood floor great room idea in Chicago with gray walls and no fireplace
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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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