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Traditional Great Room With Dining Table
An elegant dining room with a carved wood table and statement-making aged bronzed and crystal chandelier opens up to a cozy seating area in front of a fireplace. The elegant black and gold painted console on the right is an ideal solution for media storage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spacious Great Room With Inviting Furniture Layout
If your living room lacks the square footage to accommodate end tables, consider forgoing them in favor of a table positioned behind the sofa. Here, the empty space on each side of the sofa allows for proper flow to and from the nearby kitchen; however, the sofa table still allows enough tabletop surface to display decorative objects and table lamps.
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.
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.
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.
When "floating" furniture in a living room – or positioning it away from the walls and centered around a focal point – use a measuring tape to ensure at least 36 inches of space is left between the central seating and any pieces placed along the perimeter. This will allow for ideal traffic flow throughout the room.
Renovated Basement Great Room With Exposed Beam Ceiling
This spacious basement great room features traditional furniture, include a brown suede sofa and neutral striped armchair and ottoman. The exposed beam filing completes the look of the space, while the nearby fitness room and bar provide additional areas for entertainment.
In addition to functionality, it's important to consider visual balance when designing a living room. As you arrange furniture, take a step back and look at the room from several vantage points, especially from nearby staircases and landings. What may appear properly balanced from below may look cluttered from above.
This large room was made for elegant parties, with a gleaming wood floor and plenty of space for a grand piano and multiple seating areas. Delicately painted ceiling panels are set off by dark brown wood trim.