Whether you can't miss Sunday football, love hosting game nights, or simply can't resist hosting friends for an afternoon of lounging, you know that a great room is the perfect spot in which to enjoy all of these activities and more. Characterized by their high ceilings, welcoming feel, and family friendly atmosphere, great rooms are the it place to gather, if you're lucky enough to have one! If your great room could use a bit of extra oomph, read on to see just how special of a place it can be with the right furniture layout and decor. We've rounded up 30 of our favorite spaces for kicking back with fam and friends.
What Is a Great Room?
A great room is an expansive space in which to gather and enjoy leisure activities with friends and family. It is a multipurpose space that may serve as a joint family room, living room, and dining room. Common characteristics include high ceilings, exposed beams and stones, and working fireplaces.
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Sarah Saucedo didn't skimp on seating in her great room and opted for two small sofas that face each other so that the whole crew can easily interact, whether chatting by the fire or participating in family game night. While she kept her furnishings neutral, Sarah's vintage looking rug adds plenty of color and warmth to the space while maintaining the room's cozy factor.Continue to 2 of 30 below.
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Exposed beams add instant coziness to any space and shine in this industrial home's great room by Etch Design Group. Placing a large console behind the sofa adds to the room's rustic charm but also serves as an excellent spot to place platters of food when entertaining—because who wouldn't want to gather down here for movie night?Continue to 4 of 30 below.
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You won't believe how shockingly different Val Malnar's great room looks now compared to its pre-makeover state. Malnar's space is now light filled, cheerful thanks to pops of greenery, and full of personality. Open shelving is always an excellent way to showcase special trinkets, reads, or framed photos, as seen here.Continue to 5 of 30 below.
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Bold and Bright
Great rooms often appear more rustic looking, but that's by no means a design rule—if you're feeling drawn to bold colors, go ahead and embrace them! This space by Karen B Wolf Interiors features modern touches including a black accent wall, a vibrant abstract canvas, and funky patterned curtains.Continue to 6 of 30 below.
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Nothing Wrong With Neutrals
A more neutral space doesn't need to feel boring. Play up the color scheme by hanging eye-catching art, like the 3D pieces we see in this room designed by Charbonneau Interiors, and layer in plenty of decorative accents.Continue to 7 of 30 below.
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Adria Saracino made her great room mid-century glam, with fun elements including a brass trunk that functions as a coffee table, an oversized velvet green chair, and patterned pillows. In lieu of a television, a piece of oversized art above the fireplace adds a soothing touch.Continue to 8 of 30 below.
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Say hello to a show-stopping light fixture! This space by Bartone Interiors combines the best of classic great room style and modern influences—it's a cozy place to kick back but remains current thanks to the sleek coffee table and sideboard.Continue to 9 of 30 below.
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Sticking with softer hues makes your main gathering space feel nice and calming. Keeping accessories to a minimum draws attention to the architectural features of this room by Bees Knees Interior Design Studio—the arched walls and beautiful skylights.Continue to 10 of 30 below.
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Don't be afraid to mix types of seating within a great room, as James Farmer has done in this space. We spot a sofa, a settee, accent chairs, and even a side chair. As long as you stick to a complementary color scheme, your room will look well-planned and not like a furniture store.Continue to 11 of 30 below.
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This great room illustrates the power of mixing metals—and adding glam elements! The designers at Charbonneau Interiors prove that subtle animal prints and European touches can shine in a great room whenContinue to 12 of 30 below.
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This great room by Studio KT features many of our current favorite elements: ceramic vases, an oversized brass mirror, and sculptural abstract art. Together, they're a fab combo.Continue to 13 of 30 below.
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Family Friendly Function
You can't ever have too many side tables in a great room, given that it's a space where the entire family often gathers to eat and drink—just keep those coasters handy to prevent stains. This space by Susan Alisberg of Alisberg Parker Architects shows that pairing black pendant lights with more muted colors is a winning setup.Continue to 14 of 30 below.
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Well Curated Charm
This great room by Southern Studio masters the collected look without appearing cluttered. The key to achieving this? Keeping accessories varied but intentional—organizing books in cohesive stacks and artfully grouping together picture frames will help you master this style.Continue to 15 of 30 below.
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Small pouf ottomans like the fun yellow ones used by Tru Design Colorado are both peppy and multifunctional, serving as both foot rests and seating. Better yet, they can easily be transported to other rooms throughout the house as needed.Continue to 16 of 30 below.
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Shiplap walls look lovely on their own, but don't be afraid to dress them up with an art piece—or several—as James Farmer did in this great room. Though we often associate shiplap with modern farmhouse design, it can be styled to look traditional, too, as we see here. The key is in the furnishings: classic wood pieces add a vintage vibe.Continue to 17 of 30 below.
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If your great room has built ins, which many do, don't feel pressured to fill them up entirely. It's better to keep shelves looking sophisticated and simple, as we see in this room by Becki Owens, than crowding them with possessions that don't have much sentimental value.Continue to 18 of 30 below.
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Get a little spunky with your area rug if that's your thing! Reena Sotropa opted for a whimsical spotted print in this soft gray room.Continue to 19 of 30 below.
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Bring the outdoors in with a carved wooden table like this one Kim Armstrong used. To keep the room leaning cheery and colorful, she went bright with textiles and decorative accents on the gray-blue sectional sofa.Continue to 20 of 30 below.
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Screening Room Chic
If you don't want to mount your television above the fireplace but can't bear missing out on the big game, you can enjoy the best of both worlds—just get a bit creative with layout, as seen in this room by Maestri Studios. Make use of a small but substantial wall to set up your home theater.Continue to 21 of 30 below.
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If you love the boho look, don't think twice about adding some of its elements to your great room. A rug like the one Maestri Studio chose for this space is sure to capture your guests' attention—and feel extra cushy on the feet.Continue to 22 of 30 below.
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Using an ottoman as a coffee table, as designer Lauren Jayne did in this space by Susan Alisberg of Alisberg Parker Architects, is an excellent versatile choice for any room. However, it's especially smart in a room meant for large groups, as it can easily transition into extra seating when needed. Otherwise, it makes for the perfect serving area with a tray or two placed on top.Continue to 24 of 30 below.
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This great room by Right Meets Left Design is preppy with a modern twist. If you're hesitant to commit to a vibrant sofa, opting for colorful accent chairs may appease you in the meantime.Continue to 25 of 30 below.
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All of the Lights
Diana Weinstein made lighting the center of attention in this moody great room. In addition to featuring a trio of pendants overhead, the space also boasts wall sconces that can be turned on instead to cast a soft glow.Continue to 27 of 30 below.
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Open and Airy
Glass cabinets aren't just for books; they're also excellent for showcasing favorite objects (while protecting them from clumsy guests!) and contributing to an open look. Located right off the kitchen, this space by Interior Impressions is airy and serene.Continue to 28 of 30 below.
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Two Times the Tables
Why settle for one coffee table when you can have two? James Farmer added two to this sunny great room, as an expansive space calls for extra furniture. Don't skimp and make guests have to venture too far from their seats to set down their plates.Continue to 29 of 30 below.
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Why, yes, great rooms can certainly be glam if you'd like! This one by Think Chic Interiors is sweet yet simple. Pink and gray mesh wonderfully together, and the oversized glass chandelier finishes off the charming look.Continue to 30 of 30 below.
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Keep It Simple
Minimalists will appreciate how Will Brown designed this great room, which still features eye-catching elements: an artful lamp, purposeful greenery, and a few favorite accent pieces.