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Contemporary Great Room With Brown Leather Sofas
For a family with three boys under the age of 12, a sprawling family center that opens out to the backyard was just the ticket. “An open-plan living made sense to them as they really wanted a room that would be the "heart" of the home and where they could all gather together and interact with each other, even if they are doing different activities,” says designer Nelly Reffet of Twinkle & Whistle Interior Design. To give the space an inviting feel, Reffet took care with her choices of color and material. “One of the possible downsides of open-plan living, especially in contemporary homes, is that the room may feel a little cold and impersonal,” she says. “Using ‘warm’ or earthy materials and/or colors, as well as a mix of textures is a great way to balance this, and to create a more lived-in space.”
Stepping inside, guests will find a great room that's rich with natural light. Steel beams painted black offer a cool contrast to the crisp white walls, while a large chandelier further accentuates the vaulted ceilings.
Double doors lead into the great room, where a sitting area and dining space give the owners plenty of room to entertain. Wood cabinets serve as a backdrop for the dining set and keep extra glasses on hand, while an Acrylic table and black-and-white area rug make a chic statement.
Designer Tiffany Brooks found a very old cathedral light fixture that she had replicated locally in Dallas. The show-stopping fixture now hangs over the great room seating area to offer stylish illumination and serve as a conversation starter.
Multicolored Contemporary Great Room With Green Chairs
As seen on HGTV's Elbow Room, this great room in a converted barn features a mix of contemporary and rustic elements. An oversized black island overlooks the vacation-like living room, which features striped green chairs and a cream-colored loveseat.
Two-Story Great Room Features Contemporary Furnishings
With two-story ceilings, stunning views of the outdoors and stylish furniture, this great room is an ideal place for entertaining. Black tile floors provide contrast against the light walls and furnishings.
White Great Room With Large Island, Conical Pendant Lights
This contemporary white great room features a large white island with waterfall countertop and black conical pendants overhead. The space leads into a covered patio that can be closed off by a removable wall.
Impressive Great Room Boasts High Ceilings, Forest Views
High ceilings, an oversized fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows lend a sense of grandeur to this great room. The architecture, which boasts rustic, earthy materials, is a nod to the home's woodsy locale. Contemporary furnishings keep the space feeling fresh and current.
Modern pendant lights and low-level furniture in the great room help accentuate the beach home's towering ceilings. Recessed lighting, a sleek range hood and elongated kitchen island complement the chic design, making the space feel comfortable but sophisticated.
Layered with oodles of patterns, this chic black-and-white living area takes on tons of personality. Because the space uses the same basic color base, the resulting look is fun instead of overwhelming.
Warm neutral tones and streamlined furnishings help this large great room flow as one. The custom two story chimney is made with organic wood and stainless steel accents and becomes an easy center piece for the whole home.
An open concept floor plan works well for this light and bright home with its white walls and ceiling and tons of windows. Sliding glass doors set up an easy-in, easy-out flow that helps to bring the outdoors in.
The custom bookcase not only solved the problem of the built-in AC unit, but the shelves provide storage and display in the living area. The large coffee table is distressed and rugged, the perfect place for kicking up your feet and relaxing.
Bright, Contemporary Great Room With Coffered Ceiling and Built-In Shelves
The open design in this stylish great room creates a bright and inviting look. A white coffered ceiling looks down on neutral furniture decorated with graphic throw pillows and subtle accent colors. Built-in shelving supplies space to decorate the room with personal style around the fireplace and television.
The living area of this great room, tucked under a bank of 12-foot-tall windows, provides a stunning view of the desert landscape. Furnishings are toned down so all eyes focus on the glorious scenery just steps from the back patio. (From HGTV Dream Home 2010)
Walls of windows not only fill the great room with natural light, but also provide clear views of the entire backyard. In turn, the owners can enjoy their outdoor space no matter what the weather's like.