Great Room Designs are very important as they are the room in your home where families and friends gather in your Living Room. A deeply coffered ceiling works in tandem with the careful gridwork of shelving that flanks the fireplace to define the space in bold, linear strokes. When sophistication is the design goal for a seaside home, it pays to pause before bathing the living room in blues. You have to test them to discover the ones that read sophisticated and not silly,” says designer Jack Fhillips, who did precisely that in the living room he designed for the Shippan Designer Showhouse in Stamford, Connecticut. Dove gray and attention to detail create serene sophistication in the living room of this Connecticut home overlooking Long Island Sound.
The large living room in this DC Design House (Washington, D.C.) exudes elegance with a deftly played palette that keeps all parts of the space in harmony. A large table in front of the fireplace divides the space into two conversation areas, and its yellow-and-white cotton striped skirt introduces a sunny spirit that’s essential for a room so large to feel livable. When a living room like the one in this East Hampton house is blessed with beautiful French doors and an abundance of light, a smart designer knows to leave well enough alone: Keep the windows undressed.
Used as both a family room and a living room, the 20×30-foot space in this Atlanta home gathers its elegant energy from patterns that are even more subtle than tone-on-tone—they’re created entirely from textures. The pair of modified wing chairs at the fireplace are covered in a beige fabric woven in small diamond motifs (no coincidence, the Pollack fabric is Diamondieu”).
Even the accessories on the fireplace wall’s shelves are pared down for importance. Along the history-conscious East Coast, the living room of an Oyster Bay, New York, home in which George Washington really did sleep (during a 1790 visit) had a lot to live up to. So when designer Sallie Giordano bought it as her family’s weekend retreat, one of her overarching impulses was to honor its age.
In the living room of his home in Hickory, North Carolina, the cofounder of furniture manufacturer Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams pairs his new designs with vintage favorites from the mid-century. His eye for quality is revealed in his treasured old Lucite chair, Eames-style white leather armchair, and Frank Gehry cardboard chair, all of which mingle with his own clean-lined designs. A single glance at the living room of this 1928 Mediterranean Revival in Los Angeles—even without furniture—was enough to announce the home’s elegance.