the great room
layer 1: materials
A Wood flooring is a wonderful building block. It provides continuity between rooms and keeps the flow “clean.”
B Area rugs ground and define seating areas.
C Stone or tile beneath a wood-burning fireplace dresses up this focal point and prohibits scorching.
D When it comes to paint, keep in mind that this wall is visible from the foyer. Painting it a shade darker or lighter will make it an immediate focal point.
layer 2: furnishings
E This room sectionaland is easily sofa accessibletakes a central from positionall sides. in Leavethe aboutarea for 36 maximuminches of accesswalk spaceand egress.around this seating
F A console table serves many functions, including providing extra table space, hiding the sofa back and creating an interesting view from the kitchen. The height should be no taller than your sofa, typically 32 inches high.
G A coffee table should be placed no more than 17 inches away from the seating, and its height should correspond to the seat height — usually about 18 inches high.
H Armoires should be at least 24 inches deep, regardless of use. Height is based on the scale of your room.
I A bench adds hearthside seating without adding bulk. Ideally, the bench should be between
42 and 62 inches wide, 20 to 30 inches deep and 18 inches high.
J Swivel chairs (18 to 20 inches high) around a game table (about 48 inches round by 32 inches high) add depth and an activity area.
K A lounge chair is a primary spot for reading and relaxing. Be sure to buy the right size. A tall person will be more comfortable in a seat that’s 38 to 42 inches deep, whereas a petite person will be happier in one that’s 37 inches deep. Width also is a factor.
L A seating area always needs a horizontal surface. This table is meant to serve only one person at a time, and therefore can be smaller.