The Five Elements of the Perfect Great Room
Combine the five 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.
4. The Proper Scale
With tall ceilings, a great room can fall prey to a sense of imbalance. Taller furniture will lead the eye, and create the sense that all fits perfectly in the space. Opt for chairs and sofas with taller backs, taller bookcases that reach up, or even an impressive armoire, to keep everything to scale. Don’t forget to apply this same principal to accessories such as lamps and art pieces.
5. Lighting Design
During the day, your great room is most likely filled with light, but when the sun begins to set, shadows and dark corners may become a concern. The challenge of lighting a great room is providing proper light for tasks and to set the mood, while avoiding the awkward look of too many lamps.
To solve this lighting issue, pick just a couple lamps in a larger scale that will balance the room, and then add in slimmer lighting pieces. Mixing in wall sconces and recessed lighting can also help with correct lighting.