18 Great Room Ideas – Open Floor Plan Decorating Tips

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The great room is easily the hardest working room in the house, as its entire purpose to serve multiple key functions all in one shared space. The goal is to make everyday living just a little easier, and to make a communal space a little more enticing. As a result, they can present some extra design challenges. With more moving parts and pieces to the puzzle, great rooms are that much harder to decorate. Layout, color schemes, and scale… So if you’re looking for some inspiration, keep reading for eighteen great rooms design ideas and decorating tips.

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Pack It All In

In this beach house, designer Alexander Design made the family room feel upscale and sophisticated yet down to earth, livable, and coastal. This great room truly has it all, from a dining area to a formal hang out spot and

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29 Open Kitchen Designs with Living Room

In this gallery you’ll find beautiful open kitchen designs with living room including ideas for paint, finishes and decor.Contemporary kitchen with open concept to living room and waterfall travertine counter island

Homes & apartments with open plan design continues to be popular, especially among new developments. Such layout is favored because it helps save space and gives a lighter feel to the space. Open plan layouts are often applied on common areas, such as the living room, dining room & kitchen for residential properties.

People usually have different reasons for favoring open layouts. The living room & the kitchen are not often placed adjacent to each other, as the dining area is usually the one placed adjacent to the kitchen. Placing it right by the living area does have it’s advantages though, most especially if you love multitasking & entertaining your guests.

An open plan living room allows you to see what is happening in the living area while preparing food (or

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7 Design-Savvy Ideas for Open Floor Plans

As living spaces move toward more-casual open floor plans, you’ll find that they provide endless opportunities for you to get creative with decorating and your furniture arrangements. After all, open floor plans encourage you to create distinct areas, section off cozy corners, or combine what would normally be different rooms, such as your office and your dining area, into one large multipurpose space. There are definite tried-and-true tricks that can help you master your own open floor plan design—and we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite spaces that are sure to guide and inspire you.

Photo by Andreas Mikkel Hansen

Photo by Andreas Mikkel Hansen

Get Set with Some Symmetry

An easy way to tackle an expansive space is to create a balanced look with your larger furniture pieces. Doubling up sofas for a sumptuous seating area and complementing it with a big dining table and matching chairs will instantly play up a

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NICU Nurses’ Stress and Work Environment in an Open Ward Compared to a Combined Pod and Single-Family Room Design. – PubMed


The architectural design of a neonatal intensive care unit may affect the quality of the work environment for nurses, yet few studies have been conducted using reliable and valid measures. Recent studies have suggested some drawbacks of single-family rooms (SFRs) for both infants and parents. Research is needed to explore nurses’ work environment in units combining pods and SFRs.


To compare neonatal intensive care unit nurses’ work stress, satisfaction, obstacles, support, team effectiveness, ability to provide family-centered care, and satisfaction with noise, light, and sightlines in an open ward with a new unit of pods and SFRs.


A pre-post occupancy study was conducted in a level 3 unit before and after transitioning to a new unit of 6-bed pods and SFRs.


There were no significant differences in nurse stress, satisfaction, support from colleagues, perceptions of team effectiveness, and ability to provide family-centered care between the open

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Modern Farmhouse Family Room Makeover + How To Design with an Open Floor Plan

Postbox Designs Interior E-Design: Farmhouse Meets Modern Living Room Makeover, Modern Farmhouse Decor,

Hi Friends! Welcome to Postbox Designs! If this is your first time here, I’m a Michigan mama of three who has been an interior designer for about 14 years now. For about 12 of those years I worked in high-end residential design, but for the last few years I have taken everything I learned and brought it to the Interior E-Design world. I realized so many of my clients were trying to cram time to shop around town with me into their busy schedules. With E-Design I now custom design my client’s rooms virtually, while keeping the personal touch.

My clients can order their entire room in an hour without leaving home. In their comfy pants.

That is a dream come true for a lot of us! And today I’m sharing one of my recent projects:

Modern Farmhouse Family Room Makeover

If you missed  Modern Farmhouse Family Room Part I

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Open Living Rooms

Living area with high, wood ceilings

A living room that opens into the kitchen and dining room can often feel too big, making the space less cozy and more cavernous. If you plan to open up these areas of your home, consider using an archway or other architectural element to create transitions that counteract the effect.

Opening Up the Space

If you live in an older home with doors and/or walls dividing these rooms, you may be able to remove them. Unless you are an architect or other qualified construction professional , you should never do this on your own. Certain walls are load bearing, meaning that without them upper floors or your roof will not have the support needed to stay in place.

A professional can tell you which walls can go and which ones must stay. That being said, you may still be able to alter a wall that provides support without sacrificing safety.

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parent and staff perceptions of open ward versus single family room units

J Perinatol. 2010 May; 30(5): 343–351.

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Open Kitchen Family Room Design Ideas

A black and white horse art piece hangs over a modern gray play kitchen in a family room play corner.

Coats Homes

White sliding doors on rails open to a family room furnished with a charcoal gray sectional placed behind a blue rug in front of a wall covered in pink pineapple wallpaper framing a window dressed in a bamboo roman shade.

Christiano Homes

An open plan kitchen features rustic wood beams accented suspended over white cabinets paired with white quartz countertops and a marble subway tiled backsplash.

JMA Interior Design

Under a shiplap ceiling, this beautiful cottage home boasts an open floor plan.

Brooke Wagner Design

Kitchen spills into family room filled with an oatmeal linen sofa as well as beige striped accent chairs facing a large wall-mount tv.

Jean Stoffer Design

Seaside family room features a brown chesterfield sofa lined with blue and gray pillows as well as

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Open Kitchen Design vs Closed

Lately we’ve noticed chatter on some of our favorite idea sites, including Pinterest and Houzz, debating whether it’s better to have a kitchen that’s walled off from the rest of the house, or one that opens up to adjacent family rooms and dining areas.

The debate is timely. For years, designers, architects, and homeowners have been touting the benefits of open floor plans.

But all that openness has been around for awhile, and for some folks the pendulum is now swinging back the other way.

Which is better? We’ve got the answer.

Related: Why White Kitchens Stand the Test of Time

Opening Arguments: The Open Kitchen

The idea of the open kitchen has been around since the 1990s and continues to be popular.

For example, in 2006 the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported that “the integration of kitchens with informal living space (great rooms) remains a popular design.” The

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