Combine the three elements of design to achieve the perfect great room, one that will impress your guests, but still create a sense of warmth and conversation to welcome family and friends.
1. The Visual Divide of a Great Room
To visually divide a great room in the proper way, use architectural details to help define the areas within the open space. For example natural ceiling beams, half walls, columns or a change in floor height can all serve to divide a great room, while still allowing the glorious impression of an open treatment.
2. The Conversation Piece
Creating a great conversation area in your great room is very important. Having a space that will welcome people in, keep them happy, and spark wonderful communication is the ideal. The place of conversation should be one that feels like the heart of the room. Emphasize a seating arrangement that brings people together and is free of the distractions of too many objects. Negative space, with the addition of one or two signature “conversation pieces” will encourage the idea that people are more important than things.
3. The Room Anchor
Great rooms, as wonderfully spacious as they are, can wind up with a cluttered feeling if there are too many small pieces in the space. It is important to include larger, anchoring piece in your home decor design. Some typical examples of objects that will do the trick include a large, sectional sofa, a piano, built-in bookcases, or an impressive fireplace surround. Smaller pieces and accessories can then be tucked in as required.