With new homes being built with the current lifestyle in mind, many opt for a large great room over formal separated rooms. Even if your home includes a formal dining room, your great room may include the kitchen, family room space, and an eat-in area for casual dining. Here are some great tips when it comes to filling these spaces with furniture, décor, and accessories.
1. Break it Up
Think about how you will utilize each space within the great room. If there’s a specific area that will be setup with a television for family gatherings consider breaking this section apart from the rest with a sectional or a sofa and loveseat paired in an ‘L’ configuration.
To help you achieve different ‘rooms’ within the great room, utilize area rugs! By placing an area rug under your kitchen table and another under your sectional or sofa you are creating different spaces visually with different colors, textures, and a nature separation.
2. Make it Functional
Is there an empty wall that could house a console or dresser for some extra storage? Take advantage of the corners and ‘in between’ spaces within the great room where your kitchen transitions to your dining area and to your living space.
These areas are perfect for storage bookshelves, storage consoles, or even desks to create a work space that’s still included in the family area.
3. Don't Be Afraid to 'Float'
When it comes to furniture placement, don't be afraid to float some furniture pieces. With such a large, open floor plan you'll need to get creative and not all pieces can be anchored against a wall. Floating sofas are a great opportunity to break up a large space and add the option of a sofa table or low bookshelf behind the sofa for extra storage and display areas.