Traditional Great Room With Decorative Ceiling and Rich Upholstery
This elegant great room features soft blue-green walls paired with gold accents, like the floral upholstered sofas. A traditional chandelier hangs from a decorative ceiling, while a square coffee table sits atop a teal and gold floral area rug. Five sets of French doors offer natural light and immediate access to the 93-foot terrace.
When choosing a sofa table for your living room, it's important to get the height and length right to keep the space from looking disproportionate. Opt for a table that's at least two-thirds the length of sofa and with a height between 32 and 36 inches. This offers enough surface to accommodate a pair of table lamps, plus the proper height to keep the top of the table level with the back of the sofa.
Perfect for spending time with family, this beach home has a traditional great room that connects the kitchen, living and dining spaces. Square columns create soft separation while the hardwood floors lead you form one room to the next.
“When we were furnishing the home, we jazzed it up a little bit,” explains HGTV Dream Home 2015 interior designer Linda Woodrum. “We have a traditional living room with an edge, and we kept it very monochromatic with grays, blacks and whites. We pulled in some of that blue because we know we are in a resort area, and we wanted to celebrate that kind of sense.”
The wall of French doors allow natural light to flow into the two-story great room in the HGTV Dream Home 2012. The stacked-stone fireplace, timber framing and white board-and-batten walls add rustic-country charm to this mountain home.
Mortis-and-tenon timber trusses, stabilized with stainless steel collar ties, visually lower the vaulted ceiling and transform an otherwise voluminous space into a cozy escape. As if aged and weathered by the elements, timbers, washed in a finish of water and gray paint, play up the room's invented farmhouse history.
Coffee tables can make a huge impact on the look and functionality of a living room. With their lack of sharp edges, round coffee tables or ottomans are great for living rooms used by children; however, they can result in wasted space when placed next to square or rectangular sofas and chairs. To outfit a seating area with plenty of useable tabletop surface (or multipurpose occasional seating), consider grouping two or three round coffee tables or ottomans together.
Drama and warmth combine in this impressive Old World residence encompassing a total of 14,496 square feet. The double-height great room features a coquina coral fireplace flanked by double sets of French doors that open to the waterfront loggia and pool patio.
The owners of this traditional, coastal home requested a lounge-style dining area with views to the ocean. The designers took advantage of the open concept floor plan to arrange the furniture into a focal point, drawing the eye from the entry straight through the dining space to the sweeping vista beyond. The entire back of the house opens up to a full sun deck, allowing for panoramic views of the beach.
Spacious Great Room With Stone Tile Floor and Multiple Glass Doors
This spacious great room features neutral stone tile flooring, a large dining table with wicker dining chairs, dual fireplaces, plush white furniture, and five glass French doors leading to the pool area outside.
Traditional, Coastal Great Room with Custom Dining Table
Hues of aqua, coral and sand tie this wide open, traditional great room to its coastal setting, while broad windows usher in loads of natural light and literally bring the outdoors in. The two-story central space delineates the dining area while giving the entire living-dining-kitchen area an open, airy feel. An oversized dining table and lounge-style seating encourages lingering over the table for relaxing, leisurely conversation.
Adding French doors to a living room creates indoor-outdoor functionality and supplies the space with natural light. Before adding French doors to your living room, consider which direction they'll need to swing. If seating will be placed within 36 inches of the doors, it's best to choose an outward-swinging style for optimum traffic flow. If the space just inside the doors will be unobstructed, an inward-swinging option will work well. Most home improvement stores offer inward- and outward-swinging doors for the same price.
Traditional Great Room with Coastal Feel, Strong Focal Point
The wide open living spaces in this coastal home are designed to emphasize, first and foremost, the view. Neutral walls and broad windows spotlight the sweeping coastal vista. Meanwhile the arrangement of the dining room, with its eye-catching captain's chair, forms a visual line upon entry that draws the eye through the center of the room and to the windows beyond.
Furnishing a living room with a nearby staircase can present a traffic flow obstacle. Similar to hallways, it's best to think of staircases as high-traffic areas requiring at least 36 inches of clearance. Rather than outfitting the walls around a staircase with heavy furniture, try using them to showcase art or accent pieces, such as sculptural chairs or occasional seating in the form of ottomans or lightweight benches.
Open-Concept Living and Dining Space With Traditional Style
This open great room serves as a formal foyer, dining and living room. The light and fresh color palette makes the room appear larger. One paint color and wainscoting unify the space, while two complementary area rugs delineate it.