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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In a living room where space is at a premium, there may not be enough tabletop surface to add framed photos or treasured objects. To inject personality into a living room without taking up valuable tabletop space, consider a gallery wall grouping. Here, a tall wall features nine oversized black-and-white prints of the family with a steel console placed below to anchor the space. When adding a console table to a living room, stick with a maximum depth of 18 inches to keep from impeding traffic flow.
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.