Matching batik armchairs are flea market finds that add a collected, bohemian look. Ladder shelves fill in a large blank wall with sculptural, thrifted finds that inject whimsy and personality into this space.
Cottage-Style Great Room With Matching Linen Sofas
What an impressive great room! Look at those long sofas — perfect for lounging by the fire or watching your favorite TV shows. The symmetry of the room is soothing, as are the neutral tones and natural materials used for the ceiling, walls and floor. The space is at once rustic and contemporary, and large windows bring in plenty of natural light.
Family Room Decked Out in Chocolate and Cream Tones
Chocolate-colored walls and floors create intimacy in this grand family room at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015, while marble mosaic tiles bounce light throughout the space. Designer Kathleen Navarra arranged a breakfast table topped with Copper Dune marble -- a stain-resistant marble with a warm brown finish -- to enjoy picturesque views of the San Francisco Bay.
A generously sized room provides spaces for both relaxing around the fireplace and dining with friends. Rather than resting below one of the specific zones, a large area rug helps delineate the space separating each zone.
Midcentury Modern Open-Plan Living and Dining Space
Perfect for casual weekend living, this Hamptons beach-house dining/family room has a close connection to the kitchen, as well as to outdoor living areas. Glass doors on the ground level slide all the way into the walls, opening the family/dining room and living room to an expansive deck area. The rooms can be entirely open or protected from mosquitoes with a screen system, allowing for summer breezes, ample entertaining areas and restoring connections to nature. “A consistent — but not overwhelming — thread of blue follows throughout these ground level spaces: blue kitchen cabinets, blue custom rug and touches of blue walls,” note the architects.
A huge airport hanger-like building is transformed into a stylish party pad with urban industrial-chic design strokes. An open kitchen and dining area offer easy entertaining potential. Pops of color throughout the space add life and energy.
For homeowners who love to entertain, it was an easy decision to convert the main floor of this house into an open concept layout. The floor plan combined three separate rooms (living and dining room and kitchen) to create a versatile space ideal for large parties. Bright yellow accents are an energizing finishing touch.
"I think the family room and kitchen are a great place for the family to relax and spend time together. It's very comfortable, and the materials are hard-wearing for the kids," says designer Angelica Henry.
White walls recede into the background and show off the majestic forest setting of this home. Color swatches in unusual places—the back of the kitchen island, the legs of the dining chairs—add depth and whimsy.
This large great room features a living area at one end, dining table in the middle and gourmet kitchen at the other end. Glass doors on both sides extend the entertaining potential outside, connecting the room to two different courtyards.
Blue and White Contemporary Great Room With Sectional
For this sophisticated beach house, a blue-and-white palette complements its oceanfront setting, while contemporary details like the armchair's print and sculptural end tables have a decidedly modern feel.